Wednesday, May 21, 2014


"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
Ernest Hemingway 

School is out in six days and summer beckons. I look forward to doing things I never seem to have time for, like painting walls, digging in the dirt and reading some good books. 

I use to read actual books but now days I buy the audio version and listen while I get something accomplished. Last summer I listened to, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , To Kill a Mockingbird and Jack Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt.  It's like filling my house or car with interesting people... there's never a dull moment and I'm never lonely.

A book can be a friend, a companion and very often a mirror. I remember the summer I read  The Secret Life of Bees, and heard the voice in Lily's head say... "Your jar is open."  

I dropped the book and began to cry. That was the year my mother passed away and I began to discover who I was. I felt such freedom.

I was in the third grade when I read Beverly Cleary's Otis Spofford  I laughed right out loud at Stewy and Otis's antics as the "bull"  That began my love of literature. 

It is satisfying, as I close the library for the year, to watch our students come to pick up their "summer read"  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I know they will be in good company!

Fall in love with a good book this summer!