Jump Start New Year: Read

In my many years working with children, I have had them ask me, "Can you show me a GOOD book?" When I hear this, I cry a little on the inside. You see, to me EVERY book is a GOOD book. Every book is a story just waiting to be discovered by the person who will love it. An adventure waiting to unfold. A roller coaster of emotion waiting to be enjoyed.

I also have had the experience with kids and adults alike of being told, "I'm just not a reader". GASP! The reason this bothers me is because that person views themselves incorrectly. Somewhere along the way, somehow, they have been convinced that just because they don't sit down every day with a big thick book that they are not readers. I can say with absolute confidence that WE ARE ALL READERS. How? We read the newspaper, social media posts, road signs, advertisements, direction labels and some even read books.

Every person is just waiting to find THE book that will turn them into a "reader”. That is where the library comes into the picture. In the library, a person can explore all sorts of books. They can check out fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and audiobooks, all of which makes them readers. As they explore the multitude of options available, most will discover that they are in fact a "reader." That is why regularly visiting the library is a must.

A side note to parents: Your child may have discovered graphic novels. The first instinct for most parents, myself included, is to tell our kids to find something better to read. I implore you to rethink this approach. Think of any reading as valuable. I have met several adults who say that had it not been for graphic novel type books, they would have never discovered a love of reading.

I encourage everyone to visit the local library and check out a book. If you don't like a lot of words, try a graphic novel. Maybe you like a good mystery but your eyesight isn't so great, look at the large print selection. If you are a person who needs to be moving when you read, then an audiobook is for you.

Discover the local library. You never know what you may be missing and what you may learn about yourself.

New On Graphic Novel Shelf

My First Comics series – "I'm Sunny" & "I'm Grumpy" & "I'm Scared" & "I'm Silly" by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

"Warriors: Graystripe's Adventure" & "Warriors: Ravenpaw's Path" by Erin Hunter

"Real Friends" by Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham

"El Deafo" by  Cece Bell

"Level Up" by  Gene Luen Yang

"Noodlehead Nightmares" & "Noodleheads See the Future" & "Noodleheads Find Something Fishy" by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss

New On Kids Shelf

"Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment" by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

"Harry Potter Imagining Hogwarts: A Beginner's Guide to Moviemaking" by Brian Michael Stoller

"The Day the Crayons Quit" & "The Day the Crayons Came Home" by Drew Daywalt

Artist of the Month

Dalton Wallace is a 12th grade student at DAR High School and he is Artist of the Month for January. Stop by the library this month to view the works on display by this very talented artist.

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