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The Pennekamp book fair is coming right up! This year the fair has a cool Arctic theme, and as in years past, there will be scores of books that are favorites with Pennekamp's students. The fair is from December 10 to 13, and hours are as follows: Tuesday, 12/10, 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 12/11, 7:15 to 2:00 p.m. (open early that day for the super popular "Donuts, Dads, and Dear Ones" time, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m.); Thursday, 12/12, 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Friday, 12/13, 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday from 12:45 to 1:45, there will be a special guest at the fair: Dog Man will be greeting shoppers and posing for photos! Volunteers are needed to help at the fair and also for set up and tear down. For volunteer signup and complete information about the fair, click right here on this link. Happy shopping!
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