Thank you, Ms. Arnold!

I had so much fun with Ms. Arnold’s sixth graders today! I learned a lot about them and myself (evidently, I’m elderly, according to Phillip) and had a blast. Thanks for the invitation! Here’s a list of the titles I brought:

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Witness by Karen Hesse

Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

An American Plague: the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

Thanks again! I hope to see you all for Summer Reading!!

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FYI, 13yo skool grl is nu US txt mssg chmpN

If you can understand the title of this post and can text like the wind, you could be the next Text Messaging Champion. Don’t knock it…Morgan Pozgar, a thirteen year old super-texter, is now $25,000 richer because of her fast fingers and quick brain. Read more about it here. And for those of you that are…um…text “challenged,” the title of this post is: For your information, a thirteen year old girl in the new United States Text Message Champion.

Thank you, Miss Goehring!

And a big thank you to all of her students–you were all very attentive and asked great questions! I had a fantastic time and hope to see you all again soon! Here’s a list of the books I spoke about today:

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Witness by Karen Hesse

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

I, Dred Scott by Sheila P. Moses

An American Plague: the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Make a Difference

Think you can’t change the world? Two high school students are doing just that with their online project Dollars for Darfur. Here’s a little information from the site:

“The people of Darfur need our help. In Darfur, hundreds of people a day are raped, starved and murdered by the Sudanese armed forces and a Sudanese government-backed militia known as the Janjaweed. At least 400,000 people have died and more than 2 million Darfurians have been left homeless. The United Nations Security Council authorized that peacekeepers be deployed to Darfur, but the Sudanese government has not yet allowed them entry. Meanwhile, the calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter continues.”

Click to find out how you can help. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” And you know what? She’s right.

Don’t look now, but it’s NPM!

What the heck is “NPM?” National Poetry Month, of course! For the month of April, we will be celebrating the genius and talent behind poetry of all kinds! Want to find out more? Check out the website from the Academy of American Poets. Inspiration is a click away!

Personal note: my favorite poet in the universe is the uniquely wonderful Ogden Nash–check out some of his fantastic poems (found in the 811 section of the Main Library.)