Six-year-old Luca is working to master expressive dialogue, after a Kindergarten year of weekly engagements with Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie collection.
Seven-year-old Gracie accelerated her language comfort by discovering an English language picture book written about a piece of her culture. She renews "Aekyung’s Dream" repeatedly, reads it proudly and aloud, happy to share her abilities and her culture with her classmates, week after week.
Twelve-year-old Aidan is my resident knowledge keeper of all things Percy Jackson. He has followed Rick Riordan’s demigod characters as they fight mythological monsters, sequel after sequel, letting me know a week in advance to be prepared with the next in the series.
Eleven-year-old Isa quietly hugs, breathes in, and treasures a brand of fiction rooted in the pressures of day-to-day life. She absorbs and cheers for protagonists from every culture, who overcome the daily challenges associated with growing up, as their worlds open with possibility.
Kouya and Rori are leaders of a throng of middle grade graphic novel enthusiasts who bend my ear when there is even a whisper on the wind of a new Amulet, Explorers, Lumberjanes, Hilo or any other rich graphic novel that I should have on hand.
These readers inspire me, everyday. A day without the warmth and wonder from my library’s visitors is a day without sunshine. But, what sparks this fire in each of my visitors, what each little visitor gains from my library’s treasures, is unique. My goal every day is to engage with each of our students’ literary preferences, to make sure that "my" library becomes "our" library.
Our students range in age, range in cultures, range in reading ability, and range in interest: they love adventure, humor, romance, violence, true stories and grand sweeping fantasy, well imaged non-fiction, and everything “Weird, but True.” What is common among these students love of reading is that they can see themselves in their favourite protagonists.
My wish would be for Indigo’s support for the library at Westview Elementary School so that I can provide a literary invitation for each of our families’ cultures - authentic materials that allow them to meet people like themselves and develop an appreciation for the beauty of their culture alongside the cultures of others.
Thank you, Indigo, thank you Westview.
2nd British Columbia