Interesting Facts From School This Week:
This week the focus is youth programming, which includes ages 0 to 18. It turns out, teens seem to be the hardest for my classmates’ libraries to engage, which is understandable.
“Incentives are a loaded practice and can get expensive. We don’t want to create a culture of rewards, since many activities are a reward in and of themselves.” — Source.
“Passive programming is subversive — teens see, engage, and connect with the library without ever once being told what they’re doing is good for them.” — Source.
Libraries can help teens learn how to make a dish based on food presented in their favorite books, even if that means learning that Turkish delight isn’t that great. — Source.
“By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.” — Source.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Wednesday I posted my review of Inside Madeleine by Paula Bomer, who is an interesting writer whose work ebbs and flows for me. The novella was the real winner in the collection and worth the price of admission.
Friday it was time for chick lit. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is apparently on many readers’ lists, and I was glad to answer questions about how much the novel focuses on romance and awkward cutesy “girls.”
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Monday is the 14th book review for #ReadingValdemar. This year finishes out with a trilogy of books I’ve dubbed “the owl trilogy,” but which are actually titled Darian’s Tales. My Owlflight post will be published on Monday.
Wednesday’s post is some October fun. What scary, creepy books turned into movies and TV shows would I recommend? I have my top six, coming at you. All six recommendations are books by women, of course.
Friday brings another trio of audio book reviews, and don’t think I’ve been skipping out on the scary, spooky stuff!
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Even though we’re 100 pages from the end, tragedy won’t let in up David Copperfield’s life. It’s Dickensian England; what did I expect? To complement Charles Dickens’s self-professed favorite novel he wrote, we’ve started listening to The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London by Judith Flanders, read by Corries James. So far, we’ve learned 1) everyone walked, 2) it’s hella loud, and 3) roads are hard.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thanks to Bill for his recommendation!