I know I already bragged about the Reading Summit, but now you're going to be so jealous. Seriously. The final speaker (and illustrator) of the day, and there were many, many great speakers, was Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and The Adventures of Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot and more.
Dav Pilkey talked about the power of choice. People often ask him how he got so good at drawing, and he answers, "Lots and lots of practice," with a little bit of a laugh. He first started drawing Captain Underpants when he was in second grade! His second grade teacher didn't like it, but he didn't stop. He's been writing and drawing for over forty years.
Dav reminded us that lots and lots of practice is always what it takes to get good at something. When practice is fun, that's when we develop skills, because we keep wanting to do it. Love leads to habits, and habits lead to skills.
Find something you love to do, and do it often. Get good at it.
If you don't love reading yet, try one of Dav Pilkey's books (I like the Ricky Ricotta books best myself), or try something else. The best way to get good at reading is to read a lot, but you won't read a lot if you don't find something you enjoy. Come check out our "Try It" wall to see if something looks good. Ask your friends what they're reading. Figure out what you like by thinking about what you want to know more about, or what makes you laugh, or what kind of movie or TV show keeps you on the edge of your seat.
It's nearly time for the new library to be ready! If you have books ready to donate, are you able to hold on to them for a few more weeks? We don't have space in our old building to store the books before the move. I'll post here when we do have space and a plan for more donations. Thank you for your generosity!
I have really enjoyed preparing silly memes to remind people to vote for Kepler in the MyScholarDollars grant competition.
Don't forget to vote, by the way. http://bit.ly/2mgOjbr will take you straight to our spot if you scroll down. Then just click, fill out the pop-up, confirm your email, and you're done. Thanks.
The unintended consequence of working on these memes is that I have strengthened my writing. I tend to use too many words. Memes just won't allow it. I have to think about my audience - will they know what "vote" means by now? What if someone new joins at this point?
I thought I was a pretty strong writer already. A new format gave me a place to play with revising and publishing, and discover some areas for growth. Thanks for being an audience.
We're one week in to the voting period now. Spread the word: tell your friends and neighbors that Kepler wants to have an amazing library that welcomes students to come in and spend time reading and learning. We want to win the $10,000 and purchase seating, displays, tables, and signs. Go to http://bit.ly/2mgOjbr and scroll down to find Kepler. Click on the "Vote for This School" button and then fill out the form that pops up - name, email address, zip code and "I am not a student; I am at least 18" button. It takes about 30 seconds, and it could help us out a lot.
There are four schools in Fresno competing for the same grant. I don't know if they are in the same category as we are, which is "Small Elementary and Middle School." I hope they aren't, so that Fresno can win big multiple times. If you're curious about which other schools are in it to win it, use the search box below the leader-boards. You can look by city, principal, or school name.
What's cooler is that if you then click on a school's name, the space will expand to show what that school wants to do with the money. If you didn't already know we want an awesome library, you can go read about it, just for fun.
I'll have a fresh meme for you tomorrow! Thanks for voting!
Always up for book chats, reading, library memes - proud to be Kepler's first librarian