Saturday, February 14, 2009

Inside Nan: The Old Saw...Be The Change

Ah, the old saw. Mahatma Gandhi said: "Be the change you want to see in the world." Read to other people's kids. They are everywhere. Always take a book in your pack. Have a couple of picture books with you at the metro bus stop, the dentist or doctor office, the laundromat. Anywhere you might wait, others are waiting too. There will always an opportunity to campaign to encourage others (parents, teachers, librarians) to do something but here's the old saw again: "Be the change you want to see in the world..." Go to the local thrift shop and collect a stash of picture books, after you've read them to someone, be prepared to give them away. Is this too scary, too weird? Call your local school and tell them you want to volunteer to read to a child.

3 comments: said...

How good sometimes - such as in this posting - to cut to the chase, state the obvious, illuminate the sphere of influence each person use "this little light of mine." With appreciation for the images accompanying this posting and its fun-damental community service suggestion. Thank you, librarian Nan! EJS

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your help at the library today. I look forward to reading the 3 Caldecott Honor books. Keep up the great work.


Nan Hoekstra said...

You are so welcome Scott! It was fun to engage with such a vital and enthusiastic patron -- stay in touch, I would love to read your comments regularly!