I am so lucky.

Today, I got to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast. I have never done this before, but I will clear my schedule for it every year from now until the day I die. IT WAS SO AMAZING.

Hearing the cheers of the people in attendance was shockingly emotional. I actually teared up on two separate occasions. I cheered with them in my office at work. I clapped and giggled to myself. I had no idea I’d care so much. As a bonus, the award committees seemed to really be celebrating diversity this year. All three of the Newbery books feature diverse characters. They also recognized several graphic novels for awards that normally don’t tend to award graphics. It made me so happy.

Books are probably the biggest reason that I became a librarian. I didn’t know it at the time, when I made the decision to go to library school, but now that i’m in it and doing it, I know that I would have missed my calling if I hadn’t made this choice. And today reminded me just exactly how much I truly, honestly, love what I do.

I know that there are a lot of other things that librarians do and that we often look down our noses at those people who are librarians because they “love books.” But let’s be honest for a second; if you’re a school or public librarian, you have to love books. There are a lot of other things you have to be good at too, but you have to love books. You have to be able to talk about them, share them without judging anyone else’s reading choices. But seriously, how lucky are we? I love my job so much right now. What a fantastic natural high!

#ALAyma is now officially my favorite day of the year.

Storytime isn’t Just a Tradition!

I am in LOVE with this article entitled Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-year Pro! In case you don’t want to read the whole thing, the author’s 10 tips are highlighted in red.

One of the main points of this article is simply stated in this early quote: “My longstanding belief [is] that storytime is for children and adults.” Parents learn how to build literacy skills in their children, as well as learning about library programs and services and how to foster interest in reading.

YES!

When I was a classroom teacher (in a high school setting, mind you), I used storytime often. Teenagers need to be given the chance to address difficult subjects in simple formats. I realize that this is a little different, but I think what this public librarian has recognized is that something as simply as reading a story out loud is an educational experience for everyone involved.

I work at a school that, at this time, caters mostly to high school age students with small children who accompany them to the school and are in the pre-K rooms in the same building. This is, quite literally, my second day on the job, so I’m not sure what programs are already in place, but one of my ideas is to do storytime with the parents (high school age children) and children.

I’m really excited to try it and will update the blog on the progress and success!!