My palms get sweaty. I’m nervous. I feel a little anxious. There’s some tingling in my fingertips. I feel like I’m falling in love. And the video below is the reason. You may have seen it; it’s making the rounds on various literacy and children’s literature blogs these days. But in case you haven’t, here it is.
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See? Do you feel like you’re falling in love too? When I first saw this last week, it made me want to leap out of my chair, run into the streets and change the world. Cheesy? Yes, but actually true. Even now, watching it again, I feel a thrill. Hundreds of kids are dancing, singing about reading with books in their hands!
Did you catch the copies of The Giver, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Kingdom Keepers II? There was even a book exposing the library check-out card and pocket! Did you catch that very happy, smiling teacher around minute 2:36? And the cool kid who’s clearly got rhythm at 3:55?
This group of school kids pumping their book-filled fists in the air reminded me of the energy and spirit that drew me into a career as a librarian in the first place. Today, I’m in love with being a librarian.
Kelley Beeson Children and Technology Committee, member