CLARE HODGSON MEEKER’S LIBRARY LOVE
Welcome to Library Lions interviews Raising a Roar for libraries and the outstanding librarians serving youth in schools and public libraries across the U.S. Please Roar today’s guest, Author Clare Hodgson Meeker here to share her Library Love with us.
Her latest book title is, Soccer Dreams: Playing the Seattle Sounders FC Way (Creating One 2011).
The library in my hometown of Cold Spring Harbor, New York was a colonial house next to a park that overlooked Long Island Sound. I remember curling up in a window seat in the reading room withThe Secret Garden by, Frances Hodgson Burnett and pretending that I was looking out over the Yorkshire moors like Mary, the main character in the book.
Library Love from an Author’s Perspective
A Roar For Librarians!
I have two special librarians I would like to give a shout out to: Margaret McDonald, the Children’s librarian at the Mercer Island Library and Jennifer Fenton, formerly with the Sno-Isle Library System and now a CE trainer and webinar specialist with the Washington State Library. Both women who are at opposite ends of the age spectrum have shown equal devotion to their jobs and reached out in creative ways to introduce library resources and authors like myself to diverse communities – from home schoolers in King County to Native American communities east of the mountains.
There is no better way for children to see what goes into writing a book than writing one yourself. One of my favorite library visits with them involves making a buddy poem book.
I understand the attraction of the Internet as a convenient research tool and a place to share ideas and opinions. But I can’t imagine a world without libraries – a place where you can hold a book in your hand, smell the paper and leather binding, and be guided to new worlds and new ideas by an insightful librarian. School libraries are critical because they are often the first and sometimes the only place where a child is introduced to the power of books and reading.
Thank you for sharing your Library Love with us, Clare!