Quote of the Month
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Saturday, March 18, 2023
For many of us entering a library, whether it's for the public, a school or even our personal collections, it supplies us with a sense of homecoming. In this space, an infinite number of stories are housed. They enrich and enlarge our imaginations. Through them we travel into the past, present, and future with greater understanding and compassion. These stories give us answers to questions while leading us to more discoveries and answers we didn't even know we desired. Armed with the truths they provide, our knowledge of our planet and its inhabitants, plant and animal, grows. Not only does our knowledge grow but so does our admiration for the complexity of intertwined systems functioning every second of every day.
For those of us who have spent most of our adult lives serving patrons of all ages in libraries, we are witness to the remarkable moments when readers are connected to the story they need or want. We not only listen to them with our minds, but also our hearts. This is how bridges are built between books and readers. When that bridge is built, when that connection is forged, something nearly indescribable happens. We see it in their eyes, their demeanor, and their body posture. It is joy. This joy is wonderfully expressed in words by John Schu and in artwork by Lauren Castillo in their first collaboration, This Is A Story (Candlewick Press, March 14, 2023). This book shows us the power of story, our stories and the stories of others.
This is a word.
They are single-page pictures and glorious two-page visuals. We are brought as close as possible to each setting, giving us a personal, participatory experience. For the words,
This is a book on a shelf . . .
Thursday, March 16, 2023
With mothers, the best approach is to expect the unexpected, especially concerning their offspring. Mothers are a study in contrasts. They may be calm one minute as nurturers and fierce in the next moment as protectors. They may choose to ignore you or chase you depending on the threat you pose. They know when to keep their children close and when to set them free.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Sometimes, we forget to look beyond ourselves. We fail to seek what might be hidden from our immediate viewpoint. In these situations, one of the best alternatives is to step outside and embrace what the outdoors might offer. If you are fortunate, take your canine companion with you. They give new meaning to a walk on the wild side with all their senses on high alert.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
We are time travelers when notes from a certain song reach our ears. Those notes take us back to people, places, and events. We remember where we were, who we were with, and how those songs were sung or played for us. In this respect, music is magic. It is everywhere if we listen.
Friday, March 10, 2023
Sometimes the beginning is as subtle as a change in the air. It feels a bit charged or heavier or both. The breeze gets a bit stronger. Looking skyward, the shape of clouds and their color is quickly transforming. A disturbance is threatening.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Thursday, March 2, 2023
My best friend has four legs with four paws, shiny chocolate brown fur and a sense of hearing that can differentiate between the sound of the opening of the refrigerator fruit, vegetable, or cheese drawers. When expressing joy she zooms like a roadrunner in the house or yard, leaps like a gazelle through snow drifts, and jumps straight up in the air off her four paws. She is not much of a conversationalist, but she knows I know what every sigh, whimper, bark, and pointed look means.
In moments of quiet and aloneness, I have witnessed some remarkable occurrences, but nothing is as welcome as the sound of her claws clicking on tile or wood floors to find me or the jingle of her collar tags as she walks or runs next to me. In Sometimes It's Nice To Be Alone (Neal Porter Books, Holiday House, February 14, 2023) written by Amy Hest with illustrations by Philip Stead readers are soothed by the contentment of being alone and awakened to the joy of shared experiences. Rhythmic text presents the solace found in ordinary activities but also elevates those through imagination coupled with exquisite artwork.