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Exemplary Reading Initiative Award

Always nice to be acknowledged for your efforts! Thank you @JonesESaacps and the Reading Council! #lovemyjob #librarian #majoraward

Jones Elementary School, one of the schools that I regularly visit for my outreach during the year, nominated our little team for an award for “Exemplary Reading Initiative” and we won! It was a pleasant surprise to find out Monday morning, even more pleasant to find out I could crash the awards dinner and get free steak!

Seriously though, I felt really honored that they thought of me as such an important part of their teaching. We’ve been doing programs together for the last few years and they were one of the schools that helped out with my Harry Potter Night last year. They really care about their students and it shows.

Always nice to get these little reminders that you’re appreciated for your efforts. Especially since I will be doing a crazy amount of Summer Reading outreach over the next few weeks.

Thank you to Jones Elementary School and the Anne Arundel County Reading Council. You definitely made my week!

Books read in September

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Wherein I should be reading books for a conference but get distracted by a bunch of comics for teens and kids that I just happened to see on the shelf:

Unicorn on a Roll (Heavenly Nostrils, #2)Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Not quite as good as the first collection, but still adorable and fun. I love this series!!!

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This One SummerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of us have a “one summer” that we can remember. Maybe not quite as dramatic as this one, but I do remember having those crushes, the mystery of what being “older” was all about, and straddling that line between wanting to be a kid and wanting to be a teen. Tamaki and Tamaki capture it all perfectly.

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Storm Vol. 1: Make it RainStorm Vol…

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books read in April

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Wow, this is embarrassing. The story here is that I have two adult books I am currently in the middle of. I’m still working on Silence of the Lambs and then a week ago Dead Wake arrived for me so I dropped everything to read that, only to find myself losing interest and going back to Lambs. But not quick enough to finish it before April 30! So my “read” list for April is kind of sad. But at least the two books I did finish were fantastic!

El DeafoEl Deafo by Cece Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this graphic novel memoir about Cece Bell’s hearing loss as a child. Even if you have perfect hearing, you can relate to Bell’s story, her nervousness about trying to fit in, about not wanting people to treat her differently and managing friendships and relationships in middle school. Her…

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still alive

I haven’t posted on here in forever! Summer Reading Club ate my time up and all the preschool, toddler, and baby storytimes I’ve been doing left little time to even plan out a blog post. But fear not! I am going to try to make it part of my routine to post my storytimes and other program plans on here. I’ve been spending a lot of the summer reading other librarian’s blogs (thanks to all the links on Storytime Underground) and I feel like I need to give back. 🙂

Books read in January

Reblogging since I should probably also link my BOOK reviews on my LIBRARIAN blog. **sigh** some day I will have something more professional to write about on here.

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The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain, #2) The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, Disney really did butcher this series, didn’t they? I’m glad that Tim made me read them and I am looking forward to the next 3 in the Pyrdain Chronicles. I was surprised by how INTENSE the last few chapters were, with actual threats to our heroes lives and one character going off the deep end in a big way. Wow. Great for fans of the LotR movies who might not be ready to read those books, but want a good fantasy series.

Star Wars: Jedi AcademyStar Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a cute idea but it never quite pulled me in the way that “Origami Yoda” did. Both of them want to be a Star Wars Wimpy Kid but Roan’s story was missing…something. I’m wondering if it is because this was…

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Adventures in Social Media: Vine

Just installed Vine on my phone…for work reasons!  As part of the Social Media Committee, we have to see if there are ways popular social media can be applied to the library.  

Yes, I realize this is the equivalent of an alcoholic joining a winery.  

Now – BEHOLD!  MY FIRST REALLY CRAPPY VINE VIDEO!

(Yes, I know that sentence implies there will be more really crappy videos…I do not fool myself)