â€¦we ate cake and cookies and brownie cupcakes and got to visit with the town fire truck.
Yes, the end of summer reading is here, and the finale picnic was a LOT of fun.Â The kids had a blast with the fire truck and all the fire truckâ€™s accoutrements (hats and boots and coats), and we went through a huge amount of yummy desserts.Â Rumor has it that some kids decided to forgo their proper lunch in order to have more room for dessert, but I take no responsibility for that!
So tomorrow is the very last day of summer reading, and Iâ€™ve already begun to put some of the summer stuff away.Â By the close of the day tomorrow, there wonâ€™t be a trace of the summer reading program left in the childrenâ€™s room, and weâ€™ll all have to start turning our focus towards (gasp!) the school year.Â I hope that everyone else has had as much fun this summer as I have; though a few months ago the organizing of the program seemed like a gargantuan task, now itâ€™s just a collection of happy memories.Â And, shockingly, I canâ€™t wait â€™til next year!Â Weâ€™ll see what I can cook up for next summerâ€¦
Iâ€™m afraid that I havenâ€™t paid as much attention to this blog as I should in the last two weeks; the start of my first summer reading program is just days away, and itâ€™s definitely crunch time.
Just when I think Iâ€™ve caught up, I think of one more thing that HAS to be done RIGHT NOW.Â Yesterday it was assembling large envelopes for the raffle items that have the logos of the donating stores on them.Â (One of the raffle items, just arrived, is pretty awesome, by the way: a baseball autographed by the actor and Red Sox fan Mike Oâ€™Malley, star of the show Yes, Dear.)
Today, hopefully, Iâ€™ll finish up all those nagging last minute items: making the raffle tickets, creating posters for each of the summerâ€™s events, stamping all those museum coupons with our official stamp, confirming the ice cream pick-up timeâ€¦ugh, Iâ€™m getting a stomach ache just thinking about the list.
With luck, next summer – my second summer on the job – will be smoother and easier.Â With luck, all the kinks will have been worked out by next year.Â With luck, I wonâ€™t be this stressed out and exhausted next summer.
Wish me luck, I need it!
Iâ€™ve just read two excellent books, the newish young adult novel Red Sea by Diane Tullson, and the newish childrenâ€™s book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.Â (Iâ€™ll write an entry about each of these books in the near future.)Â Now itâ€™s time for me to move on to the next bookâ€¦which I have decided needs to be the 6th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.Â We just received a donation at my library of a new copy of the book, and I felt compelled to take the book home to read while it was still clean and beautiful.
IÂ read each of the other five Harry Potter books as soon as it came out (pre-ordered my copies from Amazon, even).Â Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m addicted to Harry Potter, or that Iâ€™m a huge Harry Potter fan.Â In fact, a year or more ago I gave away all of my copies in one of many purges of my bookshelves.
But Iâ€™m also not a literary snob.Â A wise and funny friend of mine often says that itâ€™s not fair to hold children and young adults to higher literary standards than we do adults.Â Adults often read bestsellers, books that are engaging but not fabulous, fun but not life-changing.Â Why shouldnâ€™t children and young adults have the same opportunity?Â Donâ€™t children and young adults have the right to take time away from the crunch of their school work and lose themselves in a quick plot and a fantasy world?Â Wouldnâ€™t we, the judging adults, rather see our young people turn to a book instead of a television show or the internet?Â (The role of adults in the selection of and production of childrenâ€™s literature is a topic that Iâ€™ll approach in future blog entries.)
IÂ have no grudge against Harry Potter.Â The only reason Iâ€™ve waited so long to read the 6th installment is rather lame, actually: the 5th book is SO large that I found it physically uncomfortable to hold while I read it.Â But as a childrenâ€™s librarian, itâ€™s both my duty and responsibility to know and understand the literature that the users of my section of the library (children) seek out.Â So, Half-Blood Prince, here I come!