"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The greatest gift summer bestows: time to read

I am remiss.

(In so many things.)

But in this one regard, I am very remiss.

I promised my students and their families insight into what a school librarian does during the summer.  You know what I am talking about, I am sure you have gotten the question as well:

"What do you do during the summer when you are not teaching and engaged in shared literature experiences with your students?"

(Okay, I may have added a bit to the typical question, but you get the drift.) 

This is the longest time I have gone without blogging in quite a while.  It feels strange:  at once like hopping back on a bicycle and yet as if greeting an old friend (a familiar friend, but an old friend who requires some catching up).

SO, what have I done in the last month?  I have:

~said goodbye to another year of teaching, which includes closing up a school library,

~wished 425 students a summer full of reading adventures,

~helped teach workshops at a teachers' technology camp,

~cooked some delicious meals,

~attended the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim,

Wait...that last one needs something more...

~attended the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim (you will hear more about this),

~painted a room at my parents' house,

~helped clean the garage and found some old treasured toys

and most importantly ....


This is the greatest gift summer bestows:
the time to read
I read during the school year, but summer reading is leisurely.

So, please forgive me if my blogging is sporadic.  It only means that I am likely off reading, or, equally as fun, engaged in hiking, biking, photographing, catching up with friends or simply sitting and looking out upon the world.


  1. Delicious! I agree that a great summer gift is the time to read. Ahhhh.

  2. Yes! Time to read is truly a gift for us as librarians and teachers. I love having my tool bag filled with many new book recommendations for students in the fall.