Throwback Thursday – Practice Makes Dishpan Hands? (July 13, 2006)

In 2006, I took the only Children’s Librarianship class that my library school offered.  I did extremely well in it and was one of only six students (out of a class of 20+) that our prof invited for a end-of-class meal and celebration for her most promising students.

One of the reasons she saw great potential for me was a Book Talk assignment which I did in the persona of the main character from the book “Stuck in Neutral” by Terry Trueman – written from the perspective of a young man with cerebral palsy who thinks his parents are plotting to kill him.

Always a multi-tasker, I practiced my book talk while doing dishes the day before I had to do my assignment in front of the class…


Exactly one decade to the day after I did that book talk, I got to spend some time in the role of a children’s librarian once again as I hosted a local school’s summer enrichment program class visit to my branch for the second year in a row.  I toured them around the library, talked about the importance of books & reading then read them a few stories including “The Book With No Pictures” which they loved so much, they got me to read it twice in a row!

(The belly laugh of the girl in the bottom left of this collage one teacher tweeted says it all!)

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It was very rewarding to hear one of the teachers say the kids were still laughing and talking about my story time at lunch that day.

Maybe I should’ve been a children’s librarian? 😉

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