Literacy and Me

My early morning Thursday Thoughts are thoughts about the weekend–a “bookish weekend.” Yesterday ahead of a predicted storm, I cleaned out my Little Free Library and brought all the books inside. In the wee, sleepless hours of this morning, I sorted the books into piles: those that haven’t been “out there” long and deserve “another go”, and those which haven’t “moved” in some time. The latter I divided into adult, YA, and children’s piles. I will put the “give them another go” books back into my my LFL and add, over the next few days, my “attention grabbers–” stuffed toys bought for 99 cents or less at Goodwill. Yesterday afternoon, I washed and fluffed them in the dryer. (Now somebody tell me how to teach my LFL patrons to take the books as well as the toys!)

Today I have errands to run, but most of the day will be…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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