Reading Snapshots: Breaking & Entering Edition

The other day, I got a text message that read: “Breaking into Bibliopolis after hours!” It was accompanied by this picture. I must say it was wise to include this picture, since it did blunt the whole “breaking into” part. Some of the Bibliopolis patrons will be aghast, “Michael has his shoes on!” but I’m sure his dad carried him onto that green chair. ūüôā

At least Stephen’s reading The Jesus Storybook Bible!

Happy Monday!

Introducing Bibliopolis: Minneapolis Branch!

Today I am pleased to present to you the never-before seen video of the¬†making of Bibliopolis: Minneapolis Branch, featuring the library-building-and-decorating powerhouse, Rhee & Rhee.¬†I am beyond proud to see our love of reading spreading far and wide, and super excited to have this sister branch (library plant?) at our Gracepoint Minneapolis church. The video speaks for itself, so without further delay…

The Making of…Bibliopolis: Minneapolis Branch! from hemilykim on Vimeo.

My favorite parts, in no particular order:

  • The photos of all our readers!
  • The hot chocolate station
  • Mr. Sketch’s cameo
  • The moving ice cream carton and bowls
  • Hanging chair (A wee bit envious¬†over here at Gracepoint Berkeley church!)

What say you? Any encouraging words? Exclamations of glee? Any of you in our other Gracepoint churches inspired to start your own branch? Chime in and give a shout out to Bibliopolis: Minneapolis Branch! (Minneopolis, perhaps?) 

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

It’s a fine line between Ordinary and Extraordinary.¬†Here at Gracepoint Berkeley church, I’m¬†happy to be part of increasing the momentum of a culture shift, where reading is not only cool, it’s a given. Today’s picture is so mundane¬†to me, but when I take a step back, I recognize the (Extra)ordinary in it. These middle school guys could¬†be lost in the myriad¬†Internet wormholes out there, playing video games, or just otherwise metaphorically or literally¬†rolling around doing nothing. Instead they’re voluntarily coming to a library for independent reading. They don’t get community service points or extra credit¬†for this. We don’t do any special programs. I have classical music playing, and pretty much leave them alone. We just read. (I actually get the most reading done during my times with these guys, so I personally look forward to it. Which some might find extraordinary in and of itself!)

Middle school guys totally in the zone — the auto reading zone — reading books¬†that they *chose* to come to Bibliopolis to read. For an hour! (And some come early, just because.)

What’s your verdict: Ordinary or Extraordinary?¬†