Saturday, June 06, 2015


Here's what I was up to the past month: Summer Reading prep.  SRP started on June 1, so it has been a very busy week.

Summer Reading started this week!

We put together 300 beaded superhero bracelet kits!
The samples of the beaded bracelets.

Bulletin Boards at one of the branch libraries.
We are asking the kids to tell us who is their favorite superhero.
The children's area desk at one of the branch libraries.
 I cut so many cityscapes with my Cricut that I ended up dreaming about cutting items for work! 

Adding a Summer Learning component to Summer Reading.
All ready for children's and teen registrations!
The adult display at one of the library branches.
This year's theme is great for my collection of superhero t-shirts!
Got Prizes?  We do!
The teen area at one of the branches
I "stole" this photo from Miss Brindi.
Upcycling old comic books to make bookmarks at a program.

Superhero Bingo! This is for an upcoming teen program.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

May 2015 Reads

Though we have a "break" from programming during the month of May (i.e. we have fewer programs), we are still often busy as bees getting ready for Summer Reading.

Even with the busy days at work, I read 36 books in May.  As usual, if the title is in bold print then I rated it five stars on Goodreads.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
An Accidental Seduction by Michelle Willingham         
The Accidental Countess by Michelle Willingham
An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns by Betsy Rosenthal
Uh-Oh Octopus! by Elle Van Lieshout
Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
Make Mine Midnight by Annmarie McKenna
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill
Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
Death Comes As the End by Agatha Christie
Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi
Bitsy's Bait and BBQ by Pamela Morsi
Fishfishfish by Lee Nordling
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
From Goat to Cheese by Lisa Owings
From Pumpkin to Pie by Lisa Owings
From Sugar Beet to Sugar by Lisa Owings
From Strawberry to Jam by Lisa Owings
From Bulb to Tulip by Lisa Owings
From Sea to Salt by Lisa Owings
Weird and Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy
The Original Cowgirl: The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall by Heather Lang
John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg
Talkin' Guitar: A Story of Young Doc Watson by Robbin Gourley
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Winnie and Waldorf by Kati Hites
Creole Fires by Kat Martin

Monday, May 04, 2015

2015 Reading Resolutions update

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2015, organize my own. One day I will do this!  Dewey’s  24-hour Read-a-thon is slated for April 25, 2015!  I did it!  I did it!  I participated in the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon! 

2. Read more books from the below lists.

  •  Read 2015 winners/honors for Caldecott, Belpre illustrator, Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator, Odyssey(read 31/attempted 4) YALSA non-fiction , and Geisel  (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013 and again in 2014).  The 2015 winners/honors will be announced on February 2, 2015, adding several titles to my TBR list. Finished Caldecott, Geisel, Belpre illustrator, CSK illustrator, and YALSA non-fiction titles. Have read three of the remaining Odyssey titles, leaving only one more to go.
  •  Schneider Family Book Awards - 36 total books 15 read/1 abandoned
  •  Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's Young Adult Literature Award 30 total books 23 read/1 abandoned
  • Morris 35 total books 24 read (Finalists announced in December 2014; winner announced February 2, 2015)
  •   Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (400 total books 93 read/1 abandoned), Printz (77 total books 37 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (161 total books. 38 read. 1 abandoned).   Thanks to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon, I finished the CSK titles.  I’ll likely read more throughout the year.
  1. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  2. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  2. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
CSK author
  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  2. Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
  3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson
  5. I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
  6. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

3. I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be the Year of Non-Fiction.  This means I plan to focus on reading non-fiction titles - not just those on award lists such as YALSA Non-Fiction (25/30 read as of December 15, 2014) and Sibert  (39/53 read as of December 15, 2014) – but non-fiction in general for a variety of ages.  This will include biographies. YALSA Non-fiction finalists were announced in December, but the winner for that award – and the winners and honors for most of the other Youth Media Awards won’t be announced until February 2, 2015. (UPDATED TOTALS: YALSA Non-Fiction (30/30 read) and Sibert (45/59 read). 

4. Read the Harry Potter and the Outlander series again. Both are favorites of mine.  After recently watching all of the Harry Potter movies, I realized how many details I had forgotten (that are missing from the movies as well).  I think it is time to revisit the stories.  I’ve listened to the Outlander series twice.  It takes quite some time!  Hopefully by starting them again this month I will finish in time for the next book to be published. (Please be soon.  Please be soon. Please be soon.) I’m participating in a Buddy Read of the Harry Potter series through one of the Goodreads groups I belong to.  So far I have read books 1, 2, 3, and 4, have started HP5.  I finished Outlander and recently started the second book, Dragonfly in Amber.

5. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  I’m trying Feedly, but need to get in the habit of checking it on a regular basis. Part of me thinks I should give up on this.

6. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  My goal for 2014 was 1000, and I ended up reading just over that amount. In 2015 I am going to go with a less hectic goal of 500. I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. I lowered my goal to 250 and feel so much less stressed!  So far I am doing well with the new goal and am more than 20 books ahead of schedule!

April 2015 Reads

In April I managed to read 29 books.  Several of these were on April 25-26 when I participated in Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon.  
As usual, if the title is in bold print then I rated it five stars on Goodreads

Stitches by David Small
Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London
Tart by Lauren Dane
Fairest by Marissa Meyer            
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson     
I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
Batman: Hush - Volume One by Jeph Loeb
Cherished by Maya Banks and Lauren Dane
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Her Montana Man by Cheryl St. John
The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson
Shadows of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Imagination and Basketball by Christopher Myers
Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall
Creatures of the Night by Camilla Bedoyere
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Lost in You by Lauren Dane
Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
March: Book Two by John Robert Lewis
Making Chase by Lauren Dane
Chased by Lauren Dane