Monthly Archive for March, 2008

A Warm Welcome in Minnesota (PLA)

It’s going to be a whirlwind four days at PLA, but my first stop had to be the Minneapolis Central Library. I wandered around gawking at the immensity of the place in typical tourist style. Since 7,000 librarians are descending upon the city, the library wisely decided to showcase an Altered Books Exhibit. It may be a bit chilly in Minnesota in March, but I received a warm welcome from everyone I spoke with at the library. The Archival Librarian gave me a bit of the history behind the public library. The entrance to her department is the original wooden doors of the first official public library in Minneapolis. Very grand. The Children’s area (see above) is bright, colorful, and chocked full of fun and interesting things to do. According to the Children’s Librarian, they want children to discover something different each time they visit. From what I hear, the library’s fifth floor is designed to accommodate a new Planetarium & Space Discovery Center. It is scheduled to open in 2010.

Paying it Forward

Westcliffe Colorado is THE most beautiful place in Colorado! Not only it is gorgeous, it has an outstanding school and public library. The librarians, Marty Frick (West Custer County Library) and Westcliffe School librarian, Gretchen Villers, planned their own unique Alex Project . It was a huge success (of course the pizza helped too)!

While I was touring the library, Gretchen described their yarn project. Here is how Gretchen explained the project. “This past fall, when we lost our student in the homecoming parade accident, Platte Canyon HS in Bailey sent us scarves for all of our high school students. They were “paying forward” to us what members of their community had done for them after their school shooting. Our knitting club is now knitting for LaVeta HS who lost a student in a car accident in January. We are trying to “pay forward” what Bailey did for us.” Wow, how inspiring! Isn’t this truly the essence of what education is all about?

It’s Read Across America Day!

Read Across America is an initiative created by the National Education Association.
One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held this year on March 3rd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. I was fortunate to be invited by Janet Oliver, Teacher Librarian, to a celebration at the Animas Valley Elementary School in Durango this year where the superintendent of schools, Mary Barter, the county manager, the new city manager, and several other Durango folks were involved. Who can ever turn down reading a Dr. Seuss book to a child?