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It’s easy to forget…..

Let’s be honest….2020 sucks. It is easy to forget to stop and smell the flowers, to savor that bite, to play in the rain and to remember who you are. I’m guilty of all of it. But today I got reminded of who I am and what I do. I dropped off books off to an in home daycare (thank you for what you are doing Becca!!!!) and received waves and smiles and “I miss yous”. That reminded me that I am the person that talks to kids about books. I’m the person who gets to see kids be excited about reading. I felt like a celebrity with the fans screaming for me….it was the best feeling I could have.

So take that 2020…no one is going to miss you.

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This is what Christmas looks like for a bookmobile

On one of my adventures, I connected with a kiddo just by chance. I think that her and I would be able to talk books with no problem. Her mom reached out a couple of days ago to let me know they had books for me. I wasn’t expecting the bounty I got and if I stop too long to think about it, I get teary eyed. Who am I? Just a woman with a car full of books who knows the importance of having a book in hand…for strangers to trust me is such a foreign concept. These books were a gift to me and I will pass them on, hopefully at a very special event in December, to kids that need them.

Had to put the 1st box in a bag so I could carry them.
So.many.amazing.books. I can’t wait to share!!
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People are still kind

I’ve acquired more books again. Some were donated, some I bought. Some of the donated books came from someone I’ve never even met. It blows my mind that a complete stranger would go out of their way to bring me books, just because I say I have a book mobile. I also got another monetary donation but this time from a family I feel that I know pretty well. Again, blowing my mind. My concept is simple….maybe too simple. I want kids to have books. But will it really make a difference? I don’t know but while I contemplate that question, here are new additions to the book mobile.

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What is this??

Hello!  Where to start. If you don’t know me, I work with kids talking about books, at 2 different jobs.  I’ve been doing this for at least 15 years, which is a surprise because I was not the kid you would find with a book in her hands when I was younger. I love this work. It is fun, fulfilling and always different. You never know how a kiddo feels about reading until you ask them. Several times a week you will hear me saying, “You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t like it”. However since March I haven’t been able to do that.  I haven’t crawled around on the floor making animal sounds as I do my pajama storytime at the library. I haven’t looked into the faces of the kids at school as I read aloud to see if they were engaged. I haven’t handed a child a book that I was excited about. 

It is now August, and what we all suspected happened. It was announced that school will start in the virtual world again. In addition, my branch of the library I work at won’t open fully to the public until sometime in 2021. Then, it hit me. There is the very real possibility that some kids haven’t had a new book in almost 6 months.  That is just unacceptable.  But what can I do? I had often thought of opening a book mobile but no real motivation to do it.  Now, I have the motivation.  I remember the book mobile as a child.  It was connected to my public library so you had to have a library card to check out a book. I decided that’s not how Potter’s Sweet Pages will work.  Any child who visits the bookmobile and needs a book will get one, and if I never see that child again, well then I know they have a book.  I have to start small right now as I don’t even have any vehicle other than my car and the books I have are in bins. I have to be aware of Oregon’s “too many people together in one place” guideline and other things I am sure I am missing. But with my “mobile” and my “books”, Potter’s Sweet Pages Book Mobile is born

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What’s On Board

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Readers

These are usually leveled books where the word count increases as the levels get harder.

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Picture books

Hard cover or paper back these are great books to read together for a bedtime story. Wordless picture books make for a great opportunity to make up your own story.

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Chapter

From the earliest reader to the avid adult reader, chapter books will whisk you away to worlds unknown.

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Non-Fiction

Get your learnin’ on with these books filled with fabulous photos and text written especially for kids.