22. April 2017 16:15
The 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a few repeat authors including Laurence Yep and Sarah Weeks. I don't see any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees.
Parents and teachers, get a jump on everyone else by having your kids read a few of the titles over the summer. I have yet to see a summer reading list that does not include at least ONE SSYRA book. And the book usually includes a project to be submitted the first week of school. And how many of you have kids that wait until that last week to read the book and do the project? Based on the number of families that I see in the library scrambling to get their hands on a copy of ANY SSYRA book for that year, it seems like a lot of kids wait until the last minute. And we only have a limited copy of the books. Sure we have a lot of copies, usually at least 50 print copies, plus audio and ebook through Overdrive and Hoopla, but sometimes that's not enough.
Don't sleep late,
or let stress escalate
SSYRA reading is postulate
In the Sunshine State
Let the words captivate
9. March 2017 11:11
March is Women's History Month and staff curated a great list of audio visual materials for you to enjoy not only this month, but all year long. I've listened to 3 audio books on this list; I Am Malala, Victoria the Queen, and Hidden Figures. I loved all three books, but the story of Malala is truly something else. If you haven't read that book, you most certainly should. Quick summary....15 year old Malala is shot in the head by members of the Taliban. She wasn't expected to survive. But survive she did. You will certainly want to read this inspirational story.
Women's History Month
Sally Ride Lynn Sherr
The woman who would be king Kara Cooney
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
Hidden figures Margot Lee Shetterly
No higher honor Condoleezza Rice
Victoria the queen Julia Baird
Catherine The Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie
The glass universe Dava Sobel
I am Malala Malala Yousafzai
My beloved world Sonia Sotomayor
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Sisters in law Linda R Hirshman
Have you read any of these books?
8. January 2017 09:42
My oldest daughter. My sweet little Pixie. The one who made me a mama. Oh my. You have turned 13. A teenager.
I'm still not quite sure how you went from this
To this. A beautiful, smart, punny, young woman. Yes, punny. YOU LOVE PUNS!!
As you turn 13 there a few things you ABSOLUTELY love.
The flute. You decided you really wanted to learn to play an instrument and together we decided on the flute. Haley, you are a natural born flute player. I know you work hard, but you are really really good! I am so excited to see where your musical talent takes you. You've asked to go to band camp this summer, and your daddy and I are going to make that happen. We are so proud of you.
Reading. YOU LOVE TO READ! You've always loved to read, but this year you've really embraced what it means to be a true lover of the written word. And that makes me so proud. You even dressed up as a book nerd for Halloween. You rock, kid.
This year you've also become obsessed (just like your mama) with the Broadway musical, Hamilton. You know all the words to all the songs. Not just on the original cast recording either, but all the words on the mixtape too. Your birthday party invitations even reflected that you are a true #HamilKid
You have made a great group of friends and even little sister Ella is included in that very elite group. That doesn't surprise me too much. You and Ella have always been two peas in a pod.
Your squad is funny, smart, and loyal.
And you are smart! So smart! You qualified this year for the Duke University Talent Search. You were invited to take the ACT as a 7th grader, and you took it and did very well!! Based on your scores you qualified for the Duke Summer Camp programs. But you decided you'd rather go to band camp. You are already learning how to make the hard decisions, and looking at the bigger picture. You are pretty amazing.
Happy 13th Birthday, Haley! I'm so excited to see you continue to grow into a dynamic, passionate, determined, young woman.
I love you,