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Thanks to Kentucky’s School Librarians

“I’ve got her!” the firefighter said into his radio, speaking of the unaccounted for third grade girl.

The little girl had gone back into Cassidy Elementary following an evacuation due to a bomb threat, for—of all things—her library book. That third grade girl was me. (Yes, I know. I’m sorry. Very, very sorry.)

But my passion for books and libraries and librarians began early, thanks to the librarians of Kentucky. It is thanks to them, once again, that that very same little girl got to bring The Kentucky Bluegrass Award home to The Bluegrass State this week, for her novel, The Thing About Leftovers, in the 6-8 grade category. Here are all the winners:

Over 56,000 students across the state of Kentucky read multiple books—they can’t vote if they only read one—and voted in the KBAs this year, which is a testament to our school librarians. Without those librarians, even the best books just sit on shelves collecting dust. But with them, our students get excited about reading! And they did!

But I have so much more to thank Kentucky’s librarians for: Thanks to them, I have never once been alone in life. No, I’ve always had friends—a whole cast of interesting characters—in my purse.

Thanks to them, I’ve almost always had a place to hide: the library.

And I shared my secret hiding place with my daughter, Laurel Grace, who also often hid in the library throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. She even earned the title of “Library Assistant.” Laurel’s first friend at Kentucky Christian University was Naulayne Enders, the librarian—of course!

And this year, as I’ve traveled throughout the state, my love for our school librarians has only grown. They do so much more than read aloud and book-talk, and help students with resources. I’ve watched them feed kids, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. I’ve seen them stand up and right wrongs. I’ve seen them sit down and just listen when they don’t have time to sit and listen. In the simplest terms, I’ve watched them love our students without saying “I love you.” But they do. Oh, they do. So, although I know it isn’t enough, I gratefully share this KBA with each and every librarian in the state of Kentucky. And with my whole heart I say, thank you.

More Than a Son

There was a lone chair waiting on the beach. He asked our daughter to sit in it. Then he pulled the bar of soap from his back pocket, got down on his knees, and lovingly washed her feet, like Jesus. He told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life serving her, like… Continue Reading

The Man Who Sings for Me

My husband, Mark, doesn’t sing in church. Sometimes he hums. Sometimes he mumbles a few words in between humming, but that’s about it. Therefore, when we arrive, I always silently ask God to let me do the singing for both of us. But recently I got so choked up at church that I couldn’t sing… Continue Reading

Both Sides of the Story

It’s been a very educational few weeks for Peach and me. My take:          Puppies really can’t hold it. So, should you stop to get a robe or some slippers on your way to the door at the crack of dawn . . . you might as well stop to get your carpet steamer, too. (I… Continue Reading

The Yellow Brick Road

Spent a wonderful weekend following a tremendously talented cast down the yellow brick road, in The Wizard of Oz. (Our daughter played Glinda, the good witch.) As the three seniors—the scarecrow, the tin man, and the lion—with tears streaming down their cheeks, waved and said, “Goodbye, Dorothy . . . Goodbye. . . ” for… Continue Reading

You Made It!

You’re here! Yay! Hi! (Big hug!) Thanks for taking the time to stop by my new (online) home! Let me show you around a bit! You can subscribe to my monthly blog by entering your email address in the box on the right. (After veryifying your humanity, you’ll receive an email asking you to confirm the… Continue Reading

Winning the Doggie-Lottery

On October 28, 2003, I went to visit a dog at the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society. They brought the three-year-old dog, Duchess, who’d been at the shelter longer than any other dog, out to play with me in a grassy area. But Duchess didn’t play. Instead, she came to sit next to me, leaning her entire… Continue Reading

An Interactive Thanksgiving

Oh how I wish I could invite every single one of you to my house for Thanksgiving, so that I could thank you in person for your friendship, readership, support, and encouragement! I would feed you and fuss over you until both your belly and your heart are full to bursting–and then I would load you up with… Continue Reading

Aaawww.

This morning, my husband pointed out some glitter that had fallen out of our daughter’s backpack on her way down the stairs. But I didn’t rush to get the vacuum cleaner. Instead I said, “Aawww, how cute! Our little girl left behind a trail of fairy dust—don’t our stairs look…magical?” Well, I think they do.… Continue Reading

Endings and Beginnings

Next week is my daughter Laurel’s last week of eighth grade, her last week of middle school…which leads me to recall her first week of middle school: We had just moved and knew not a soul at the middle school. Laurel was a little nervous. I was more than a little nervous for her. I… Continue Reading