Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain
gonna write you a letter
Like tons of others, I gobbled up all things Beverly Cleary
when I was a kid; I laughed at Ramona’s antics, wanted a dog like Ribsy, wanted
a paper route like Henry Huggins…and maybe had a secret crush on him too. There
was something familiar about Cleary’s writing, something that sucked you in
and made you feel at home, so I was glad to be returning to her work when I
picked up Dear Mr. Henshaw, 1984’s Newbery winner. (Cleary also has two Newbery
Honors for Ramona and Her Father (1978) and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1982).
Having read Dear Mr. Henshaw so long ago I only had a vague
memory of what it was about: a boy writing letters to his favorite author, Mr.
Henshaw. I didn’t remember the kid angst and emotions that Cleary gracefully
portrays through her protagonist, Leigh Botts,who is struggling with being the
new kid in town, his parents’ divorce, and a lunch thief—favorite part of the
book, the lunch box alarm.
I enjoyed rereading this book and the jog down memory
lane—thinking back on a younger version of me flopped on a bed reading. I still
love this book. Would I recommend it to kids? Sure.
Ages: Amazon suggests 10 and up, I read this when I was 8.
For those of you who I talked to about my Community Analysis paper-I got an A! I've included it below in case you want to know a little about some of the things that Librarians have to think about and take into consideration when deciding things like what they will include in their collections. For those of you Berkshirites, this history of Monterey might be interesting...? I chose this library since it is a small rural public library, similar to a library where I would like to work one day. I did not include my Rationale section of the paper (the section that basically explains what collections I would add to this library, taking into account the Community Analysis.) For our project we get $5,000 to spend, which is not a lot! I have decided, since it is a small library, that I am going to focus on three small additions to the collection, all based on some things that the town is affected by: Tourism, Farming, and Mental health issues. (I just ask that if any MLIS students or Libr…
I first discovered Helen Ward when I bought a copy of her The Tin Forest--the story of a man who in his solitude creates for himself a tin forest; once he builds a replica of the real things he desires, it is only a matter of time before real plants and animals begin to appear in the tin forest--at a used book sale at one of my old libraries when I was in grad school. What makes Ward stand out is that she always paints an intimate story, including details that pull you into the world of the story. I just love her!
We recently got a copy of Helen Ward's The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; not a
new story, but merely a retelling and re-illustrating of a Aesop's classic. I LOVE
Helen Ward's artwork, which is a feast for the senses, so full of color,
lavish artwork that leaves you feeling as contented as that adorable
The hardest part of being the Director in a small library is that we don't have an HR person, so on top of everything else we do we also get to do the paperwork for the new hires, and retires. Thank God for the internet or these processes would take a lot longer!
One of my board members pointed out that though I'd been informed of staff retirements, I had to officially accept them with a letter...I am finding that a paper trail is an important thing. So, I found a short and simple letter on one university's HR website (sorry forgot which!?) and honed it to work for us. Attached is my sample of a retirement letter.
Is anyone else out there going through this process too?