The good news is that there is always hope for changing a “bad” habit. The bad news is that it is going to take a lot of self discipline. Author Brian Tracey explains his theory of “eating a frog” as tackling the task with the highest priority (a.k.a., the one you least want to to do). He speaks from experience, having turned his life around from a series of dead end jobs to become a successful sales manager. Tracey’s first point is to prioritize your tasks, and to dive into the one with the highest priority first. I am optimistic that by reading this book, I will be able to change this very unhelpful habit of procrastination, and be able to manage my time (and life) more effectively. Stay tuned…
What I Leave Behind by Alison Mcghee is a great book for reluctant readers (especially boys!). After his dad commits suicide, Will tries to overcome his own misery by secretly helping the people around him in this story made up of one hundred chapters of one hundred words each. He lives with his mother and walks every day to his job at the local dollar store where he gets little gifts for the people in his life as an attempt to fix the wrongs in their lives.
This book was emotional but beautiful. The short format makes each word more important. I really enjoyed reading this book!
The April 2019 issue of American Libraries Magazine includes some interesting tidbits in an article concerning the state of our libraries. In fact, one listing of data jumped out as I was reading it, since the heading proclaimed: “Public libraries strengthen local economies,” listing how we as librarians accomplish this impressive fact. Here are a few examples given: first, by providing technology training (84% of libraries do so), by aiding patrons with the completion of government online forms (97%), as well as supplying online health resources (77%) and offering programs on health topics. Perhaps we as public librarians need to become better cheerleaders for self-promotion…
The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award is given every other year (in even years) since 2000. Sponsored by the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) and DADD (Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities) “to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s books.” Both picture and chapter books are eligible to win this award. Previous winners include “The Someday Birds,” “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin,” and “Rain, Reign.” According to the web site’s information, the award has had a positive impact on the public acceptance, recognition, and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. Link to the entire list of award-winning Dolly Gray titles using the award picture above.
There are some terrific titles to discover on the list.
A sweet new novel by Kevin Henkes finds its two main characters both annoyed by their parent(s). Amelia’s mom is dead, and her dad definitely does NOT understand her. Mr. Albright(ironically, just the opposite) does not readily express his feelings, either. Thank goodness she has Mrs. O’Brien, her neighbor, a grandmotherly figure who keeps house for her and her dad. Casey’s parent’s are getting divorced and he is thoroughly disgusted by them both. Fortunately, his Aunt Louise is a steady caring figure in his life. The two become friends and help each other to navigate in a seemingly uncaring world. I would recommend it for 4th grade and up.