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Friday, June 24, 2011

Library Talk

I stopped at the library today for what I assumed would be a quick pick-up of requests. Thirty minutes later I walked out the door with my four titles. The ensuing time was spent with one of my colleagues and her daughter, trying to find things the latter might want to read. She's gone from princess books to the WARRIORS series, her mom told me. And having never met me, she was reluctant to agree to reading some of the titles I mentioned: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, and The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole series). In the end, her mom took Lynne Jonell's The Secret of Zoom.

After waving to my colleague at the reference desk, I greeted two boys and their mom who love is now in 7th grade and one is in 4th. Their summer reading charts were in their hands, so I inquired about how many hours they have logged so far. The younger brother beamed as he showed me the 20 hours completed on his log sheet. "And I read three hours and twenty minutes this morning to get it done," he proclaimed proudly. His older brother told me he had also logged 20 hours. I then asked if there were any favorite books so far. "None," said the younger. "I just love reading anything." He eyed my stack of books. I told him I would need at least three hours and twenty minutes to finish them. I plan to start now.

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