September 4, 2015

Plugged In (1)

I'm going to make the best of the fact that I can only manage audio books and the occasional e-book right now and tell you each week what I'm "reading" in a new feature here on Lost in the Library called Plugged In.

This Week:

(Love love this author and scientist)

(I'm so far behind in this series)

What are you plugged in to or reading this week?

April 16, 2015

When a Reader Can't Read

  In October this past year I was in a pretty bad car accident. I was stopped, I was hit from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic and hit again. It was awful. Among other injuries, I suffered a concussion which months later I'm still recovering from. I had no idea the impact a concussion could have on my daily life. Headaches, blurry vision, ear and eye pain, sound sensitivity, dizziness, fatigue and nausea to name some of the symptoms.
   I'm also so limited in the amount of reading I can do. It takes me two/ three days to write a blog post, and I can't get through more than a page or two of text without feeling woozy or dizzy, or needing to re-read the pages because my brain just isn't taking in the information.
    I love to read. It's one of my most favourite things to do, my favourite hobby, it grounds and centres me. It recharges me, and not being able to read even one book these last 6 months has been extremely difficult. People ask me "what are you reading? " and my answer is nothing.
  In addition to not reading, I'm out of the loop. I've lost touch as a book blogger to what's new, what's popular, what are people saying are must reads?

Help me create a must read list for the future

So friends, I'm asking for your help. I want to compile a list of must reads for when I'm better and a list of audio books I can start on now.

What should I add to this list?

With thanks always,

June 12, 2014

Preventing the Summer Slide

The "Summer Slide" has become a familiar term to those who work in education as well as parents. What is the Summer Slide? Essentially, it's the academic loss that children  experience over the summer holidays. I've often been asked by parents at the library how to prevent their children from experiencing the feared "Summer Slide"

My advice is simple- "Kids who read succeed!"  

But how do you incorporate reading into a daily activity in the summer without it seeming like school? I've had this dream of creating a book club for my son and his friends. With visions of them reading a book each week and then meeting to discuss our thoughts and feelings over a pitcher of lemonade and cookies. When I proposed this to my son, the horrified look on his face said it all. He also reminded me that Greg Heffley's mom from Diary of a Wimpy Kid also tried to create a book club for Greg and his friends.(This is just going to prove his point that I am very much like Susan Heffley)

Summer Reading
Summer Reading
maybe not Little Women...

It would be wonderful to walk past your childs bedroom and see them curled up with a book each night. Or even see them turn off the TV and curl up on the couch. Truth is, this doesn't always happen. Reading incentives work. Summer Reading Programs around North America are created on this premise and they are successful because of it. So, in addition to visiting a library and having your child sign up and participate in one of these fantastic programs, why not also provide a reading incentive at home. Here's my example:
Reading Incentive-Preventing the Summer Slide.

Using stickers, or stamps, have your child mark the different places he or she has read for at least 20 minutes. The only rules are that only one square can be marked each day, and the reading should be a book at their level (no board books for a 12 yearold for example)  for at least 20 minutes. Once the "bingo card" is full, have your child choose a fun family activity that you can do  together as the "reward". You can create more cards to get you through the summer holidays by coming up with ideas for new places together.

**Take it a step further and create a visual reading log. You or your child (depending on their age) can take pictures of all the places they read this summer, and the books they read while there.**

I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas about preventing the "Summer Slide" in the comments.

Happy Reading!!!!

(originally posted on my site)

October 8, 2013

and the Winner is...

Thanks to all who entered the Super Schnoz signed giveaway! 

And the winner is.........!

Hundred Pots!

Please send me an email librarygal (at) hotmail (dot) com with your name and address and I'll forward it to the publisher who will ship you the book.

*pls respond within 48 hours or I'll need to choose another winner. 
Reminder that you need to live in US or Canada to be eligible.