School Visit at St. Alban Roe

Today I celebrated National Library Week and School Library Media Month with the two first grade classes at St. Alban Roe School in Wildwood, Missouri. Both of the classes were great listeners and offered many wonderful ideas. They enjoyed KITTY KERPLUNKING and GIFTS FROM GOD, which I shared with them. And afterwards, I was so happy to see them eagerly checking out books. In fact, many of them couldn’t even wait until they had checked out their books but began reading as they waited in line.

Way to go, first graders! And thanks to Mrs. Bobbit, the school librarian, for inviting me for the delightful visit.

Happy reading to all of you!


Nancy Pearl, world renown librarian immortalized with her very own action-figure, is pictured to the left to announce that today, April 13, is the start of NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK.

The American Library Association’s website provides a brief history and explanation of this special week promoting libraries:

What is National Library Week?
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

The entire month of April is School Library Media Month. I know I’ll be celebrating with school students in the St. Alban’s School Library on Wednesday when I spend time with two first grade classes and their extremely well-organized and energetic librarian, Christy Bobbit.
How do you plan to celebrate libraries this week? Here are some suggestions:
  • Check out a library book–or two or three or more
  • Say an enthusiastic “THANK YOU!” to your librarian
  • Send your favorite library (librarians) a “Just Because You’re Special Card”
  • Donate time or money to your favorite library
  • Attend a library story time with your children
  • Soak up the zen when you stop by your favorite library for some quiet reading time