Last month was a very active month. I was in the news all the time. Below is just one pull-out quote from my mad rush of work.
Avoid the summer slide
Keep your kids smart over summer and make it fun
By MAGGIE GALEHOUSE
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Lounging with books
Imagine a lounge your teenager would never leave.
State-of-the-art computers where teens go online and check e-mail wait off to one side. A semicircle of pod chairs with built-in speakers welcomes teens who want to watch movies or play videos. Nearby, teens take turns playing Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 games.
Brandon Myers, 15, calls it “a fantasy room for kids.”
The thing is, it’s real.
The newly renovated and expanded teen room at Houston Public Library’s downtown Central Library has all this and books, too.
Myers is here to check his e-mail and to make some new friends.
“I’d rather meet them in person than on MySpace,” he says.
A few seats away, Chris Kelley, 17, is checking his e-mail, too.
“I am trying to find a job,” he says, “but I could easily hang out here all day.”
The “shh” is pretty much gone from the teen sections of today’s libraries, says Sandra Fernandez, library spokeswoman. Most local libraries — whether they have groovy-looking pod chairs or not — offer summer activities for teens. And despite all the new technology, reading is still a priority.