A Tribe of Readers

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Reading has always been a passion of mine.

To be lost in a good book, was and always will be, the gift of a lifetime. 
Reading has always been that skill set that provides each 1 of us the ability and desire to invest in who we are. It is the opportunity to find adventure, to imagine, to find yourself in another place and time. To educate, investigate and search deeply for answers to questions long since asked. To be lost in the pages of a good yarn, is to find balance & harmony in the world that surrounds us.

And yet? We seem to have lost the very essence of reading. We focus on cadence, fluency, on the amount of words read per minute and beating our previous score. Our young learners have begun to pigeon hole themselves and their abilities early on. They know where they sit and how they compare not only to their classmates, but on a much larger scale, 1 that is meant to ensure accurate data collection. But I want the learners that I come into contact with to remember why we read… in truth? It is to learn.

There is something truly remarkable when you find yourself in the midst of a group of students– children who live, eat, and breathe reading. The excitement that you see as their eyes light up, having found the next 150 pages that they mean to conquer. The sheer passion they exude, as they can’t seem to wait long enough to sign out their new treasures, eyeing the learning space for a quiet corner to settle in & begin. 

But the reality is that, for every voracious reader in any class, there are also individuals who struggle to find any book to read each and every week. They avoid engaging with you in the hopes that you won’t notice what really is at the root… they can’t read what they think they should be. 

That is perhaps why my heart has been consistently leading me to make the library my learning space. Beginning more than a decade ago really, the notion that perhaps I would be best suited to lead and invite a love of reading in a place & space I have pinned for my entire life. I want to ensure our learners investigate and progress at their own predetermined rate. To know that with time, they can nurture their skills and abilities and work towards developing a critical mindset as life long readers. 

For me, a love of reading is synonymous with creating the just right conditions to cultivate a tribe of readers that this world still so desperately needs.  

A Tribe of Readers

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Reading has always been a passion of mine.

To be lost in a good book, was and always will be, the gift of a lifetime. 
Reading has always been that skill set that provides each 1 of us the ability and desire to invest in who we are. It is the opportunity to find adventure, to imagine, to find yourself in another place and time. To educate, investigate and search deeply for answers to questions long since asked. To be lost in the pages of a good yarn, is to find balance & harmony in the world that surrounds us.

And yet? We seem to have lost the very essence of reading. We focus on cadence, fluency, on the amount of words read per minute and beating our previous score. Our young learners have begun to pigeon hole themselves and their abilities early on. They know where they sit and how they compare not only to their classmates, but on a much larger scale, 1 that is meant to ensure accurate data collection. But I want the learners that I come into contact with to remember why we read… in truth? It is to learn.

There is something truly remarkable when you find yourself in the midst of a group of students– children who live, eat, and breathe reading. The excitement that you see as their eyes light up, having found the next 150 pages that they mean to conquer. The sheer passion they exude, as they can’t seem to wait long enough to sign out their new treasures, eyeing the learning space for a quiet corner to settle in & begin. 

But the reality is that, for every voracious reader in any class, there are also individuals who struggle to find any book to read each and every week. They avoid engaging with you in the hopes that you won’t notice what really is at the root… they can’t read what they think they should be. 

That is perhaps why my heart has been consistently leading me to make the library my learning space. Beginning more than a decade ago really, the notion that perhaps I would be best suited to lead and invite a love of reading in a place & space I have pinned for my entire life. I want to ensure our learners investigate and progress at their own predetermined rate. To know that with time, they can nurture their skills and abilities and work towards developing a critical mindset as life long readers. 

For me, a love of reading is synonymous with creating the just right conditions to cultivate a tribe of readers that this world still so desperately needs.  

A Tribe of Readers

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Reading has always been a passion of mine.

To be lost in a good book, was and always will be, the gift of a lifetime. 
Reading has always been that skill set that provides each 1 of us the ability and desire to invest in who we are. It is the opportunity to find adventure, to imagine, to find yourself in another place and time. To educate, investigate and search deeply for answers to questions long since asked. To be lost in the pages of a good yarn, is to find balance & harmony in the world that surrounds us.

And yet? We seem to have lost the very essence of reading. We focus on cadence, fluency, on the amount of words read per minute and beating our previous score. Our young learners have begun to pigeon hole themselves and their abilities early on. They know where they sit and how they compare not only to their classmates, but on a much larger scale, 1 that is meant to ensure accurate data collection. But I want the learners that I come into contact with to remember why we read… in truth? It is to learn.

There is something truly remarkable when you find yourself in the midst of a group of students– children who live, eat, and breathe reading. The excitement that you see as their eyes light up, having found the next 150 pages that they mean to conquer. The sheer passion they exude, as they can’t seem to wait long enough to sign out their new treasures, eyeing the learning space for a quiet corner to settle in & begin. 

But the reality is that, for every voracious reader in any class, there are also individuals who struggle to find any book to read each and every week. They avoid engaging with you in the hopes that you won’t notice what really is at the root… they can’t read what they think they should be. 

That is perhaps why my heart has been consistently leading me to make the library my learning space. Beginning more than a decade ago really, the notion that perhaps I would be best suited to lead and invite a love of reading in a place & space I have pinned for my entire life. I want to ensure our learners investigate and progress at their own predetermined rate. To know that with time, they can nurture their skills and abilities and work towards developing a critical mindset as life long readers. 

For me, a love of reading is synonymous with creating the just right conditions to cultivate a tribe of readers that this world still so desperately needs.  

Tough to Say Goodbye

https://www.flickr.com/photos/61139434@N07/32931996633/sizes/l”How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Winnie the PoohAnother year has come to a close, and it seems fitting as I rise with the sun, that my mind is thin…

Tough to Say Goodbye

https://www.flickr.com/photos/61139434@N07/32931996633/sizes/l”How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Winnie the PoohAnother year has come to a close, and it seems fitting as I rise with the sun, that my mind is thin…

The Rights of Everyone

https://www.flickr.com/photos/61139434@N07/21611497354/sizes/l” This website is designed to be a living space that will continue to develop and expand as teachers, students, educational partners, and community members share ideas, resources, informatio…

The Rights of Everyone

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Celebrate Every Child

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“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.” ~Malala Yousafzai

It is the mantra of the every day. 

What we do matters because the people,we surround ourselves with… well? They are what matters most. 

This time of year becomes a countdown. As the minutes and hours slip away, fewer and fewer days remain until the end is finally upon us. The weather is in full on summer mode, and time and space begin to draw our attentions elsewhere.

Take time in the coming days to celebrate. Savour each and every child you have walked alongside in your journey this year and highlight and reminisce on your time together. These Memories  become such powerful reminders that our students take with them throughout their adventures in learning. 

As I too prepare for the end of this school year, my role in the library is no different. Perhaps even amplified at times, with 2 libraries to be tackled before the end of June. It can seem almost insurmountable, and yet? It is truly the relationship that I have built with staff & students that matter. No matter how busy things become, remember to celebrate the uniqueness of each & every you cross paths with daily. Smile, encourage, enjoy, and know that you are what makes a difference in the lives of our students.