Monthly Archives: January 2019
Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries
Another Southeast Portland Little Free Library! Stopped by as we were spreading some books around. I got a couple of boxes of donations all at once, and I’m trying to not have them take over my house. I love the colors on this one! It’s right on the corner of Yamhill and 92nd, and near an elementary school. On this visit, there were a bunch of what looked like college textbooks, along with some nifty novels, some children’s books, and a copy of a really nice guidebook from the Louvre. I only left two books as this library was already pretty full. I pass this one at least weekly while doing errands, but I never remember to stop by. I’m glad the Little Library Locator reminded me it was here!
Being Read To
If you haven’t checked out Kate DiCamillo talking about the importance of shared reading, go watch or read it now.
It’s okay. I’ll wait.
Want someone to read you a story, but don’t have anyone handy? Or maybe you have someone who will read to you, but they’re not available right now for some reason?
That’s okay – we’ve got you covered!
Check out these links
The Toronto Public Library has a Bedtime Story Hotline
David Tenant and John Barrowman reading bedtime stories for the CBeebies channel
China Mieville’s Railsea, read by Johnathan Cowley
Christopher Lee reading Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and various works by Edgar Allan Poe.
Want more read-alouds?
Look for your favorite authors or celebrities on youtube
Try Librivox, a free audiobook program
Check out audiobooks, both CDs and streaming, at your local libary – Multnomah County residents can start here within the Multnomah County Library system
You can also find audiobooks for cheap at garage sales and thrift stores
Look for more, including podcasts, at Read Aloud Revival
What kinds of stories or books or poems do you like hearing? Do you have any favorite readers you like listening to?
As usual, I have no affiliations with any businesses mentioned here. I just really like someone reading stories to me
On the Magic of Reading Aloud
When I was little, both my parents read to me. They even read in a couple of different languages that they were fluent in. I had a couple of children’s books in French, which my mom read to me. My dad read us a couple of children’s books in German and in Russian. When I was in early elementary school, I liked when the teachers read stories because they would show the pictures, they would alter their voices slightly to indicate different characters and moods. Even when my fourth grade teacher read A Wrinkle in Time, with hardly any pictures, she still made it interesting. When I hit sixth grade and my teacher read aloud, I came to hate it. There were no pictures anymore. She read straight off the page – no inflections, no animated intonation, just boring. And I could read for myself much faster than I could listen to her read. Blah.
Skip ahead to me working in various child care settings. I *love* to read stories with little kids. I worked in a variety of child care settings for the better part of 15 years. I now work in a county-based special education preschool program as a speech-language pathologist. I do a ton of stuff with children’s books. The fact that I can write a lot of these books off for work on my taxes helps out enormously, as good-quality picture books are pretty much my crack habit.
Even better, my partner is happy to read these picture books to me sometimes at bedtime. He does voices and everything! Once in a while, when we’re feeling up to the commitment, we’ll find a grown-up book for him to read over several nights. We rarely do this on consecutive nights due to our schedules, so it can take us a long time to finish a book. But even when it’s a grown-up book, he’ll do inflection and intonation to make it interesting. And we’ve found we’ll talk about the book the next day or two as well, so it makes for some good conversation. It’s one of my favorite forms of “together time” with him.
As we head into the holiday week, here’s a suggestion for when your flight is delayed, or you just can’t possibly watch any more football. Get a book and read out loud.
But don’t just gather the kids and the grandkids.
Tonight, beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo shares her humble opinion on the universal and age-defying magic of listening to a shared story.
Check out the video
(you can also read the transcript here)
In the latest Portland Monthly magazine
Two book-related items in the latest issue of Portland Monthly magazine!
Mention of the Rose City Book Pub
And the “not so private library” at The Nines hotel, downtown
Event: An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Reminder: I have no affiliation with any businesses mentioned. I thought fans of the Narnia Chronicles might be interested
|Bank of America presents
MY LIFE’S JOURNEY: AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS
January 10–13, 2019
Special Offer: 50% off tickets | Promo code – LION
The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. David Payne’s AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century. Presented by Emery Entertainment.
Watch a video preview of the show!
Get tickets at 50% off the regular price!
Science Fiction Day
January Author Birthdays
Phyliss Reynolds Naylor
W. D. Snodgrass
Zora Neale Hurston
Gerald Malcolm Durrell
Henry B. Fuller
Simone de Beauvoir
Walter R. Brooks
Manfred B. Lee
Robert C. O’Brien
Horatio Alger Jr
John dos Passos
Ernest J. Gaines
Edgar Allan Poe
Sir Francis Bacon
Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
W. Somerset Maugham
Mary Mapes Dodge
Vera B. Williams
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez