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What is passion?

A passionate librarian:

  • doesn’t clock watch!
  • doesn’t say that’s not in my job description
  • will push for change that is beneficial to users
  • always puts the user first
  • will self teach / explore resources & collections
  • will develop an understanding of how the library works as a whole
  • will read national / international industry literature
  • will volunteer to lead / join project teams
  • will work well in a team
  • will try / explore ways in which processes can be improved
  • should never be scared to ask the advice of experience colleagues
  • won’t be dragged down by less motivated staff
  • should arrive & leave work with a smile on their face! :)

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Children’s literature … those classics

Classics include …

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit              
  • Peter Pan           
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Winnie-the-Pooh            
  • The Hobbit         
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe                
  • Charlotte’s Web              
  • The Cat in the Hat           
  • James and the Giant Peach                        
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Where the Wild Things Are  
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory           

Who determines what equates a modern children’s classic? Why do we encourage or force children to read this often old literature. Clearly, what appeals to one child, won’t always appeal to every child. Why are the classics generally always fiction and not non-fiction?

Don’t get me wrong the above titles make incredible reading but I find it fascinating that these books are still reprinted on a mass scale and often put in front of entire classes of children. 

Why not encourage children to choose their own books to read based on their own individual interests? Learning to search and use a library is as valuable as the reading itself, especially in terms of long term study.

It is important children don’t see the same world through the same set of eyes but are allowed to choose and interpret literature that appeals to them.

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