My first introduction to book clubs was in sixth grade. A group of us were selected for the Junior Great Books program. Every Tuesday we sat in chairs in the hallway and discussed a story. Through the program I was introduced to Ray Bradbury and “All Summer in a Day”, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and many other short stories. We sat in our circle and simply talked.
At 11 AM on May 11th, my Grandpa and I pulled up to a parking lot in Florida to watch the space shuttle Atlantis lift off from Kennedy Space Center. It was not too cool on this 95 degree day! There were other people gathered there, and we all shared our binoculars and camera equipment and ice from our coolers while we waited. It was a very interesting group and people were definitely excited!
Last week Tutor.com sent a newsletter to students who use our consumer service and the most popular article was“Beyond Babysitting: Job Opportunties for Teens”. In fact, it was our most popular newsletter item ever. So I decided to do some Google searching to find out how hot an issue summer jobs for teens is right now. My search found over 1,000 recent articles about this very topic. While most of us are focused on the terrible economy and how it’s affecting adults, it’s easy to forget that thousands of teens are also job searching.
I have read blogs in which educators make the case that it is perfectly fine for kids in school to fail. After all, the purpose of school is to prepare them for life and life includes failure. I propose a totally different perspective. I think that life sends all of us plenty of opportunities for failure. There is no need to create or stimulate failure experiences for students. The experience of failure in childhood and adolescence can have significant long term effects.
The Mount Prospect Public Library outside of Chicago has been reaching out to local press to show them how the library is helping families out during the down economy. See the fantastic TV coverage at CBS Chicago.
Inspiration is sometimes hard to come by in this “new” economy. All of us, especially librarians, are working overtime trying to do more with less. To help give us a new perspective, our CEO, George Cigale invited Phil Terry from Creative Good to come chat to our staff.