I got the call. Just now.
The librarian at the local elementary school asked me to be a judge again this year at the county Battle of the Books. Of course I said yes. It's exciting being in the midst of a hundred avid readers, and I don't use that word avid lightly. These children thrive on reading. They know the details, the characters, the locations, the plots, any trivia imaginable from the list of books they have studied for months. They dress in team t-shirts with school names and book themed cartoon pictures. They do pep talks and team cheers. All over books! Wow, what is this world coming to?