Archive for January, 2008

Eight YA Books I Really Want to Read

I’m inspired by a lively book discussion the youth staff had about the Texas Lonestar Reading List this morning.  The following books aren’t necessarily on any Lonestar list, and many of them are several years old, but the meeting got me thinking about all the books out there that I still really want to read!  Too bad I’m such a slow poke.  Here they are, in no particular order…

 Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale

Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

By the way, I highly recommend Goodreads to organize and track all the books you’ve ever read and ever want to read!

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So Tired…

All these people were out last week.  I ended up doing 14 programs in 5 days.  And I have a head cold and can’t properly breathe.  Yes, I’m whining.  Thank you for indulging me!

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Storytime’s Back in Session!

We’re starting storytime again tomorrow, after a month break.  I’m so out of practice—I almost forget what work is like when I’m “performing” to hundreds of parents and kids on an almost-daily basis.  So, yeah, I’m pretty darn nervous.  The butterflies are having a party in my stomach!

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“Encyclopedia of Numbers” from Cinco Library

Isn’t this what your library has always needed? Too funny, my friends!

Thanks to my kick butt librarian friend John for sharing!

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A Cabinet of Her Own

I’m so grown up! Today I bought my first filing cabinet, and boy do I feel organized! You’d think as a librarian I’d have my crap together, right? Well, I did—sort of. I had implemented the “three-ring binder with clear plastic pockets” system a few years ago, and it did an OK job for a while. But I later found I wanted nothing to do with those slippery pockets and ever-expanding binders, and instead all my important and not-so-important documents landed in a precarious tower of confusion (the “to-file mountain,” if you will.) The kicker was when I thought I’d lost a bunch of wedding planning information. Turns out it was hiding in the mountain. Something had to be done!

I took over the living room and spent most of this beautiful Sunday arranging paperwork, making labels, chucking old stuff, etc. with Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, and later, Time Bandits, on in the background. (I paid enough attention to know that there is no such thing as a saber-toothed tiger—it’s a saber-toothed cat and its scientific name is the sweet-sounding “Smilodon”—and that Napoleon in Time Bandits is played by a much younger Ian Holm of Bilbo Baggins fame.) Now my trusty two-drawer metal filing cabinet (that’s right, metal…the real thing!) is stationed like a shining hero by my desk-side, and everything I need is just a label away. What a much-needed dose of organization therapy!

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FAB: Celebrating the Big One!

Tonight marked the first anniversary of the current incarnation of FAB, the teen Frisco Advisory Board at the library. FAB had been on hiatus for a while at the time I was hired on. A few months after moving to the new building, it was time to start again. New members, a new leader (me!), and all of us a little clueless! Thanks to supportive coworkers, some great listservs (like TAGAD-L), and a regularly attending group of teens who are just spilling with great ideas, we managed to succeed as a team.

We’re still learning, but we’ve accomplished much in our first year. Since September, we’ve been putting on monthly Saturday programs for teens, and we now have an Executive Board. FAB has advised us to purchase Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero II, and Karaoke SingStar—now they’re all about Rock Band. We’re now looking to make the world a little bit happier by getting involved in group service work. And next month we tackle our most challenging endeavor to date—the Teen Open Mic program.

Happy Birthday FAB!

Tonight, after attending to business, we stuffed ourselves with Happy Birthday FAB cake (delish!) and played some Guitar Hero II to celebrate our special day. I feel so privileged to have these kids in my life, and I’m excited to see how we grow as a group in the future.

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I’d Rather be Reading

So, Ryan and I finally decided to join the gym. Frisco just built this insane new facility, the Frisco Athletic Center, and membership is free for city employees if you go 10 times per month, an enticing deal for penny-pinchers like us. After shooting hoops for a while, I got on my favorite workout apparatus—the elliptical machine. Of course, as I’m sweating and panting and my heart rate is soaring well past the healthy range (it was literally off the charts!) I’m thinking the usual. That’s right—I’d rather be reading.

At one point I glanced to my right, and a few machines down I spotted this dude somehow balancing a book in both hands and running like a madman. I’ve seen this feat performed before, when I belonged to a gym during my brief stint in Richmond, VA, but I’m always stunned when I witness it. I can barely adjust the volume on my headset while walking at a snail’s pace without falling off the machine, and here’s this guy gracefully reading and flipping pages while sprinting. Forget losing weight or toning muscles. My goal is to one day master the beautiful balancing act of working out to a good read!

Now that I’m in bed—and about to lie relatively still—I can’t wait to get back to Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society. It’s a young adult novel that made the Texas Library Association’s 2008-2009 Lone Star Reading List, and I am enjoying it immensely!

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