Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Reads for Work

Summer is not just a time to catch up on reading for pleasure, but also gives librarians a chance to read books specifically for work.  The HVLA Board asked members to share a book read, to read, or in the process of being read for work over the summer.  

It's interesting to note that there is crossover between some of the summer books being read for pleasure (previously posted) and for work.  It's clear that work and pleasure aren't mutually exclusive for many HVLA librarians!

Below are the book covers (in alphabetical order):

Only a handful of HVLA members reported that their schools assigned an all-faculty read over this summer.  Here are what those members said:

*Our Middle School faculty was asked to read one of 5 young adult fiction books "in the spirit of trying to understand our students and adolescence a little better": 
1. Brown Girl Dreaming- Jacqueline Woodson 2. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak 3. Bridge to Terebithia- Katherine Paterson 4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- Benjamin Alire Sáenz 5. Ghost- Jason Reynolds

*Ours are all textbook-y style. Mine is called The Rules in School, by Kathryn Brady (the lower school had 4 choices)

*We pick from a list.

*Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci

*A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

*This year there was a choice of five for Lower School: Wonder, A Long Walk to Water, Because of Mr. Terupt, Out of My Mind, El Deafo - we are promoting empathy & diversity

*We have tried in the past, and faculty resisted after a while. It is hard to pick something that will go over with a large, diverse group of people.

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