Ronnie Sidney II is a therapist, public speaker, entrepreneur, and author of Nelson Beats the Odds, a book to share with children that draws from his own early experiences with ADHD. Here, he answers our questions and shares reading selections that he has enjoyed and that have inspired him.
If you could give one piece of advice to parents of a young child with ADHD, what would it be?
My advice is for parents to support their kids’ strengths. Kids with ADHD have many gifts that are often overlooked because of their hyperactive or impulsive behavior. My father was a Baptist minister, and I was active in church activities that gave me an opportunity to speak.
Ever since kindergarten, I would get in trouble for talking excessively to my peers in class. In high school, teachers began seeing my talking as my strength and encouraged me to participate in forensics, debate, and other public speaking competitions. Today, I'm able to use my strength professionally as an outpatient therapist and professional speaker.
For over 45 years, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has earned many awards. The CRRL has repeatedly been named a Star Library by Library Journal for delivering excellent service, as measured by customer use, and was most recently honored as one of only three libraries in Virginia to be so named.
The Community Give on Tuesday, May 3, was a huge success for nonprofits in the Rappahannock region. Generous donors gave over a million dollars to local organizations throughout the day.
The Friends of the Library participated for the second year and were thrilled with our final tally. Sixty-six library lovers donated a total of $3906--more than twice the amount raised last year!
The Friends extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who gave on May 3, with a special thank-you to Dr. Lynne Richardson. Dr. Richardson, Dean of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington, gave $1,000--the largest donation of the day--in honor of CRRL's new director, Martha Hutzel.
Donations received through The Community Give will support the purchase of books and other library materials; early literacy programming, including summer reading; and STEM classes and MakerLabs.
Again, thank-you, to all our donors! The Friends look forward to participating in 2017.
Congratulations to Tricia McDermott who held the winning ticket in our Friends of the Library Mother’s Day quilt raffle! She took home a beautiful 1930s quilt featuring the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern. The raffle raised a total of $1745 for the Donna Cote Memorial Fund, established in honor of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s longtime Director, which will provide books for incarcerated youth at the Rappahannock Juvenile Center.
Area seventh and eighth grade teens have created the ultimate summer reading list, the Cafe Book Top Teen Picks. Every school year, students from 14 area middle schools read from among 16 recently published young adult books and vote on their favorites. The titles they choose the most frequently are stickered and displayed in library branches, and we can’t keep them on the shelves! This year, five titles were chosen by at least nine schools.
Moira has the perfect birthday planned. "I want to invite grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, aaaaand kindergarten." Mom says no, so Moira asks her dad.
Dad says no, but somehow everybody in every grade "...aaaaand kindergarten" shows up for the party. The house is full, and the kids are hungry, but luckily Moira knows what to do to save the day.
Writing is a peculiar art. Some people seem to be born with a distinctive style and voice which comes effortlessly to them. Most of us, however, need to work hard to learn the fundamentals and are constantly seeking to improve our ability to craft sentences, create paragraphs, and organize a coherent series of ideas which make up a well-written book or article.
Every Wednesday night when I was a child, I would put on my most old-fashioned nightgown and the bonnet my mother had sewn and watch Little House on the Prairie. I received the Garth Williams illustrated books as a Christmas present and read them repeatedly. Little did I know, but I was “geeking” out and “cosplaying” (short for costume play.) Recently, I watched a Little House reunion on TV and was enthralled by all three hours, and, no, I didn’t wear my bonnet. The only thing that would have made it better was having someone to share it with.
I'm a librarian with a confession to make. I have not read The Grapes of Wrath nor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I find Dickens depressing. The Catcher in the Rye? I put it down after the first two chapers. After you finish gasping, I will explain. I have read hundreds (likely thousands) of books in my life, many classics and many hugely popular. I have read verse, poetry, graphic novels, biographies, comics, fantasies, dystopians, long books, short ones, and those in between. But there is still a long list of classic and popular books that, up until recently, I have been ashamed to admit I have yet to read .
Even without a visit to a local art museum, young children can be exposed to great art. Picture books offer not just great stories, but are a feast of color, movement, and images that stimulate not only children’s brains, but also their creativity. When selecting these books, make a conscious effort to choose a variety of styles, not just those that immediately appeal to you, and let your child pick some as well. Broad exposure will excite the imagination! In the following titles, art and story combine for terrific and creative books that are bound to inspire.