Guest Post: Paul R. Hewlett

Kid Lit Reviews is pleased to welcome Paul R. Hewlett, aka Lionel Snodgrass. Paul’s Christmas story, Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas, will be reviewed here tomorrow, Monday, December 8, 2013.  (Click here to view the review.) Today, Paul is here to tell you about a fantastic program that helps parents and children get more out of their local library.

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 CHILDREN AND THE LIBRARY

by Paul R. Hewlett

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I came across a great article a while ago in TheTimesTribune.com and it got me thinking about ways to get children to become more involved in reading. The article told the story of children drawing scenes from their favorite books in chalk on the front steps of the local library. What a wonderful idea.

I have always believed introducing children to libraries and reading at a young age is paramount to developing a lifelong love of reading. My own grandson is only one yet my daughter always has books around and reads to him. He loves looking at the pictures and turning the pages (good thing children’s books are durable).

But, I digress—so I wondered if incorporating what they did in The Times would work. I haven’t tried it, but I have to believe that type of interaction is something children would love. They would get to really use their imaginations and creativity. I think it would be really neat to see how they interpret their favorite characters or scenes.
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The article also mentioned that the event provides an opportunity to learn more about the library and the resources they offer.  One could even sign up parents and children for story hour and similar events. This is a fantastic idea.
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What an event! I can see
it now, kids drawing on the sidewalk, parents learning more about libraries—for themselves as well as their kids—and everyone getting a nice smile viewing the pictures the children  draw. I can see Harry Potter playing Quidditch now.
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There are many ways to get children more involved in reading and the Lane Libraries and the Fort Hamilton Hospital Foundation are also doing just that. Take a look at this article discussing their plan to turn babies into readers. It’s called the Raise A Reader Program. With this program parents are being taught about the importance of pre-literacy skills. They are donating board story books, a Lane Library Book Bag, and get this, a certificate for the child’s first library card! What a wonderfully creative program.
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I believe these are great ideas. The folks at Lackawanna County Children’s Library and Lane Libraries surely think so. I am planning on bringing these ideas up to my local library. What do you think? Can you think of anything to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Paul R. Hewlett

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[top right photograph by Kinga Lipp,  http://www.sxc.hu/profile/hirvike]

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10 thoughts on “Guest Post: Paul R. Hewlett

  1. It is a great post, Paul, and I love the chalk drawing idea. Libraries are where children first experience ‘going away’ from the rest of the world to dive into another world (or another person/character’s world). I’m tremendously grateful I live near my library ~ and it’s a good one, too. 🙂

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    • Hi Claudine,
      It’s great to hear from you. I couldn’t agree more about libraries. I still frequent mine all the time. I’m fortunate to have always lived near one. I hope you have a happy holiday season and are doing well!

      Paul

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  3. LOVE the chalk idea, and I know Donalyn Miller developed an idea with a graffiti wall, I believe (she has two books out about raising readers). To me, anything that gets kids to THINK about what they’ve read and try to express it is very engaging and a way to get them into it 😀 I love the “Raise a Reader” program idea, too 🙂 And I know Katherine Sokolowski wrote a recent post, I think at Nerdy Book Club, about that, too. The more ideas and ways to get kids engaged and LASTing with reading, the better 🙂 Yay!

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    • Thanks for the kind words. I am on the same page as you and am in favor of all things that will help “raise” readers! Thanks for stopping and sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

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  4. Thanks so much for having me on Kid Lit Reviews Sue! I have always loved visiting and ready your reviews. I am so happy to be able to a part of it. Thanks for all you do in exposing children and their parents to reading. I believe we will be a better world because of it!

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    • Thank you for writing such an interesting piece. I hope this summer my local library will have a favorite character day. Showing the librarians your article should get them thinking.

      I am so pleased you enjoy Kid LIt Reviews. I enjoy doing this but would have never guessed this would be happening four years ago. Having faithful readers like you make me want to get up and do this every day. (My attendance here–and daily writing–is better than any paying job I’ve ever held.) 😀

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  5. Thanks Erik!
    I appreciate you stopping by and sharing. And I REALLY appreciate all you do in exposing great literature to kids and parents. I hope you have a great holiday season!

    Paul R. Hewlett

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