|Ms. Barbara's Pennekamp Library Website (2010-2021)||
On Tuesday, May 26, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., there's a very exciting, virtual book launch event for The Ocean in Your Bathtub, by Seth Fishman an award-winning author who lives right here in Manhattan Beach. Seth Fishman will introduce his brand-new book and read it aloud, and a scientist at our very own Roundhouse Aquarium will answer questions about the ocean and sea life. This is a live, virtual event. To register and receive login information, go to the event page and click on "register for the event here." The event is intended primarily for TK to 3rd-grade students, but I plan to be there! To get an idea of how cool this event is going to be, click on the book trailer below.
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