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Thanks to the many students, families, and teachers who donated underwear and socks to our drive to benefit homeless individuals. Pennekamp gathered 155 packages of socks and underwear! In addition, the PK PTA donated 95 pairs of Dragon-themed socks! The People Concern--our selected receiving agency--is very grateful to everyone at Pennekamp. It's nice to know we were able to offer a little help to some of the many housing-insecure individuals who are trying to get back on their feet and into stable housing. The winner of our raffle was Sophie R., in second grade--congratulations, Sophie, and enjoy Dav Pilkey's presentation tonight!
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