Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dear Santa

Dear Santa (or generous politically-correct non-sectarian stand-in),

Oh, we have been so very good this year!  We remember to return our books (almost always), we never run in  the library (hardly ever), and we cite all our sources (sooner or later).  Most of all, we are the most wonderful children and most voracious readers, certainly in Chicago and possibly in all the world (absolutely true, Madame Esme says so).  So since we are almost assuredly at the top of your "nice" list, please consider the following requests:

1.  The Guinness Book of World Records, 2013.  How many copies?  It doesn't matter.  If we had a hundred copies, probably every one of them would be checked out. 

2.  Kindergarten parents to volunteer as readers for kindergarten classes.  Ms. Esme says it is her New Year's resolution to organize this. 

3.  An additional parent volunteer or two to consistently come in and help process the books, which takes a little training.  This would make such a difference in assuring that donated books get on to the shelves faster.  (Ms. Esme would also like to gratefully acknowledge her current marvelous volunteers, who take care of priorities like shelving the books and preparing crafts and doing as much work as Santa's elves).

4.  Moms and Dads and Grandmas and Grandpas to please, pretty please take their children to story times and programs at the public libraries, such as our own Northtown Branch.  This experience, along with the presence and involvement of parents in the library modeling listening and encouraging check-out of piles of books,  makes such a world of difference in the choices children make in the school library and in reading and listening ability overall, which transfers to all areas of learning.  A library card is a gift that keeps giving all year long (but you knew that, Santa!)

In case you need other ideas, Santa, please click here.  Thank you for all you do.  It just wouldn't be magical without you. 

Love, your Stone Bookworms (as translated by your librarian)

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