How teachers can create a Summer Reading list that won’t make librarians die or children cry: Unsolicited advice from a public librarian

Summer Reading depresses the bejeezos out of me. While my school librarian friends are looking 10 years younger and more carefree than should be permitted by law, I’ve got the Summer Reading blues real hard. The reference desk lines are non-stop, everyone needs everything right now (stress levels of parents seem to go up to 11 during July and …

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I’m the librarian your teacher warned you about: YA Summer Reading Super-Short Booktalks

Like most of y’all public librarians, I’m doing lots of Summer Reading outreach right now. When it comes to daycares and elementary schools, I could knock out presentations for these kids in my sleep. When I meet with the teens, though, I get a little more than nervous. It’s like every single group of teens is …

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Summer Reading Horror Stories: A religious experience

And the hits just keep on coming, kids. Every time I think I’m out of Summer Reading Horror stories, one of you fine readers pops up with a brand new story. My current story isn’t so interesting: It’s really hot in NY, and my workroom’s A/C has gone to the great appliance store in the sky. …

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Summer Reading Horror Stories: The Children’s Librarian from Hades

It’s gotten bad here, kids. The summer reading lists have invaded my library with a vengeance. The shelves are getting sparser and sparser (Roald Dahl books are completely cleared out. Sorry, folks!). It is so busy in here, I feel like I’m permanently strapped to a high-speed lazy Susan. Oh, and did I mention that two …

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Summer Reading Horror Stories: SHE HAD TO FIND HER SISTER-IN-LAW’S FINGER

So far, I’ve seen several Summer Reading Lists with questionable book choices, sent home a couple of Dear Teacher letters (notes that say, “Dear Teacher, no one owns this book or has ever owned this book ever so please pick another book or your student is going to have a nervy break d.”), but things …

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Summer Reading Horror Stories: Dancing the delicate crazy-ass-camp-counselor dance

We know how I feel about Summer Reading. I like it in theory (Let’s get kids excited about reading!), but in practice, I just end up tired, cranky, and overworked. Am I the only one? Is it just that Miss Ingrid is kvetchier than the average librarian? Maybe not. I asked you to tell me your …

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I Got 99 Problems and They’re all Related to Summer Reading

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love Summer Reading.  Just kidding. That never happened. Here’s a better title: One Massive Kvetch by a Children’s Librarian Who’s a Shell of Her Former Self That Wasn’t too Stable to Begin With. I somewhat recently moved from a small branch library where Summer Reading was pretty non-existent …

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Little Reminders Everywhere: Beware the Summer Slide!

This is a summer-related post and summer’s almost over (can I get an Amen, public children’s librarians?), so this is being written up very late in the game. I’ve talked about how hard summers are on me, so you’ll forgive me for my tardiness. Usually, I leave an early literacy tip behind the reference desk for …

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Discover Hidden Treasures/Dig Into Reading

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on for a big Summer Reading display. It’s based on our Discover Hidden Treasures/Dig Into Reading theme this year. Meet Shanice: I’ll work on Shanice’s arms and legs in the next couple of days. I also hope to bust out a glittery gender-queer mermaid if I have time. ~Love …

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I AM READING THIS SO HARD RIGHT NOW: The Girl Who Owned A City

Welcome to “I AM READING THIS SO HARD RIGHT NOW” I usually deck out this segment with a nice juicy quote, but copying down a passage from a graphic novel seems pretty pointless to me. Let me, however, sing the praises of the unpublished The Girl Who Owned a City, a graphic novel based on …

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