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Friday, February 9, 2007

The Magic of School Libraries

Since the launch of Like a Maccabee, I have been blessed with invitations to do school visits. Whether I am doing a book talk, reader's theatre, or writing workshop, the experiences have been fabulous. School visits are no doubt the highlight of being an author. Like everything else, I have a theory about this - my own personal spin on the significance of events in my life!

First and foremost, it's about the kids. They are open, honest, and welcoming. They listen with respect and participate with enthusiasm. But there is more. I have discovered something wonderful - no, magical. Something I knew as a kid, but had long forgotten in the complicated process of becoming an adult. There is a place like no other - more opulent than Oz, more thrilling than a theme park - The SCHOOL LIBRARY! It is a warm and cozy place, run by an ever-twinkling fairy, more commonly known as a librarian. Everyone is welcome in the school library. It is a gentle and loving space, with worlds of wonder waiting on the shelves. Book-lined shelves envelope readers like a blanket. The feeling of choosing just the right book - like choosing an ice cream flavor - is pure bliss! From generation to generation, the magic of a library is everlasting.

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