Being able to read is just one part of being literate. That is why our summer reading cards give lots of options. Sure, there is reading. However, the card for ages 0-5 allots points for things like listening to Dial-a-Story (816.701.3456), singing a song, and playing with blocks. The school age card also includes listening to books, exercising, making the Olympic rings, and visiting a nature center, among other activities. Plus, both cards award a space for every library program that kids attend.
Should skin color determine what you can do? That was definitely common thinking in early 1800s America. If somebody who wasn’t white wanted to be Hamlet or King Lear or Benedict, he was out of luck. That’s what everybody told Ira Aldridge when he let them know his dream of becoming a great Shakespearean actor. They said, “Ira you’re crazy!”
Talk. Sing. Read. Write. Play. These words aren’t just on the walls of our libraries because they look cool in bubble letters. The American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative came up with these benchmarks based on feedback from previous research they had done. When caregivers talk, sing, read, write, and play with their little ones, they are preparing them to be future readers.
As Women’s History Month comes to a close and the Spring sports season ramps up on the court and field, I thought it might be fun to find books, fiction and nonfiction alike, that tell the stories of women and girls in athletics. From the true story of 1940’s Rollerderby rough-housers featured in Sue Macy’s Rollerderby Rivals to the critically acclaimed graphic novel Rollergirl tracking one young girl’s tumultuous introduction into contact skating at summer camp, these stories are bound to inspire and inform.