There isn’t much to report about lessons and activities in my Library Media Center Learning Commons this week…still talking about Brod Bagert; finished up 2nd grade continent research; 5th grade Media Tech kiddos have completed their lesson on PowerPoint/Photostory; and that’s about it (the few weeks before Spring Break tend to slow down with projects and stuff – is that the same for you?). So, since there isn’t much to report, I thought I would dedicate this post to BOOKS because I am a librarian, after all!

When I stop to think about it, there is not a day that goes by where I don’t read SOMETHING. Here is my “life in the day” of a reader:

When I wake up, I practice yoga. To “kick off” my practice each day I read:

Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and A Year of Living Your Yoga by P.T. Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD – Meditations from the Mat is my favorite of the two. Gates talks about more than just yoga poses, where Lasater talks more about how to enrich your actual asana practice from day to day.

On my way to school (it takes about 25 minutes to get there), I listen to a book in my car. Right now I’m listening to Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins I am really enjoying this book! I think it is perfect for a Kindergarten, 1st grade classroom read aloud (or for a bedtime story!). It is a fairly long chapter book, but each chapter is a story all by itself. It is part of a series. What kid doesn’t wonder about the secret life and thoughts of their toys?

Since I am a librarian and I do work with elementary kids, a lot of my day is spent reading books out loud. But, I don’t actually get to do a lot of reading “on the job.” That might surprise some of you, depending on your ideas about what a librarian actually does all day. Right now, I am reading a lot of Brod Bagert poetry out loud.

More listening to books on my way home.

During dinner, I pretty much always have a newspaper or magazine to read while I eat. This is multi-tasking reading because I’m eating, talking/listening to Marty, AND trying to read. My favorite dinner time reads are USA Today, People Magazine, All You, Food Network Magazine, Everyday Food Magazine, School Library Journal, and Library Media Connection.

After dinner, I catch up on my Facebook and blog reading on the computer. I do consider Facebook time reading time.

Finally, bedtime! I just about always fall asleep with a book. Right now, I’m reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins As you are well aware, this is book 2 in the Hunger Games trilogy. I first started to read The Hunger Games over the summer. I could not get into it at that point and did not understand what all the fuss was about. It is not the sort of book I typically enjoy, but more and more I heard about the movie and more and more hype was being made about it, so I bought it in January and tried again. Hooked! Marty and I are going to see the movie this afternoon and I even really dorked out and bought a Hunger Games shirt to wear when we go. Nerdy book love is the best kind of love, don’t you think?

So, that’s my reading life in a nutshell!

Have a GREAT weekend and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”


PS – Last week I told you that my mom’s marker is up…the funeral home has also put in the hummingbird feeder that they promised for her. It’s beautiful. I can’t wait till the hummingbirds start stopping by!


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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