Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

Every Thursday, you’ll get this short, fun, relevant newsletter. It will contain a quote or smile about the library and those who love it, an idea you can use to promote your library or reading in general, and an occasional shameless plug for the programs I offer. Enjoy!

If you are new to us or have missed any previous issues, you can read them all at And, please; tell your friends about it!

In this issue:
See? It Really Does Matter!
Library Laugh
That’s a Great Idea!
What She Said

See? It Really Does Matter!

One of our colleagues (those of us who work to encourage reading!) shared the following story. She wanted the story to be told, but asked to leave her name out.

“Karen came by this week. She is an excited and motivated college junior this year, but was a struggling third grade reader when we first met. Her teacher was very strict about what books could be checked out (which was part of her struggle!), but as the librarian, I had access to fun, interesting paperbacks I kept in my office to loan to students like Karen. We followed the “rules” about books to check out, but the contraband books were our little secret. Karen credits those books with her love for reading and her academic success.”

What you do changes lives! Keep up the good work! (If you have a story you’d like to share to encourage almost 600 of your colleagues in this newsletter, hit reply and tell me about it. And don’t be anonymous!

Library Laughs

That’s a Great Idea!

Jane Hardy of Lane Elementary in Macon, GA shared this idea:

One fun thing I do, to get the students excited about coming to the media center, is to have estimating/guessing games. We did a huge jar of miniature marshmallows in January, conversation hearts in February, jelly beans around Easter and of course, candy corn for Halloween. We remind the students and show off the guessing jar on the morning news. The students (and teachers) look forward to coming to the media center to make their guess and of course they check out books while they are here!

Thanks Jane!

What She Said

“We just had Tommy Johns perform for the entire school and he was great. ‘Awesome’ was the comment of one of our 1st grade teachers! Tommy is very professional and entertaining. Another teacher commented that she really appreciated the fact that the assembly was so academically oriented.”
Karen Liebert, International Studies ECS, Albany, GA

See you next week!

Encouraging kids to read, I am
Tommy Johns
Educational Entertainment Specialist

PS – Don’t forget to send me your stories to encourage!

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