Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Love Your Library!

Who makes a month officially a “Love Your Library” month?  CEOs at Pinterest?  Are there hashtag gods out there?  I am not sure how all these official days (National Donut Day, National Dog Day) or months make it into society’s rotations, but they do.  Sometimes I find it all exhausting, “I didn't eat a donut today!  I DIDN'T POST A PICTURE OF MY DOG!”

But I can fully get behind “Love Your Library” month.

I love the library.  Not just my public library, but also my school library.  I’ll be honest and say I especially like the library when it’s quiet before school, but it’s the most energizing place when filled with kids and learning, too.
A bit of morning sun through the windows.

It’s my favorite spot in the school because while it is a place to find information for classroom assignments, it’s also a wide open expanse to find whatever information you’re looking for - even if it’s not related to school.   Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in his book Between the World and Me, “The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books.  I was made for the library, not the classroom.  The classroom was a jail of other people's interests.  The library was open, unending, free.”  His words encompass exactly why I love libraries.

As a way to celebrate Love Your Library month, I decided to do a reading promotion here at school.  I created both a paper and digital copy of different reading people might do.  I always appreciate the summer reading programs at our local libraries as they encourage all kinds of text and literacy activities - blogs, recipes, street signs, messages to friends, and I copied their idea.  Kids have to choose 15 tasks, and adults choose 10.  Turn in the paper copy or submit the electronic one via Google Forms. The electronic format also has a spot for people to write why they love the library.  Some responses include,

  • Because reading is the key to imagination!  
  • Because it's a public space in which literacy is available and accessible to all people.  
  • For all of the activities and work they put into into enriching our city. 
  • I browse the newly returned shelf to see what kids love to read. 
  • It allows me to learn so many different things, experience so many different emotions, and travel so many different places.
  • Everything you can learn there.

All entries are collected and there will be a drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card on March 4.

Why do YOU love the library?  
Do you eat donuts on National Donut Day?  Or would you rather celebrate National Cupcake Day?