Goldsmith's quote below, more or less sums up the essence of my Summer this year -
"The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one." — Oliver Goldsmith
I spent A LOT of time reading this Summer .... I finished off a series; I read a whole new series; I re-read some old favorites which made me feel like I was wrapped up in my favorite blanket - safe, warm & cozy.
New books to me are like visiting a new country - you have no idea what you might find, if you packed for the right weather, if that place you planned to visit really is going to be amazing, if the food will devour you or you will devour it.
Reading an old favorite (possibly for the 3rd or 4th time....) is more like sitting in front of your fireplace, in your own home, wrapped up in that favorite blanket, knowing you'll crawl into your own bed when ready & sleep in the next day. All familiar but perfectly right.
And that is the beauty of books - some are the adventure you never know you'll get, some are the adventure that's just not quite you; some books open your mind & soul to those things in life we really want to soak up & explore; & other books are honestly like your favorite blanket or slice of chocolate cake. Deliciously perfect.
And although I did many other things this Summer too (first trip to Disneyland for example!), reading so many books was a highlight I cannot ignore.
I even (& keep this a secret) stayed up past my bedtime on the occasional night to finish.... or (& shhhh - this is an even bigger secret) made my kids go to the pool with the lifeguards, just so I could feel a little less guilty losing myself to another book.
One of my goals for this year ahead is to help our Reed students grow or develop a love for reading, for stories, for information, for words, for remarkable illustrations, for simple joy.
I also want to help them learn to navigate & access the library so they can really pursue that joy freely. We will be spending a little more time on library skills, figuring out how to find our favorite book by Mo Willems or search out that one book to answer our burning questions on ants!
We'll be looking into book care, best library practice & how can I forget - Safe Internet Use (our Digital Citizenship Program) will be an important block of our Media Unit this year also.
So! Welcome back everyone!!! I am so thrilled you're all here with us for the journey ahead & I cannot wait to share it with you! Stay tuned via my blog or come on by to the Library & enjoy the shelves in person!
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