Idina Menzel, John Lithgow, R.L. Stine, Becky Albertalli and more celebrity authors and writers spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the role libraries have played in their lives and why children should always have access to the books that line their shelves.
Libraries and the connection they offer through their vast print and multimedia collections, technological services, and programming and classes exist far outside the bounds of National Library Week.
But the American Library Association’s 2022 event, taking place April 3-9, is a particularly timely celebration of these spaces as centers of culture, community, information and imagination — especially for children.
For actor John Lithgow, who has written numerous children’s titles, libraries have remained important places to him as a person and an author. “I really love old libraries,” he told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the 2022 weeklong event.
“They just draw you in and you go into another era, another space.”
All the Bright Places author Jennifer Niven also told THR that for her, libraries were a gateway to the world — and beyond. “In libraries, I discovered that the world was possible,” she told THR. “Books were doors to magic worlds.”
Challenges to books like ‘Maus’ and ‘New Kid’ have more than doubled. Here’s what parents, teachers, and librarians have to say about the issue.
By Cassandra Spratling, Published February 28, 2022
When award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Craft learned last October that his virtual visit to a school in Katy, Texas, was canceled and his popular book New Kid had been removed from the library’s shelves, he was shocked.
A mom had complained that his humorous graphic novel—about his childhood experience as a Black student attending a mostly white school—gives students a distorted view of race.
“I couldn’t imagine what someone would find in it that was offensive,” says Craft, whose book won the Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Book Award.
But some 400 people had signed a petition supporting the actions. After a 10-day review from the school district, his visit was rescheduled and the book put back on the shelves.
Simple and Effective Ways to Set a Great Example for Your Kid
By Cheryl Conklin, Guest Blogger
Biography: Cheryl Conklin created Wellness Central from her desire to share various resources and her thoughts on wellness. Apart from blogging, she enjoys traveling and going on endless adventures, and writing about her experiences at the end of the day.
As a parent, your actions can leave a lasting mark on your children. Setting a good example for your kids is essential for encouraging the development of good habits that will stick with them for years to come! Whether you’re dealing with toddlers and teens, raising great kids starts with your own behaviors. Here are some easy ways to mold your kids into incredible little people by adjusting your own habits, presented below by DrWeb’s Domain.
Take Steps Towards Self-Improvement
Show your kids how to become the best versions of themselves by identifying your own strengths and chasing your goals
Consider going back to school to pursue a career path that you’re passionate about.
Spend your spare time learning a new skill or hobby.
Model Healthy Behaviors
Children love to mirror the behaviors of their parents. If you want your kids to exercise, eat healthy foods, read and avoid bad habits, try to model these behaviors yourself.
Demonstrate responsible decisions around substance use to help your kids develop a healthy relationship with alcohol.
Make physical activity a priority in your life, and your kids will be more inclined to exercise too!
Show your kids that you enjoy healthy foods and all the feel-good benefits that come with healthy eating.
To encourage a love of reading, let your children see you reading, and make a point to visit the library together often.
Bring your kids grocery shopping and show them how you make healthy food choices.
Be Kind to Yourself and Others
Treat other people—and yourself—with kindness and respect to raise polite kids with great self-esteem
Being a great parent is not just about the lessons you teach your kids, but about the habits and behaviors that you display every day. Your kids will mirror your actions, for better or for worse. Encourage your little ones to grow into well-adjusted adults by adopting the habits you want them to pick up!