Report from Louisiana: Need Book Recommendations

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Are y’all on Goodreads?  I am, but I’m not sure why.  I think I signed up so I could get reading suggestions from my friends, but I suppose I don’t need Goodreads to do that. This year everyone was signing up for the 2019 Reading Challenge. For some reason I … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Need Book Recommendations

Report from Louisiana: Spring Reading

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is spring (finally) and even though we all complain about Daylight Saving Time I don’t mind this one too badly because it now it won’t get dark at six o’clock every night. I like the longer days. For me, this time of year means working in the yard: that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Spring Reading

Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read

By:  Pat Austin The end of our first semester is upon us and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my classroom reading project that I began this year and to provide an update since so many of you donated money or sent books to my classroom. Over the summer I read Donalyn … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read

Report from Louisiana: A Love Letter to Libraries

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – There is an incredible amount of buzz about Susan Orlean’s new release, The Library Book.  I’m going to have to put this on my reading list. The New York Times posted a nifty piece this past weekend in which twelve authors reminisce about their library love; it includes thoughts from … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Love Letter to Libraries

Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Not much surprises me anymore but I have to admit, I’m surprised that this, via The Hayride, is a thing now: At an annual American Library Association conference in New Orleans, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) officially introduced “Drag Queen Story Hour” to librarians across the country. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

Report from Louisiana: Seeking the Positive

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As I was thinking about what to share with you this week I gave some deep thought to trashing John Bel Edwards and his tax-raising, money-grabbing administration of our state, and I also thought about listing the myriad reasons why Mitch Landrieu would be a terrible president of our country … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Seeking the Positive

Report from Louisiana: Books in the Mail!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It has been about ten days since I launched my Classroom Library Project in an effort to build a new classroom library for the purpose of encouraging my high school students to fall in love with reading again, and in those ten days I have now received over 60 books … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Books in the Mail!

Report from Louisiana: Fostering a Love of Reading

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- "What was the last book you read outside of school -- something you read just for fun?  And if you don't like to read, why not?" That was my First Five for my grade 10 ELA students one day last week. I've been doing a lot of reading and research … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Fostering a Love of Reading

Murder in the Grove: A Mystery You Can’t Put Down

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Every now and then I have to step back from politics, take a break from the insanity, and escape in a good novel. When I find a writer or a novel that’s really, really good, I like spread the word. As a longtime fan of Michael Henry’s novels, I was … Continue reading Murder in the Grove: A Mystery You Can’t Put Down

Little Free Libraries Under Attack

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Our humble little burg has made national news; as it turns out, big government does not approve of the Little Free Library. The little library controversy began (in Shreveport, at least), a couple of weeks ago when Ricky and Teresa Edgerton received a cease and desist order from the Metropolitan … Continue reading Little Free Libraries Under Attack

A Recommendation for Your Summer Reading List

  By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- The summer reading season is almost upon us and it’s time to assemble your vacation reading stack.  If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to make a suggestion.  If you haven’t read Michael Henry’s books you need to add them to your list. Author Michael Henry has his own wonderful style … Continue reading A Recommendation for Your Summer Reading List