As I started writing, the horrors occurring in the USA were very much on my mind. Then I deleted it and started over. I’ve realised I need more time to process what I’m seeing and hearing before I can say anything coherent, let alone useful. That’s one of the things about deep introversion; I need time to think things through – quick answers are not my forte!
Then I remembered my dear library friend Justin Hoenke (@) had asked us to #shareGoodstuff on social media. Sharing good news is a reminder there *is* still a lot of good in the world, and we can each do our bit to keep it that way.
Every year at South Taranaki District Libraries we do the Summer Reading Programme, and incorporate an entertainer into our finale parties. This year we had Adrian Kirk perform his Reading Rocks session. It was brilliant; there’s a strong emphasis on the joy and value of reading, and a great deal of fun and laughter thanks to juggling and a unicycle. I can’t rate him highly enough.
This year more than 400 kids did the programme and the feedback has been great. My staff did an amazing job and I’m so proud of them for the effort they put in. Kids and parents alike have enjoyed it, and the completion rate is high. It’s good to know all those kids are going back to school with a summer of reading behind them.