Mockingbird Marathon

Mockingbird MarathonI’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I’d never read To Kill a Mockingbird until a couple years ago.  Of course I had seen the movie, but somehow in my eclectic reading background I had missed this book. It wasn’t until a colleague suggested a student book group that I finally read it.

And looking back, I think that might have been a good thing.  Because while talking with a small group of bright high school students I could see it through their eyes, and I could also see it as an adult. I think I appreciated it a lot more than I might have in high school.

Next Saturday I will be among the readers gathering at the Book House for a marathon reading. This event is to both celebrate the book’s 50th anniversary and as a fundraiser for Literacy NY Greater Capital Region. I’ll be reading from 9:40 to 10:00am, but stop by anytime between 9am and 9pm (or completion of the book) to listen to a bit of a classic. If you’re busy and would still like to make a donation, let me know and I’ll happily bring it over with me.

Librarians’ Summer Reading List 2010

One of the things that got lost in the problems with my internet hosting last fall  was the LibrariansRead domain.  I reestablished this blog, and recreated the professional website I maintain, but not LibrariansRead.   I knew it was something that I would have to deal with eventually, but last November it was not a priority.

Of course somewhere in last few months time got away from me, and one day while I was parked on the sofa icing my ankle, I realized that if I was going to do it this year, I’d better get on it.  I know running it through my blog is not the most professional, but the structure is in place, so I am going to run with it.


The guidelines are the same as they have been for the last 8-9 years:

Any book you have read from Summer 2009 through the school year 2009-10 is fair game – whether it is new or just one that you have finally gotten around to reading. Any level from picture book to professional, and everything in-between. Basically any title that when you finished it you were left with the desire to put it in someone else’s hands and say “You have to read this!” Titles with multiple recommendations will be noted on the list, so don’t worry about suggesting a title that you think someone else might have suggested.

The submissions will be handled through a form on Google Docs. There is also a link on the upper right hand corner of this blog. The final list will be available as a PDF here after June 10th; if you leave your e-mail I’ll send you a message and link when it is posted.  Feel free to share the list with interested readers. Then hopefully I can get the LibrariansRead website up over the summer with the archival lists

Please include title, author, grade level and a short summary you have written about the book. (Please do not copy summaries from other sites, I do not want to have to deal with copyright infringements.)

You may also e-mail your responses to

Suggestions are due by June 7, 2010.

Please feel free to pass this to any librarians you know – the more the merrier. (And more suggestions make for a richer list.)

80s flashback

I’m just finishing up reading Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis for a discussion this afternoon.

Now I can’t get this Kim Wilde song out of my head-