Well, it’s a new year. While I may have felt like it’s just another Saturday or Monday that I work, it still feels like a new start. A chance to think about new plans.
Friends of mine had a good thought for the new year: In addition to thinking about goals and things we want to improve, make a list of things you appreciate — and one thing you accomplished in the last year– one thing you’re happy about — etc. I find this a very helpful thought as we face a new year of challenges and goals.
Kids have had the benefit of a few weeks off, and they have been asking for different books than they ask for during school. Adults are usually too busy during the holidays, with preparing food and the house for guests — decorating–wrapping presents–perhaps packing and traveling, as well. Now that it’s the new year, we usually think about goals we want to set. Or fun or exotic places we want to go on our next vacation. Maybe a new class we want to take at night. And, now that kids are going back to school and the parties are over, it’s a chance for us to think of books we haven’t read. But, in addition to the self-improvement books, longer nights lend themselves to snuggling up with a good read that may be relaxing and entertaining, too.
As a children’s librarian, I am interested in the “latest” books (or relatively new), high quality materials to recommend to kids. So, I take a look at the ALA Notable Books, which include the Newbery (novel), Caldecott (picture books), Sibert (nonfiction), Theodor Geisel (early reader) the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre (diversity) and many other book, CD, and video awards. You can also find lists of books under consideration for 2016.
I also find, when I’m listening to the radio, I hear good book reviews at the end of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. So I took a look at recent shows, including the Saturday, January 2, Fresh Air Weekend Best Books and Films. This included book reviews from Maureen Corrigan, Television ratings by David Bianculli, and film reviews by David Edelstein. These inspire me to find books and DVDs that might be worth my time.
Happy reading and viewing to all, and Happy New Year!