Sharing Stories and Shaping Futures

h1 March 11th, 2009 by jules

This week marks an unusual blog tour, Share a Story — Shape a Future, the brainchild of Terry Doherty from The Reading Tub. I meant to post about this earlier this week and was probably way remiss in not doing so, but I’m just coming up for air and uncrossing my eyes after the chock-full-‘o’-art Dave McKean interview.

We hear about blog tours all the time, but this is a unique—and wonderful—one, indeed. It’s a one-week literacy blog tour that is “for and by the people who create and engage their readers: teachers, librarians, parents, and people passionate about literacy.” You can head over to Terry’s blog to catch up on what’s been posted this week at all kinds of blogs, and you can also hit Jen Robinson’s site to take a gander. (That Jen with all her many passionate literacy efforts; I don’t know how she does it. She rocks, as the kids say. Terry, too, for that matter. Everyone behind this entire blog tour deserves a big ‘ol round of applause. I almost typed applesauce. Hey, let’s give ’em some applesauce, too.)

The project has its own site here, probably the very best spot in which to get caught up. (Here’s a master schedule; Day One was devoted to “Raising Readers,” Day Two to “Selecting Reading Material,” and today to “Reading Aloud — It’s Fun, It’s Easy.”) I’ll be involved in the tour tomorrow: I’ll be interviewing/chatting with public librarian extraordinnaire Adrienne Furness about how to make the library work for YOU — yes, YOU, the patron. Let me just say now—so that I don’t make her blush tomorrow—that one of the reasons I chose her to interview is that, seriously, don’t you wish all public librarians were as smart and friendly and fun and passionate about literature and library programming as she is? I made that “passionate about literature” irritatingly big, because I believe it’s fundamental to those who work with children and books. And Adrienne’s got it goin’ on something fierce.

I’m happy to be involved in such a unique blog tour. To celebrate, I’ve got my own pic up here of my wee’est one, reading one of her favorite books (Elisa Kleven’s The Apple Doll) in the sunlight (which is why the feline, Lyra, is also there).

See you tomorrow when I’ll have Adrienne over for coffee and one very possible discussion before breakfast . . .

9 comments to “Sharing Stories and Shaping Futures”

  1. Thanks for all the love Jules, and the applesauce, too! How adorable that your daughter is so thoughtfully pointing out the words for you. Can’t wait to stop by for breakfast tomorrow!

  2. Can’t wait to read your interview with Adrienne!

    Princess, book, and star feline all in one picture. 🙂

  3. Such a sweet picture, Jules.

  4. Can’t wait until tomorrow – whee!

  5. Cuuuute…

  6. Squee!! Can’t wait till tomorrow. LOVE that picture, as you know.

  7. That’s a lovely photo, Jules! And thanks for the blog love. You brightened my day! I look forward to the interview, too. Because you and Adrienne both rock.

  8. Jule s- thx for visiting me at my blog. Loved Fuse 8 write up for this topic of yours. Love tis whole blog tour idea!

  9. I’m definitely passionate about literature, Jules, but I think I’m going to have to remember to take a look at this on days I’m feeling cranky (or, as you say, In a Mood). Like when the toilet overflows at work.

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