AAPS Library Services Department

May/June 2022 Vol. 11

During the month of May, all school libraries celebrate Asian/Pacific American heritage with a variety of events including a poetry workshop with Carlina Duan and an author visit with comic book writer J. Torres, who is best known for his work on DC Comic's Teen Titans Go! In addition, the APISA/A (Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian/American) Parent Advisory Group of AAPS, Ann-Hua Chinese School, Black Stone Bookstore & Booksweet Bookstore are running a book drive with the goal of adding 320 books featuring Asian lead character to the 32 AAPS school libraries (10 books per school).

For information on the book drive and the author events, click on the slide above. We thank the Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian/America Parent Advisory Group (APISA/A), AAPS librarian Amy Rodriguez, and AAPS teacherJoslyn Hunscher-Young for helping to organize these events.

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What is a seed library?

A seed library is a place to share seeds, promote seed diversity, and grow both gardens and community through shared knowledge and resources. Patrons are encouraged to take seeds, share their experiences, and when able, donate seeds collected from plants. Just as diverse communities enrich our lives, seed and plant diversity is vital to our well-being and future. A seed library provides a place to share our stories, resources, and knowledge.

Different seed libraries may operate slightly differently but many of the elements will be the same -

  • cataloged seeds (non-GMO seeds)
  • a system for taking seeds (little packets, etc.)
  • a system for donating seeds
  • a registry to share your experience (notebook)
  • additional resources (pamphlets, planting directions, books)

Seed libraries will be the most active in the Spring as well as in the Fall after harvesting.

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How To Beat The Summer Slide!

Did you know that two months of reading skills can be lost over the summer? Stop the summer slide by reading just 4-6 books this summer. There are many ways to access free books including visits to your local library, accessing SORA ebooks and audiobooks, and little free libraries around town. Students can also take advantage of the many fun reading programs available to K-12 students! See the links below for more information

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Meet Kafi Laramore-Josey, Library Clerk at Clague Middle School!

All About Ms. Laramore-Josey:

I moved to Ann Arbor in 10th grade and graduated from Greenhills School. I have a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern University, and an M.L.S. from Wayne State. I have been at Clague since September. Prior to that, I worked at Blackstone Bookstore in Ypsilanti. I also worked in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.

My husband and I have 3 children (22, 19, and 13) and one dog. We live in SE Ann Arbor. My favorite place in town is Gallup Park. I am an avid reader and enjoy visiting local bookstores whenever we travel. EyeSeeMe Children’s Bookstore in St. Louis is a favorite. Musical theater is my other passion. My current favorite show is Hadestown.

What inspired you to work for a school library?

  • I wanted to be able to spend time with books and readers. There are so many amazing things happening in children’s and young adult literature, and I wanted to be in a space where I could talk about and engage with them.
Why are school libraries so important?
  • School libraries are important because they provide easy access to books and other resources for students and teachers. Even though Ann Arbor has an AMAZING public library system, students often have to rely on family members to get there. With the school library, they can come throughout the day and get materials. They can also see what their friends and classmates are reading and share recommendations.
Describe a typical day in a school library.
  • Ha! One thing I like most is that there isn’t a typical day. Some days classes come in for browsing or working on projects. Other days I work on getting books out on the shelves (cataloging, covering, creating displays).
What book or books have had the most influence on your life?
  • Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books hold a special place in my heart because they were favorites of mine as a child, and then made it onto my kids’ list of favorites as well. One of my favorite memories of my youngest daughter was when she accused her sister of “acting just like Beezus!”
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
  • The most rewarding part of working in the library is connecting kids with books and talking about books with them. I really enjoyed coaching teams for this year’s Book Bowl.
How do you envision libraries in the future?
  • I think school libraries in particular will continue to be spaces where physical books reign supreme. Students spend so much time on devices that the library provides a respite from that and allows them to escape into something else.
What are you reading now?
  • My current MG/YA read is The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. My daughter and I have a 2022 goal to (re)read all of Rick Riordan’s books as well as the Rick Riordan Presents series. My book club has finally restarted (yay!) and for that I am reading Honor by Thrity Umrigar.