I didn’t get to go to KidLitCon but I’m still learning a lot about it because I’ve been reading all the posts linked from MotherReader’s Round-up.

As you might surmise from my last post, I’ve been reading on average 4 – 6 novels a week for the past few weeks on top of my other assigned readings (articles and such).  One of the things that keeps coming up in the KidLitCon posts is the question of why we blog.  I’ve looked at that question for lectitans several times and it always comes back to the same answer:

I want to share my responses to books.

Sadly, when I read at the rate and with the urgency I’ve been reading, I don’t have time to become too emotionally involved in the books.  So there’s not a lot of response to share.  If things ever calm down a little, I hope to share with you the difference in my experience of reading Twilight the first time and the second time.  I’d also love to talk with you about how reading The Book Thief and What I Saw and How I Lied has inspired me to research my roots – i. e., the Austrian Jews who came here before World War I (thank goodness they did), and also inspired me to confront my intense visceral response to any visual representation of the Holocaust (esp. symbolic memorials) rather than just looking away.

But those deserve actual, real posts, and I just don’t have time for that right now.

So…  I’ll see you with my booklists and for quick little posts here and there, but probably you won’t get anything substantive until December.

I’ll leave you with a link to my first ever recommendation list, which is an assignment for my YA Lit class.  (I haven’t read everything on it, I’m sad to say.)

Hello there!

I started my school library media coordinator program on August 25th and life has been a whirlwind ever since. I’ll soon have reviews of The Chocolate War, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, The Contender, and The Outsiders for you.

I was dropping in mainly to remind you that NaNoWriMo is just a couple of months away and to tell you that I will be participating. One of my classmates was an English teacher and assigned NaNo to her students last year and participated herself as well. She’s planning to get a group together in our program. I don’t know how successful she’ll be, but at least I’ll have one on campus writing buddy!

How are you? What have you been reading? What are you looking forward to reading?

My next assigned text is Wintergirls and I’m very excited.

So I’ll be using this space to chronicle my journey through library school over the next couple of years, because that’s pretty much what my life is going to be.  We had orientation today, where I learned some new things and had old learnings reinforced.  I’m looking forward to the first day of class tomorrow, though I suspect I’ll have a terrible time getting to sleep tonight because I’ll be so excited.

My course schedule this semester includes:

  • Human Information Interactions
  • Information Tools
  • The School Library Media Center
  • Young Adult Literature and Related Materials

I’m also working as a Graduate Assistant for LEARN NC.

I plan to talk here about my experiences and the issues we deal with in class.  My reactions to the readings for the YA Lit class will be recorded at lectitans, my reading blog.  I don’t plan to talk about any issues I might have in my personal relationships at school, so please don’t expect that.

ReadingI just received an email from my advisor/YA Lit professor with a list for what we’ll be reading this semester.  It’s at least a few books a week (so I’ll be achieving Jo Knowles’s recommended amount!).

Here’s the list with my notations:

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy.
Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. – Own it, haven’t read it.  (Bought it at a library sale.)
Head, Ann. Mr. And Mrs. Bo Jo Jones.
Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender.
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. – Read it in middle or high school.
Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Winter Girls.
Frank, E.R. America.
Johnson, Angela.  First Part Last.
Dessen, Sarah. This Lullaby. – Sarah Dessen lives in Chapel Hill and I think both of her parents are professors at the university.  (I think her mom, in fact, is a Classics professor who spoke to my students once when I taught in Chapel Hill.)  It’d be cool if, you know, she came to our class.  She probably won’t, though.
Gaiman, Neil and Terry Prachett.  Good Omens. – Read it a few years ago, and I’m pretty sure Will owns it.
Lynch, Chris. Slot Machine.
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief
Blundell, Judy.  What I Saw and How I Lied
Nixon, Joan Lowery.  Name of the Game is Murder.
Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. – Read it a year and a half ago and gave my copy away.  I wish I’d thought to keep it, but I know it won’t be hard to find again.  (I just hope I can get it used instead of new.)
Jones, Diana Wynne.  The Pinhoe Egg.
Westerfeld, Scott. The Uglies. – Read it a little more than 2 years ago, still have it.  It’ll be good to re-read as I never finished the series.
Myers, Walter Dean. Here in Harlem.
Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Helfer, Andrew. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography.
Pardes, Bronwen. Doing it Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices about Sex.
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
De la Pena, Matt. Mexican WhiteBoy.
Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese.
Hale, Shannon, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale. Rapunzel’s Revenge.

We also need to keep a journal about these, informal, to refer to during class discussions.  I think my reviewing process here has prepared me really well for that.  Yay!

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Photo by Sister72.

This question is for school and youth services librarians.

How much and in what ways do you get to interact with students/kids?

If you aren’t a librarian yourself but you know one, I’d love for you to point them this way if they’re willing to answer my question.


I interrupt my challenge posts to bring you this tidbit.

Several months ago, I filled out a form at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science site to get the director of their school librarian program to contact me.  She finally got back to me recently, and I was pleased by her response, though it didn’t exactly tell me anything new. (Emphasis Added)

Dear Ms. H,

You sent information to our school library interest database some months
ago but the database was in the process of being revised and I am only now
getting to the point of responding.  I apologize for the long delay.

You inquired about what you need to NC certification as a school media
coordinator (the official name for the school librarian) through our

The state requires for this 076 certification a a valid NC teaching
certificate (which you have), a master’s degree in library science with
specialized school library courses (which you don’t have although you have
some children’s literature courses), fieldwork (which might be waived for
experience) and a passing score of the PRAXIS specialty area exam.

The details of what is required are spelled out in more detail on the
following website:

You meet the teaching certificate requirement.  Latin and mythology is a
good background especially for a high school teacher.
 You would need to
enroll in a master’s program in library science and take courses in the
school library specialty area to qualify for licensure as a school

Let me know if you have further questions and again, apologies for the long
delay in responding.

Co-Director, School Library Media Program

While I intend to continue teaching for a while, I am researching library schools now.  So if you have recommendations, do make them!  I’m looking for a program that would prepare me to work either as a school librarian or a children’s/teen librarian in a public library.  I want to be able to move across settings, but I want to specialize in youth services.