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The Otis Library Asks:
Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books. (Click on the book image to go to the catalog listing).
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Reading is a source of pleasure, escape and a way to explore the experiences of influential individuals. My reading comes in the form of a great deal of non-fiction in education related matters, leadership and school improvement-books by Reeves, Marzano, and Schmoker. When I have a long commute to a meeting, I pop an audio book in the CD player and enjoy such books as The Tipping Point, Good to Great and fiction such as Snow Falling on Cedars and My Sister’s Keeper. In fact, members of our administrative office team have created an informal lending library of books on CD so that we can share our favorites.
Last fall, my husband and I revisited Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, New York, and for Christmas, my husband gave me, No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Biographies are perhaps my favorite form of non-fiction literature, a preference I developed as a young student in third grade when I was allowed to ride my bike to the library in Ellington, stop for a cup of hot cocoa at the local dairy bar and push my bike uphill to our home on Mountain Road. When I returned home, I curled up on my bed and enjoyed biographies about strong and influential women such as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and Dolly Madison.
Such experiences remind me of how important it is to find the right genre that captures the interest of young readers. A well-organized, attractive community, school, or classroom library invites the reader to enter new worlds and live vicariously through the experiences of the characters.