Books for Boys

Somewhere between 7 and 9 years old, I became a Reader.  And by Reader I mean someone who loves to read.  I’d been “reading” (deciphering the alphabet to produce words whose meaning I understood) since I was about 3, and by first grade I was the best reader in my class (just a small elementary … Continue reading Books for Boys

20+ from 2016

A lot of people think that as a librarian I get to sit around and read all day.  Nothing could be farther from the actual day to day of my job.  But, I can say that reading is a definite perk!  And for this post I got to read some pretty amazing books for children. … Continue reading 20+ from 2016

Listen & Learn

Many years ago on a road trip with my two kids I discovered something pretty amazing.  I discovered the power of listening to a story.  I know how hard it is for parents to keep the kiddos occupied on car trips - been there - still doing that.  You know, those long hours in confined … Continue reading Listen & Learn

Dialogic Reading

We all know that reading aloud to young children is very important.  Children literally soak up the words like sponges when they are read aloud to on a regular basis.  Usually that involves the adult doing the reading and most of the talking.  So, how do we adults take a step back and let the … Continue reading Dialogic Reading

Celebrating Parents

With Mother's Day this past Sunday and Father's Day right around the corner (June 21 for those keeping track!), I thought I'd write a bit about celebrating parents.     It seems like plain, common sense that parents are important in a child's life. Parents birth you, feed you, change your diapers, protect you... basically keep … Continue reading Celebrating Parents

ADHD Awareness Month

October is Attention –deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) awareness month.  As of 2011, approximately 8.8% of children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Though it’s estimated that the rate of occurrence for ADHD is similar in adults, only 4.4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD – a significant portion of the adult ADHD population goes … Continue reading ADHD Awareness Month

fREADom- Celebrate the Right to Read

This week (Sept. 21-27) is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Every year, the American Library Association collects reports of attempts to ban or challenge books in classrooms, schools, and public libraries in order to study censorship and raise awareness. Check out the Top Ten Challenged Books lists of the 21st … Continue reading fREADom- Celebrate the Right to Read

Tell a Fairy Tale

By Amy Do you believe in magic? My daughter does (she's 5)! She loves stories about fairies and mermaids. She still asks me sometimes, “Mom, when will I get my fairy wings so I can fly?” Her grandmother bought her a “magic wand” for Christmas. She waved it in the air and said some magic … Continue reading Tell a Fairy Tale

Culture Club

By Amy Despite how badly I want to make all the jokes, you won't find any Boy George here! And I'm not just saying that to make you cry! The Culture Club is a new program at Macon County Public Library. Parents of the some of the littlest library patrons mentioned that it would be … Continue reading Culture Club

We’re not in Kansas anymore

My daughter has a Facebook account. She's 4 years old. (If you are Facebook, *Jedi Mind trick* this is not the ToS violation you're looking for...) You might wonder, "But, why?! Why does a 4 year old need a Facebook account?" She doesn't. No one needs Facebook, though seemingly more and more our lives revolve around updating and … Continue reading We’re not in Kansas anymore