Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book: My Autobiography

Last night, several students in grades 3-6 (plus delightful siblings and equally delightful parents) gathered in the atrium to discuss Book: My Autobiography by John Agard (illustrated by Neil Packer).


First, as promised, we started with edible books (white chocolate squares for pages + fruit leather "covers").




After we finished snacking, we proceeded to make our own books (we even sewed the bindings ourselves).

Then, we looked at photos of medieval chained libraries and talked about how even though the chains look like they're meant to keep people away from the books, they were actually designed to make the books more accessible to more people (by enabling people to use them as long as they didn't go anywhere with them). We even looked at a photo of the Marsh Library in Dublin where readers would have to go into "wired alcoves" (or, to some, "cages") to read precious books. 

This conversation led us to think about what libraries and books might look like for our grandchildren (grandchildren of the students). One student said that libraries might either be more open than they are now (think Little Free Libraries on a giant scale) or might be more restrictive than they are now (because the proverbial pendulum may have swung the other way). One parent told us about her idea for electronic books that have covers and pages (like paper books) but are actually made of flexible screens. This way, reading a book could "feel" like reading a physical book but a reader could still upload multiple books to one electronic device. 

All in all, the evening was, of course, beyond enjoyable.

We hope our third through sixth grade readers (and families) will join us for our next book club gathering on January 18 from 6-7pm. We'll be discussing Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

As always, to reading,

Rachel


Check out those handmade books!