Scieszka and Lane got it right

We’re heading into the time of year when children’s librarians all around the country start to feel the way Scieszka and Lane’s heroes do in their perfectly-titled book, Summer Reading Is Killing Me!

It’s fun, we love it, it’s great to see the kids back again, the long lines at Circ make us happy…and it’s like running a 9-week marathon. We dream about it at night, with phrases like “Every time you read for an hour, that earns you another turn on the game!!!” popping up so that there isn’t even complete respite when we sleep.

I was a little dubious about the space theme of “Mission Read: To the Library and Beyond” this year but I must admit that the Summer Reading Committee and the library’s graphics whiz and Publicity Coordinator have made it into a very entertaining and beautiful game.


Mission Control under construction

Mission Control, where the kids sign in


Gameboard 1 of 3 under construction

I’ll tell more about our game later! Meanwhile, here is my #1 way to tell that you are in the midst of Summer Reading stress: You go to the bathroom and discover that you have put your pants on backward! Do not ask me how I know this.

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