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The other day I was lucky enough to get a finished copy of Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle in the mail. This is a book that was high on my TBR list for this spring so I squealed a bit when I opened my package. Thanks so much Katherine Tegen Books and Harper Collins. Here is the synopsis:
On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes.
The first wish is an impossible wish. The second is a wish she can make come true herself. And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.
Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She’s full to bursting with wishes, however. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class, and she thinks maybe it would be nice if her very first kiss came from him. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be...noticed.
So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.
Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1934/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads. He will push his helmet slightly to one side, scratch his head thoughtfully, and then he will point his huge white-gloved finger and say: "First to your right, second to your left, sharp right again, and you're there. Good-morning."
Premise/plot: The Banks family is in need of a nanny. The children's idea of a 'perfect' nanny is far different from their parents idea. Mary Poppins is the practically-perfect nanny that transforms a family though this transformation is not overnight and without struggle. Each chapter is an adventure of sorts.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. It wasn't the first time I read it. I've reread it a few times even. Some chapters I love and adore. Other chapters I merely like. But if you haven't read it, I think it's one you should consider reading! It is really different from the movie and live musical. My favorite song from the live musical is Practically Perfect.
"I thought you might sleep through it." The creature smiled. Saki's voice was little more than a whisper. "Sleep through what?" It leaned over. She stared into its will-o'-the-wisp eyes. "The Night Parade, of course."
The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother's village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family's ancestral shrine on a malicious dare. But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked...and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth-or say goodbye to the world of the living forever...
In writing your story, did you ever find yourself concerned with how to best approach "edgy" behavior on the part of your characters? If so, what were your thoughts, and what did you conclude? Why do you think your decision was the right one?
Though my protagonist certainly isn’t the most “edgy” in terms of behavior, she does start the story with a pretty big chip on her shoulder.
Saki’s act of rebellion is the catalyst that sets off the main events of the plot, so it had to be significant enough to provoke consequences without losing too much sympathy for her character.
To find this balance, her motivation was the key. From the beginning, Saki is a flawed hero with a lot of internal conflict; she’s trying to manage a toxic adolescent social life and her own need for acceptance from her peers, so it’s understandable when she caves to some of that pressure and makes a few bad decisions.
Making a big mistake may seem like the end of the world to a lot of people—and Saki certainly thinks so in the story—but I decided right from the concept stage that I wanted to deconstruct that idea. A lot of the books I read growing up had a protagonist with a very strong sense of self, but Saki doesn’t have that yet. Her weaknesses are very human, and sometimes even a little petty. She’s still getting to know the person she’s becoming and that’s okay. Another key theme of the story is forgiveness, and Saki’s journey is all about second chances.
As a fantasy writer, going in, did you have a sense of how events/themes in your novel might parallel or speak to events/issues in our real world? Or did this evolve over the course of many drafts?
Writing longhand in Osaka
The theme certainly evolved as the characters found their voices, but a sense of duality was there from the very beginning: city and country, young and old, modern and traditional, humans and spirits.
Anytime these things are put side-by-side there’s a tendency to pit them against one another. Go one step further and people start to separate themselves based on these perceived qualities.
One of the major themes of Saki’s story is finding the balance. Part of her journey towards self-discovery is recognizing that she can be dynamic and adaptable, and that she can inhabit more than one world at a time. In a world that seems increasingly divided in its thinking, I believe that’s a quality we should all aspire toward.
On a more concrete level, the story speaks to the issues of age, multi-generational families and tradition. Saki understands on some level why some of the rituals her family performs during the Obon holidays are important, but until she has an experience of her own she doesn’t feel as connected to the tradition.
Younger generations worldwide are facing similar experience gaps. The world we live in now is simply not the same as the world our parents and grandparents grew up in, so unless we invest some of our time in communication there is a lot we risk losing. Fittingly, this was one of the themes that took the longest to mature.
In both fantasy and reality, understanding the past is usually the surest way to help prepare for a brighter future.
Remastered original Grammy -winning album pete with a new companion DVD of never-before-seen footage of performances by Pete with the Paul Winter Consort, Susan Osborn, and the Pe de Boi Samba band "What I want to do with this album is give people something that encourages the creative process and gets people out of the boxes they're been put in." -Pete Seeger "Like Bach, Pete Seeger is the summing-up of an entire era. He is a treasury of American music, and more than anyone I know, Pete gives voice to the soul of this country." -Paul Winter
Driving cars is one of my favorite hobbies which also give me freedom to explore the world around from my comfort zone. Come rain or shine, driving a car inspires me more than walking or biking. Driving is intuitive and gives you a sense of control whenever you feel down and want to explore the outdoors in a car. In the fast changing world, a car is not only an asset but a necessity that can help you manage everyday tasks. That explains the ever increasing demand for cars just like in the words of Doug Larson, “If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.”
Learning something new on a regular basis is very inspiring and a great way of overcoming stress. Driving to new environments has helped me see new things and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. Even when visiting other countries, I enjoy self-driving from its flexibility and the opportunities that it offers to enjoy other people’s culture and experience their environment. If it were not for driving, may be I wouldn’t see the good side of life in new places. My love for old cars and trucks started at a young age. Pictures tell 1,000 words and my love for these vehicles started with those images we saw in car magazines.
Connecting with people who deeply care about you is very inspiring. Whether with your family or friends, finding time for each other helps you connect and find solutions to worries that would otherwise be a burden or managed in bad ways. Carpooling with my family and even friends has improved our social interactions over the years. I clearly understand what
Andrew H. Malcolm meant when he said, “The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other.”
My love for driving especially in the weekends pushed me to buy an exotic car. My heart always races faster whenever I sit in my Rolls or Porsche and key in the ignition. The unique sound is irresistible and always awakens my driving crave even when I didn’t plan to go out. Who doesn’t like to make heads turn in a positive way? You should see the kind of looks and hear the complements I get whenever I step out of my new relic. I concur with Alexandra Paul that “the cars we drive say a lot about us”. I have had people ask me for a ride while others have asked for my help in getting such a worthy possession. Making people smile and be happy all because of my love for cars inspires me to drive more and always be on the lookout for new car models.
If you are a ‘hands on’ person and get inspired by driving, then you can spice up your love for rolling machines by getting a classic car from Classiccardeals.com. The routine jobs in maintaining your new investment are not only empowering but can be a fun way to get entertained after a hectic week. Cars are dear to my soul and any car enthusiast will agree that the thrilling experience of driving gives them a positive thinking to their destination.
1. What surprised you most while writing your latest book?
We're currently writing a book about 18‐year‐olds in their first few weeks at university, and it really surprised us how much has changed since we were at university (which was only 10 years ago!) We just missed the explosion of...
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April, I can't begin to explain how much of a role model you are to me. I love all of your books; especially Girl, Stolen:) Recently, my dad passed away and my house burned down. And I look to your books and you inspire me to finish and accomplish a book I have been working on. I have been writing a kidnapping novel hence you are my favorite. I never thought i would see myself as a writer, and you have showed me that you can do anything and accomplish my dreams. One day I hope to have my book published and I would LOVE to send a copy to you and get your approval. I can't begin to explain again about how much you mean to me and how skilled you are.
Thank you so much Your #1 fan, Carlie
When I wrote back, I found out that Carlie was only 13, and that just a month earlier her dad had set their house on fire and then killed himself. This girl had lost so much, yet she was sending love to me.
I sent her back a box of all my books, signed. But I wanted to do more. Maybe a Skype visit? But her librarian, Jessie McGaffin, had other plans, as you can read about here:
I’ve been doing some work with difficult characters over the last few months. Either the character in question has some pretty obvious flaws (which are part of who they are), or they do some pretty flawed things over the course of the story. Or both. It’s not that the characters I’ve been working with in my editorial practice are unlikeable, it’s that they’re human, quirky, realistic.
People are not all good, all the time. That doesn’t happen in real life, nor should it happen in fiction. But in fiction, you have to always keep in mind the idea of “relatability.” Because a character doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Like Tinkerbell needs applause, the characters in novels need readers to believe in them and relate to them in order to be real. In the publishing world, if I can’t relate to your character, as a reader, chances are, I’m not going to get too deep into the story. I may even put the story down.
But sometimes characters must do things that aren’t exactly relatable. They must be mean, or selfish. They must act in a way that hurts others, or themselves. They must get away from their own best interest.
So how do you make a character like this accessible to the reader through good times and bad?
Sounds simple, but what does that look like on the page? I’ll prescribe my magic solution: Let the character admit that they’re being a butt, and it will humanize the behavior. It will get the reader on the character’s side. Just like in real life, in fictional life, an apology or owning up to a mistake go a long, long way.
Here are some examples. If a character is being cruel to another character, they could do something like this:
“Takes one to know one!” I shouted. I was being so terrible to Brady, but I couldn’t get past him telling the teacher on me. He was supposed to be my friend.
While the reader may not agree with the behavior, at least they know that the character acknowledges it and has a reason for it. Even if that reason isn’t that valid, at least the character knows they’re in the wrong. Even if the emotion blows over soon, the character has taken the time to guide the reader through their less-than-noble feelings. The character here is being a butt, but the behavior is coming from a place of hurt. In other words, vulnerability.
If they admit that woundedness, they become more human and less of a jerk in the reader’s eyes.
The same applies to actions. Play with vulnerability and motivation there, too. For example:
I knew it was wrong to steal. That’s the first thing we learned in Sunday School. And yet here I was, sitting in my car with a brand new MP3 player, still in the box, burning in my pockets. They hadn’t even stopped me. I can sell it and help Mom with rent. I can sell it and help Mom with rent. I kept that on a loop in my head, but it didn’t make me feel any better about what I’d done.
In this example, the character has shoplifted something expensive. But they feel bad, which is one layer of vulnerability. And they did it for a noble reason, which is another. So we have two things that help sell the reader on the behavior.
The other vulnerable thing to smooth over tough-to-swallow words or actions is how they handle themselves after the fact. Does the first character apologize to Brady, even if it’s at the very end of the story? Does the second character go back to the store and pay them for the MP3 player once the financial emergency is over? Admitting their wrongs to the reader in the moment, and admitting their wrongs to others in the story: a two-pronged approach to broadcasting vulnerability.
If you have tough-to-motivate stuff in your manuscript, how might you use vulnerability to help build a bridge between the character and the reader?
In this interview with The Open Book, guest blogger Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not in Our School, shares the organization’s latest video release about families and family structures. Not in Our School is part of the larger organization of Not in Our Town and focuses on empowering students to create safe, inclusive, and empathetic communities.
“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”—from “Human Family” by Maya Angelou (listen to Maya Angelou read the poem here)
At Not In Our Town, we are extremely pleased to be sharing our film, “Our Family,” with the Lee & Low Open Book Blog community. Our hope is for our film to become part of the growing collection of resources that educators are using to create identity safe classrooms where children of all backgrounds feel a sense of belonging. These classrooms should not be colorblind spaces, where differences are ignored or where students must leave their identities, stories, and experiences at the door. It is our belief that belonging is created through drawing on the diversity in every classroom as a resource for learning. And quickly, we learn that, as Maya Angelou so aptly pointed out, we are more alike than different.
LEE & LOW: What inspired you and your team to create this video focusing on family configuration and family diversity? Put another way: Why create a film about family configuration and diversity from an organization that fights prejudice, bullying, and discrimination?
Part of fostering a sense of belonging for children is creating an environment where they feel fully accepted for who they are. Even from a young age, children are aware of and have many aspects that make up their social identities. That includes: how they look, the language(s) they speak and the way they express themselves, as well as their culture, religion, race, and gender identity. Their families, a huge part of their lives, form a crucial part of their identities.
Children need to see themselves reflected in the curriculum, on the walls, and throughout their school life. They need to see others like them and they need to learn to appreciate those who are not like them. That does not always happen. My daughter announced at age four that she wanted a sex change operation to become a boy. At that time, we had no idea where she heard about this (she is now 33) because nobody was talking about transgender issues and back then. She did get strange reactions at preschool when she told people she was a boy. I remember she loved doing Mexican dancing, but when they insisted she wear the girl’s outfit, that was the end of her preschool dancing career. As she grew up we did not counter her feelings or ideas. However, now, married and openly a lesbian, she says she does not feel that way anymore, but that she always knew she was different in some way.
Some children grow up and never see a family like theirs celebrated in any way. They may be teased for being adopted, for having two moms or two dads, or for having a mixed-race family. A child whose mother has different color skin than he or she does may experience rude comments or stares. I raised my oldest daughter, who was from my husband’s first marriage. She had dark skin and we got many stares and she heard some rude remarks as people looked from her dark skin to my light skin and asked, “Is that your mother?”
We are approaching Mother’s Day. I wonder about all the children who don’t have mothers. How do they feel when their classrooms are making gifts for their mothers? (At Not In Our Town, we suggest that you celebrate Caregiver’s Day and children can honor those who care for them.)
We made this film for elementary students to see themselves reflected and hear the voices of children like themselves, and to see validation of those who might be different. They also can see how all these families can join together and be friends, and have fun. We kept the film short so teachers can show the film and then open a discussion with the students. We also have our Lesson Guide with activities for students at different grade levels to celebrate their families.
Our organization features communities of all backgrounds who come together to stand up to bullying, hate, prejudice and intolerance. We have always been proactive in seeking to create safety, acceptance, and inclusion. For this film, we partnered with a wonderful organization, Our Family Coalition, which focuses on supporting schools and communities to create acceptance for LGBTQ families. Our shared goal with the film is to support children from all kinds of families.
The best way to address hate and prejudice is by creating identity safety, and preventing hate and prejudice before they rear their ugly heads. Researchers have known for a long time that getting to know people who are different from you will reduce prejudice. New research has shown that it also will reduce implicit biases—the unconscious attitudes we all pick up from living in a society that has much underlying racial bias. According to the article, “Long-term Reduction in Implicit Race Bias,” fostering empathy is another way to reduce prejudice and implicit bias. Children can learn to be empathetic, but it will only stick if they also see empathy and acceptance expressed and modeled by all the adults in their world on a regular basis.
LEE & LOW: How can schools encourage children to appreciate their own family’s configuration and diversity?
The best way to celebrate families is to open the doors of the school and invite all the families in. Other activities include times where students invite their caregivers to volunteer or share expertise in one area or another. Also, students can write about their families, read books (like the excellent collection from Lee & Low), and use family diversity lesson plans and materials from the organizations Welcoming Schools and Teaching Tolerance. In our Lesson Guide we suggest having a Family Diversity Extravaganza where students organize an event and everyone gets involved and has fun together. When students experience acceptance of all kinds of families, they feel pride in their own families and their awareness is built for others.
LEE & LOW: What is at stake if parents, educators, and administrators do not purposely model tolerance and inclusion for children?
We are at a frightening moment in our nation’s history. While many gains have been made to promote equity in our country, our current climate and electoral process is rife with hate rhetoric. In a recent online survey by Teaching Tolerance, educators shared that many of their students—especially immigrants and Muslims—have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election. Educators also reported they have witnessed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in their schools.
Much is at stake for all of us if we do not make it a priority to teach empathy, and model positive attitudes towards those who are different from ourselves. We need to openly discuss and work together to find ways to address all forms of intolerance. We made our film freely accessible on Youtube in hopes that it goes viral and the voices of children are shared. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! I close with the wise words of young Nathan, a student in our film:
“It is important to have diverse children, to have diverse families in a school so you know how to include everyone… you don’t just go to the people who are like you, you reach out and embrace everyone.” —Nathan, student, Peralta Elementary School, Oakland, CA in “Our Family”
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas is the co-author, with Dorothy Steele of Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn published by Corwin Press. Currently as director of Not In Our School, she designs curriculum, coaches schools and produces films on models for creating safe and inclusive schools, free of bullying and intolerance at the national non-profit, the Working Group. She presents internationally at conferences and provides professional development in schools and districts. Dr. Cohn-Vargas began her 35-year career in early childhood education at the Multicultural Center in Sonoma County, California. She did community service in the Guatemalan Highlands and produced educational films for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education. She returned to California and worked as a teacher and principal in Oakland, a Curriculum Director in Palo Alto, and as Superintendent in San Jose. In each setting, she focuses on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations. Dr. Cohn-Vargas and her husband live in El Sobrante, California and have three adult children. With her husband, she is developing an environmental research center on their private reserve in the Nicaraguan rain forest.
Further reading and learning from Not in Our School:
Supero is a Swiss design studio that strives to make contemporary, yet timeless, work that slightly bends the rules of Swiss Style. The studio often collaborates with the Contemporary Art Museum of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Geneva’s Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, designing lively and elegant posters for the museums’ exhibitions and events.
Today we're spotlighting Jessica Spotswood's novel, Wild Swans. Read on for more about Jessica, her novel, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!
Meet Jessica Spotswood!
Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, and works as a children’s library associate, with...
We want to be great — immediately great — but that’s not how creativity works. It is an awkward, tentative, even embarrassing process. There will be many times when we won’t look good — to ourselves or anyone else. We need to stop demanding that we do. It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.
— Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
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A live version of Loreena McKennitt's Huron "Beltane" Fire Dance from her Parallel Dreams album. In the liner notes she says: In the “Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance”, I have tried to recall the reverence for dreams of the North American first peoples and the early Celts. If there is a recurrent thread that runs through these dreams, it is one of yearning toward love, liberty and integration. Of all the variations of dreams we may have, these surely are our parallel dreams.”
"A Girl Like Me"--Zetta Elliot
When I was a child, my mother warned us against playing with Ouija boards. I had no idea what a séance was, but I knew what horoscopes were and those were forbidden, too. My Afro‐ Caribbean father rarely spoke about his childhood in Nevis,...
Teachers are truly worth celebrating. They dedicate their time and energy to patiently teaching each child, making learning their top priority. They are mentors, coaches and trusted friends. They introduce us to some of our first lesson and stories.
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Today I'm sharing a form known as ae freslige. Some say it's Irish, others Celtic. Some spell it ae freslige, other ae freslighe. There are even different descriptions of the form. Here are two I've seen.
From The Shapes of Our Singing, by Robin Skelton: The Ae Freslige may be summarised as follows: the numbers in the brackets indicating th enumber of syllables in the last word of the line: Syllables: 7(3) 7(2) 7(3) 7(2) End rhymes: A B A B
From The Poets Garret: Each stanza is a quatrain of seven syllables. Lines one and three rhyme with a triple (three syllable) rhyme and two and four use a double (two syllable) rhyme. As was stated earlier. the poem should end with the first syllable word or the complete line that it began with. x x x x (x x a) x x x x x (x b) x x x x (x x a) x x x x x (x b)
I hope you'll join me today in writing some version of an ae freslige. I love the added challenge provided in the form as escribed by The Poets Garret. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.
ULTIMI GIORNI PER LE MOSTRE DI BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR 2016
Ultima settimana per visitare le mostre curate da Hamelin in occasione di Bologna Children's Book Fair 2016:
- Tolle Hefte. Libri folli e bellissimi sarà visitabile fino a giovedì 5 maggio, presso Sala D'Ercole in Palazzo D'Accursio (Piazza Maggiore), dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 18.30; - Racconti di città. Berlino/Torino, mostra di Elisa Talentino e Nadia Budde, sarà visitabile, previo appuntamento, fino a venerdì 6 maggio, presso lo Studio Legale Evolve (Strada Maggiore, 10), dalle ore 10.00 alle 12.00 e dalle 15.00 alle 17.00; - Va tutto Okay, mostra de La Trama, presso Hamelin (Via Zamboni, 15) sarà visitabile fino a venerdì 6 maggio, dalle ore 10.00 alle 13.00 e dalle 15.00 alle 18.30.
Il corso è diviso in due sessioni tematiche che si svolgono parallelamente. Una è dedicata alla letteratura per giovani adulti, e in modo particolare, ai grandi scrittori per questa fascia d’età. L’altra è dedicata al visivo e in particolare alla grammatica delle figure e agli albi illustrati. Entrambe le sessioni prevedono il sabato per la teoria e la domenica per i laboratori pratici di promozione della lettura. Il programma prevede l'arrivo venerdì 24 alle ore 16.30 e la partenza domenica 26 dopo pranzo. Gli incontri saranno tenuti da Nicola Galli Laforest, Simone Piccinini, Federica Rampazzo, Ilaria Tontardini, Giordana Piccinini e Roberta Contarini.
Il corso è rivolto a insegnanti, bibliotecari, appassionati di letteratura per bambini e ragazzi.
HAMELIN FA PARTE DI IBBY ITALIA International Board on Books for Young People è una rete internazionale di persone, che provengono da 77 paesi e promuove la cooperazione internazionale attraverso i libri per bambini, creando ovunque per l'infanzia l'opportunità di avere accesso a libri di alto livello letterario e artistico e incoraggiando la pubblicazione e la distribuzione di libri di qualità per bambini specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo. Se non desideri più ricevere queste comunicazioni disiscriviti.
I usually put out about two tweets a day (unless you catch me in a Twitterchat) and that day, my phone was dinging with notifications. Looks like this resonated not only with librarians but educators and administrators as well. And so, it got me thinking....what are some other things that we, as librarians, could tweak just a little, to make a HUGE impact? Here is my top five list of habit-breakers for librarians.
1. Evaluate your signage. Our signage is used to direct, help, and inform but most all, it's put up to capture the attention our the library users. But is the attention they're getting positive or negative? Students see enough negative signs telling them not to do this, or don't do that. Librarians shouldn't fall into that quagmire of "no"s and "nay"s. We need to rise above it and create signage that makes people at the most, smile and at the least, pay attention without frowning. With space being a premium in libraries, use it to make our students and users want to obey the signs, not rally against them.
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2. Share and share...and keep sharing. It's difficult to admit the truth, but I'm going to do it...I'm a hoarder. If I have one cute notepad, I have a hundred. And I don't use them because they're too cute and I'll find something to do with it later. Then five years from now, it'll still be there unused and perfectly archived. That's okay with paper but it ISN'T okay with technology. What happens if someone breaks it? What happens if it's never returned? This cost a lot of money. Librarians can become Gollums with technology and over time, it's hard to keep up with all of my preciouses. And then the unthinkable happens - the precious becomes obsolete! So don't hold back on what we've purchased because innately, we purchased them to be used. Have parameters, but along with that, have faith in your campus.
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3. Look at the role you play. What does the word librarian mean to you? What does a librarian say or do? If you were walking into a library, what would you like to see in a librarian? Who are you describing? If you see yourself in the description of a good librarian, that's good. I have traits of a good librarian, but not every single one of them. Oh,to please the masses! So tweak what needs to be tweaked and flaunt what you got! And always know you're like (fill in the blank with all SORTS of similes that could work from wine to technology, to a new sweater et al!)...with time it just keeps getting better.
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4. Focus on those other non-librarian things. It's the small thing they don't teach in library school that could have tremendous impact. Can anyone say feng shui? Nothing feels as good as stepping into a library that's pleasant to be in. Be intentional in placement. Be aware of smells (for real!!). Look at patterns and use them to your advantage. Everyone has a creative side! Try something new, like convo bubbles in book displays or using tabletops for makerspaces (and sit at these for awhile and see what happens!). Oh, I know there are those out there shaking their heads, thinking they don't have a creative side. That's okay. One word to cure that remedy: Pinterest!
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5. Do something impactful with everything you do in the library. If you read, do so with a goal in mind of what you're going to do with all those great reads. If you're online looking at sites, think about how you'll incorporate that into a lesson or with students. Start creating curated lists of EVERYTHING to whip out when the time is right! When you're making purchases consider the impact they will have on the library and the patrons you serve. Don't just be a librarian, BE a librarian! There is a difference.