I'm back! Having survived Hurricane Sandy and metaphoric storms, I'm once again ready to plunge into reading, reviewing, and writing. Today I added a book not explicitly about disabilities (This is My Town by Mercer Mayer) to my reviews of books for children. I'm including this book on the site because I feel it's important that people with disabilities be included in all types of literature, not just books focusing on disabilities. I'm also reviewing the book here because some of the action takes place in and around the town library.
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.