The Summer 2014 issue of NeaToday that is supposed to get those of us who work in schools pumped about the jobs we’re returning to has published an article about getting our teens to read. I was really excited to read it! In fact, I flipped through the issue hoping to gain some insight on cracking open the non-reading world. What I found was an article that highlighted how teachers might get teens interested in books. A representative teacher was interviewed and she mentioned a media specialist. She mentioned social media. She talked about youtube, She talked about online book communities, and she talked about websites where teens can find out about books. Why would an article about teens reading cast one big clock of invisibility over the librarians of this world who review books, order books, display books, talk books, walk with books, eat with books, sometimes bath and yes, sun or swim with books, dream books, write books, make books, construct and deconstruct books, hey, some even sleep with their books!? NeaToday please celebrate Librarians and all they do to promote reading and a love of books.
Here is an image from a fanpoem/collage I made for the film, au hasard bathasar