Cool Summer Reading

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, I’m thinking about relaxing by a pool or in the shade with a delicious book–which brings back fond memories of my childhood summer reading adventures.  A few months ago, I came across a piece in School Library Journal for...

Literature For Its Own Sake

“What do you do with a B.A. in English/What is my life going to be?/Four years of college and plenty of knowledge/Have earned me this useless degree.”  These wry lyrics from the Broadway musical, Avenue Q, penned by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx...

Turning New Pages

If, like me, you count among the simple pleasures of life browsing the shelves of a brick and mortar bookstore, you were deeply disappointed to learn recently that the Borders chain is going out of business.  Here in Louisville, the loss of Borders is a...

A Summer Spent Making Literacy Memories

CTL staff member Barbara Myerson Katz asked in her June blog entry Memories of Summer Reading and Writing, “Do you have memories of summer reading and writing? How can educators and parents ensure that the children of the early 21st century have great memories of...

Memories of Summer Reading and Writing

One of my fondest summer memories is of going with my mom to the branch library not far from our home in suburban Philadelphia. We’d generally go in the evening, while it was still light out but not quite as hot and sticky as during the day. We would climb the...