I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom. Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday! I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas.
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
NEW 2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others.
3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them.
4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library!
5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5.In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)
***For newcomers & visitors: Definition of "Book Talk" from Wikipedia: "A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book. The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict without providing the resolution or denouement. Booktalks make listeners care enough about the content of the book to want to read it. A long booktalk is usually about five to seven minutes long and a short booktalk is generally thirty seconds to two minutes long.
Today I had a tinge of guilt. I really don't give much back to my profession. I'm not in the union, I'm not a member of ALA, I don't go to library seminars or conferences (unless I am forced to) and shoot me, but I don't read any professional literature. I think it is because I have 2 young children at home and a husband who has needed a little extra TLC lately... I just don't have the energy to commit to The Cause. I completely respect and value what all of the people who are involved do and I think it helps to improve our profession. I have never been a fan of all the meetings and rules and demands placed on me. I feel at home in the trenches, surrounded by kids and books and messes. I don't like paperwork and I hate surveys. So, I do the minimum- what is required of me and no more. Should I feel guilt? And if I feel guilt, shouldn't I take action to change? I guess I should- if only I had more to give. Today, I applied to be a judge for The Cybil awards and I am telling you, if I don't get selected, it will be the last thing I ever volunteer to do. If I am rejected, I will take it as a sign that it is okay to slide by on the tailcoats of all the hard working, professional librarians out there.
How about you? Do you "fight for the cause"- librarian, school, blog, whatever your cause is- how do you give back? How are you involved? Are you like me- you watch the others do the work... how is that working for you?
Wow! Very deep discussion today. Next week will be something light- may be reality tv?
Have a great week & thanks to all of you who continue to participate!