This may not be a surprise to you, but the district librarian for Brownstown Community Schools really loves to read. She's just not a librarian for the high school, but the elementary too. Mrs. Reed says " your imagination brings anything that you read to life." Her favorite book is "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen, but her overall favorite author is Will Hobbs, the American children’s writer known for outdoor adventure novels.
This year at the elementary the most popular series is The "Who Was" and The "What Was" collection of books. She says that "these series bring history to life." At the high school the most popular series are A Child Called It and A Man Called Dave by Dave Pelzer. Mrs. Reed has really made the elementary library a unique and comfortable retreat for the little ones. At BES you can find hidden corners, comfy chairs, and even a pirate ship in the middle of the shelves! At both schools Mrs. Reed likes it when students check out books that makes one step out of their comfort zone (especially the high schoolers) and encourages students to read everything from the classics to the latest best seller. She has a great knowledge on the different genres and what is really popular.
The jr./sr. high has two series of books sponsored by the state of Illinois: the Rebecca Caudill and Abraham Lincoln series. If a junior high student reads four Caudill books or a high school student reads four Abe Lincoln novels, then they are invited to a spring pizza party on behalf of the school’s library. An added bonus is they get to eat that lunch with English teachers Mrs. Alstat and Mr. Redden.
Mrs. Reed enjoys finding books for all students and love when they get lost in them. A book can take you anywhere you want to go. That is why we read books: to learn about lives and places other than our own, and to learn how to empathize and communicate with each other and the world. That is deep stuff, but that is exactly what we all do every time we get lost in a good read.
By Destanie Ishum
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