America’s Editor, age 3
With apologies to librarians
Let children read to you.
Let children read in private.
Let children tear the pages of a book in their eagerness to read the story.
Let children drag a book around behind them by a center page as if it were a stuffed animal.
Let children paw the pages and rest their entire body weight on the spine.
Let children feel as if the book is an extension of themselves.
In a pilot program last year, Rochester got rid of overdue fees for children’s materials. The result was a “10 percent increase in library cards issued and more materials being checked out.” Imagine that.
The program is now permanent. “The idea is to remove barriers to reading. Young people no longer have to worry about losing library privileges because of overdue fees.”
Some might argue that there is a sense of responsibility being taught in late fees. However, kids are usually at the mercy of their caregivers for transportation. When a library book is returned is not up to the child.
My main happiness over this news is for the slower readers—the kids who are learning, improving, and savoring.
I hope more libraries follow suit. You can read the AP article here.
If you’re looking for a beach read this summer, I recommend Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and Chemistry: A Novel by Weike Wang. I especially recommend Chemistry if you’re looking for something moving and uniquely written that won’t depress you while you’re on vacation.
I wasn’t able to find a non-editor in my daily life who found this funny. Maybe it requires knowledge of the way GRRM has kept us waiting for his next installment. Maybe it requires knowledge of what copy editors do. Maybe it requires knowledge of the way all editors feel about editing (hint: passionate).
So, this humor post by Tyler Schmall is primarily for editors and copy editors. Read the entire article on Mashable.
“In all honesty the book has been done for like a year now, they’re just waiting for me to look it over and edit it. And honestly I wish I could. But I am just slammed at the moment. I’m like so behind on emails, and I got like three documentary series I still gotta watch. (Don’t you even think about spoiling The Keepers for me haha.) I barely have time for anything right now, and now you want me to copy edit this mammoth of a book just because YOU want to know what happens in the next installment of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy thriller saga A Song of Ice and Fire, a book series unlike anything in the cultural zeitgeist before?
That’s kind of selfish of you, don’t you think? I’m doing my best.”
I’ll be traveling to a cold and snowy place for a couple of weeks, so I read a cold and snowy story in preparation. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was on my reading list for years, and maybe that anticipation gave me too high expectations for this book. It is a well-written story that takes its time. It was enjoyable and has the quality of a fable or fairy tale. It didn’t alter my life, but it did prepare me for snow.