Hello dear neglected unadulterated! I love my little old blog, I really do, but man, life goes by so fast these days! I am not as good at posting here as I used to be - nowadays I am more likely to post reviewlets to Goodreads or Instagram. This summer I've been keeping up with #bookaday - and lots of others have too, it's a good hashtag to browse.
What else is happening this summer? I've been pounding the kids' graphic novels (Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Graphic Novels Subcommittee REPRESENT!) and ferreting out new middle grade novels that would make good read-alouds. I'm noticing more really stellar entries into the early chapter book market - Princess in Black and Yeti Files were just the start of a very nice trend, it seems. And my library system recently had our annual Make a Difference to Children Week.
Which always makes me laugh. Make a Difference to Children Week - as opposed to the other 51 weeks of the year, when we kind of just ignore them, right?
Ha ha NO. Of course not. But during MaDtC Week, we have additional opportunities to have enhanced interaction with kids. Not to bog you down with program details, but parents and kids are given incentives to spend quality time with library staff. These interactions are pure gold. Everybody learns something - the kid, the library staff member, and, if you do it right, the parent. Here are some highlights just from my week - and it's a big system, just think what was going on all over: