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My goal this week during class visits is to introduce new books recently added to the library collection. All classes (except DK, which does not check out books) will hear new books read aloud and will be encouraged to check out the many new books on display. From now through June, the library will be receiving and processing the bulk of this year's acquisitions. New books are acquired in various ways. Some are donated by Pennekamp families and other library supporters. Points generated by Scholastic Book Club orders are used to acquire high-interest titles free of charge. Some books are purchased with funds given to the library from the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and the Manhattan Beach Historical Society. The main source of funds for new books, though--far surpassing any other source--is the Pennekamp PTA, which generously funds new library books as well as supplies and technology. A huge thank-you goes out to all the supportive people and organizations that help our library grow. New books allow us to meet curricular and research needs, reward curiosity, encourage pleasure reading, and promote lifelong learning.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal