Guest Blogger of the Day: Val, a slowly developing heart for reading
Val came into my life 6 years ago. She was a teen member of my church, and an excellent baby sitter. Val graduated high school in May, and I couldn’t have been prouder. She was active in 4-H member and at one time marching band. She has worked for the Boys and Girls Club as a mentor to younger children. Despite how amazing she is, she has not always been an avid reader. One time I finally convinced her to read If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. I think this is one of the most beautifully written books that captures the heart of a tragic love store while interweaving some beautiful poetry into the tale. Val was shocked at home much she loved this book. Sometimes you match the right book with the right reader and magic happens. This is Val’s tale in her own words . . .
|Val has even starred in one of my RA posters
If you come softly
as the wind within the trees.
You may hear what I hear.
See what sorrow sees.
If you come slightly
as threading dew,
I will take you gladly,
nor ask more of you.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Val sent me this text right after she finished reading If You Come Softly: “Kar thank you for making me read the book if you come softly it was a great book and made me cry.” The right book made all the difference.
Please note: this is a new feature and if you or one of your teens would like to make a guest blog post, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just e-mail me a copy of your story, some basic bio information, a head shot and any artwork if you so desire.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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