Loretta M. Gaffney, MLIS, MA, Ph.D., is a librarian and teacher at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. Illinois-born and Iowa-raised, she is slowly becoming an Angeleno by learning to shiver in 50-degree weather. Loretta is the author of Young Adult Literature, Libraries, and Conservative Activism, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2017. A frequent conference speaker and guest lecturer, Loretta taught YA Literature, Reading Research, Intellectual Freedom, and Youth Services Librarianship at both UCLA and the University of Illinois. She has twin 13-year-old daughters and a bad reading habit.
For returning teachers and librarians, September is typically a month of renewed energy and fresh starts. Yet the late summer demonstration in Charlottesville and its aftermath left many of us facing the 2017-2018 school year fearful, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Doing nothing,… Read More ›
Years ago, after weeks of urging teachers to come to me for student book recommendations, an English teacher dropped by to take me up on my offer. I asked her what kinds of books she wanted for her 8th graders. “Good… Read More ›
At the beginning of last school year, I gave my 7th-grade students an assignment. “Draw me a picture of the Internet,” I told them. They looked at me like I was crazy. “How are we supposed to draw the Internet?”… Read More ›