Did you know this week is National Library Week? I only realized this about a month ago when I received an email from a man named David Florig. David is the director of an organization here in Philadelphia called WePAC – West Philadelphia’s Alliance for Children.
WePAC is an incredible organization. The sad reality is that many public schools do not have enough funding to keep their own in-school libraries up and running. Most of these schools are in impoverished neighborhoods. WePAC through its generous donors and volunteers, helps to re-open and maintain these libraries. Since starting its “open book, open mind” program in 2009, WePAC has re-opened 12 school libraries.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting The William Longstreth School, as their guest author to help celebrate National Library Week. The children and I had the BEST time. I met with both 2nd graders and 4th graders. These kids were AMAZING! I spent the first few minutes reading a little bit of Nate Rocks the World to them and talking about writing. Then it was their turn to interview me. They had awesome questions. Not only that – they had awesome suggestions! We wound up having a mini-brain storming session of what types of adventures they’d like to see Nate go on (sorry – not giving those away – you’ll just have to wait until book 3!)
The fourth-graders and I even wrote our own story about Nate going on a visit to the Baltimore Aquarium, involving an escape shark - of course Nate saved the day thanks to these quick thinking children! The second-graders had an opportunity to draw their own cartoon adventures, which included everything from a rocket trip to the sun to taking a zip-line through the jungle to getting stuck on the Eiffel Tower! Way to use your imaginations kids!
Thanks so much to WePAC & The William Longstreth School for the invitation. I hope to see you all again soon!
Don't forget ... Reading Rocks!
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