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Booktalking "Our Library" by Eve Bunting
When the librarian told the kids that the library was slated to close because it was in a state of disrepair, the kids brainstormed about how to help the library. In fact, at each step of the way, not surprisingly, they read books to educate themselves about the logistics of their ideas and to flesh them out.
When they learned about the walls that were in need of painting and the bad roof, they read books about painting and laying a roof. Then they painted and laid the roof themselves.
They made the library look lovely, but the librarian said that that was not enough. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of money to run a library. The kids read books about fund raising, then they sold cookies, art and candy.
The children of the village were worried that they would become ignorant without books. They wondered how they would be able to learn without a library. They read about the possibility of relocating the library to Buttercup Meadow. Luckily, they were able to get approval, and they pushed it over there themselves on wheels.
The kids love the library because it is a cozy place to be on rainy days, and they read outside underneath the tree on sunny days. Story hour goes on, there are many books on a variety of subjects, and young kids use the books in the library to learn how to read. The library is a place where learning reigns supreme.
I thought that the subject of this book is terrific because it underscores the importance of the services that the public libraries provide to their communities, and how much we depend on community support in order to continue providing those services. This book was a great story about how members of the community can help save the library. We always seem to be facing budget cuts, particularly around the commencement of the new fiscal year, which begins July 1st every year. The letter-writing campaign that the library launches, and the fact that so many people support the library by signing the letters and writing to their City Council members ensures that we can continue to provide services to customers of all ages, including adult literacy help, job seeking assistance, and story hours for kids.