Guest Post: Fancy Nancy: My Family History, by Jane O’Connor

Charity C. Rouse is a Local History and Genealogy Research Librarian, here to share her professional perspective on Fancy Nancy: My Family History. Fancy Nancy likes to explore big words. In working with genealogy, a fancy word for family history, there are a lot of big words and concepts. Fancy Nancy encounters many of these…

Guest post: It Could Always Be Worse

Guest poster Pres. Katherine Baker weaves her own life wisdom in with the Rabbi’s good advice as she reflects on this popular folk tale. In the children’s book, It Could Always Be Worse, delightfully told and illustrated by Margot Zemach, we meet an unnamed Jewish man from 80 or 100 years ago. He looks to be from…

Guest Post: A House of Books

Guest poster Melissa Naasko¬†invites us to a family ritual and the powerful reason she reads to her children.¬† In a corner of my house is a round oak table that was the kitchen table my husband sat at as a child. It is where the teenaged children do their school work. Next to it is…

Guest Post: Teaching from a Love of Language

Guest poster Melissa Naasko shares this fascinating look at the way she’s teaching reading, writing, and a life-long love of good literature as she homeschools her 11 children. I love words. I love the way that carefully chosen words capture scenes that are burned into my mind for years like tin-type photos, the way that…