Libraries. Books. Reading.
Fall 2017 (August/September)
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BLOG - http://valeriebyrdfort.com
TWITTER - @librarygoddess
INSTAGRAM - @librarygoddessblog
Read for the Record
Thinking Outside the Bin: Why labeling books by reading level disempowers young readers
"It’s essential...that librarians and educators step up as advocates for the freedom to read—even if that choice extends below or above a student’s reading level. “If a child wants to check out a book, let them….Students are telling us in droves they don’t like to read anymore because of these rules. So as school communities, we need to start listening to the students and let them read the books they want to read.”
When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose
"...far too many educators don’t have reading lives of their own. In short, it takes a reader to grow a reader. That said, we get it: educators are busy. But that’s no excuse. The reality is, we prioritize what we value. We all make time for the things we know are important. But here’s the thing, y’all: this is important. It’s time for educators to make their own reading lives a priority so that they can, in turn, help students grow their own."
Library Goddess Blog Posts
- Let me toot your horn!
- Books to make the world (and your classroom) more beautiful!
Columbia SC Moms Blog Posts
I am one of the contributors to the Columbia SC Moms Blog. Here are my posts from the past two months:
- Tips from a Tech: Carseat Installation
- Apple Picking Guide (local to Columbia, SC)
- Reading with your 3 - 6 year old
- Back to School Immunity Boosters
- 100 Mostly Free Boredom Busters
- Free Things to do in Columbia with Kids
About Valerie Byrd Fort - Library Goddess
I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to take a break and stay home with my daughter. When my daughter is sleeping, I read and review children’s books and blog about my reading (and sometimes about my girl). I also teach Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Library and Information Science. I am passionate about the importance of reading and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music. I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families. I am available for special projects, book talks, consulting, and speaking to teachers and librarians about books, kids, and reading. I am also very good with technology and am willing to create a presentation to suit your needs.