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July 30, 2007



Hello? Brick wall?

I wonder if later that librarian had a moment when she realized what she had said?


Funny -- almost the same thing happened to us.

Now, they have decided to keep their own list of books they have read (we use LibraryThing.com) and the reward is taking pleasure in how many books there are!


Our library's reading program is based on the number of minutes read, not the number of books.

Tina Hatfield

Carly so loves the summer reading program. They give away free go-kart rides, free putt-putt games, pizzas, etc.
But this summer about did her in. We had an argument over grade levels with our librarian. Unschooling frees us from those archaic labels. So we did the next best thing, we went to another branch, "gave" a grade level and bingo we're in. Halfway thru this summer's program, Carly quit. She's still reading but not for those prizes.
Ah...the words out of our RU children's mouths.


In the late 1950s, I participated in the library's summer reading program. I still remember checking out stacks of any book I could find -- the ones that stick in my mind are state-histories-for-kids, of all things. Those skinny 1950s hardbacks with the durable finish in red, yellow, orange or green. That was the worst summer I ever had for reading.

Normally I read almost as much as I breathe, but that year I think the books went overdue because I didn't even want to pick them up, and I was 'failing' at summer reading and was embarrassed to take them all back.

I'm scarred, absolutely scarred, I tell you!


They've pretty much stopped asking me. Though when I was first asked, I gave a brief explanation why I was against it [thought it dumbed down reading]. The reply "oh, you want your 5 year-old reading Shakespeare." You either get it or you don't.

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