I really want to tell you about Carol, because she is utterly amazing.
|The elementary library.|
Carol's love for books and kids was infectious. It was so fun to watch her during library classes. At the beginning of class she would spend twenty minutes on a lesson before book checkout time. The lessons were usually Carol reading a story, or talking about an author, and sometimes the lesson would coincide with some current event.
|Hobbit bulletin board that one of the library volunteers made.|
But my favourite thing to watch Carol do was recommend books to kids. She is so amazing at pitching books. I don't know how she does it. She knows exactly what to say that will get a specific group of kids to latch on to any book's premise and scramble to me, pleading to put them on the hold list first for that book. Every time Carol pitched a book to the kids, a 5-person long waiting list for that book would spring up. And I'm not exaggerating when I say every time!
Carol's love of books and the people who read them was really inspiring to me. It was really cool to be able to work with her this year and learn from her, whether it be how she taught the kids or what she taught the kids or just her energetic enthusiasm for books.
|Goofing off in fifth grade library class.|
There are a lot of people on this online writing community who are super passionate about books and reading and getting kids to read, but it is an entirely different thing to see that in real life, and it is incredibly awesome.
Do you know anyone in real life that is super passionate about books? Do you think it's awesome?