SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY: A Salute to Ms. Adams and Ms. Laura

Literacy and Me

Today we celebrate National School Librarian Day. I have been volunteering in the school library at Stevenson Primary School in Alvin, Texas since October, 2018. I had never taught below sixth grade when I taught for AISD, and had the definite motto of, “Don’t bring them to me until they are twelve!” I have never been around small children, nor ever wanted to be. But, hey, the school is located less than three blocks from my house, and the “little ones” (pre-K-2nd grade) often stop at my Little Free Library in my side yard. Often I would buy learning-to-read books for my youngest patrons. How hard could it be to work with these kids?

VERY HARD! These seventy-four year old knees complain loudly when getting down on the floor to help a first grader find a book about a specific kind of dinosaur. Once I made the mistake of settling…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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