Friday, September 12, 2014

I accept that challenge!

Thanks, Brindi.
I might have a little problem. An addiction, if you will.  My drug of choice is reading books.  I get my fix by doing reading challenges.  For a few years now I have focused my New Year’s Resolutions on reading (renamed Reading Resolutions), complete with challenges to read more of specific award winners and honors.

Brindi doesn’t help.  I might have been the one to share the Audiobook BINGO with her, but she has shared both the Reading BINGO challenge and the GoodReads group A Million More Pages (which is full of challenges) with me.  Brindi is a reading challenge pusher.

Some of the titles I use for these challenges overlap.  For instance, I have Cinder by Marissa Meyer on both BINGO cards, and at least one of the others.  I don’t consider this double dipping – especially as I do listen to a lot of audiobooks, and some of the challenges specifically allow this. Of course every book counts as one more towards my goal of reading 1000 books this year!

I’m nearly finished with the original Reading BINGO, having only one slot left.  I need to read a bestseller.  I am on hold for a couple, so it shouldn’t be too long before that challenge is completed. 

I have a long way to go on the two I am currently doing from A Million More Pages.  That’s alright, though, as those challenges have dates set for when they must be completed.  One is a yearlong challenge and the other last nine months. There is also a YA Reading BINGO, but I am going to wait to do that one later this year. It’s similar to the other Reading BINGO – and found on the same webpage – but there are a few differences. 

Know of another fun reading challenge?  Tell me about it in the comments!
Nine Facts about Nine
Hunger Games Challenge, page 1


Hunger Games Challenge, page 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

August Reads

Holy frijoles, batman!  I read a lot in August.  Somehow I managed to read 110 books!  This is partially due to fewer programs, and partially due to a ton of new picture books arriving at the library.  As to be expected, several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.

Ash by Malinda Lo
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Ryan, Gene Wolfe, Kelley Armstrong, Rick Yancey, Kami Garcia, Charles Vess, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Margaret Stohl, Saladin Ahmed
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Norman, Speak! by Caroline Adderson
Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey
The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom
A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best
Washday by Eve Bunting
It's Raining! by Gail Gibbons
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
Monster Chefs by Brian Anderson
Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi
Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) by Barbara Bottner
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border
Little Green Peas by Keith Baker
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence H. Parry
Snow Dog, Sand Dog by Linda Joy Singleton
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown
Ninja! by Arree Chung
Flip & Fin: We Rule the School! by Timothy Gill
Let There Be Light by Desmond Tutu
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Wild Animals (Who Am I?) by Charlie Gardner
Pets (Who Am I?) by Charlie Gardner
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf
There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant by Helen Ketteman
President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett
Panda-monium at Peek Zoo by Kevin Waldron
Alice from Dallas by Marilyn Sadler
Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey C. Kyle
Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List by Michael Townsend
Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories by Truman Capote
Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver
Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Two Bunny Buddies by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Picnic by John Burningham
Archie's Vacation by Domenica More Gordon
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Joy in Mudville by Bob Raczka
The Acrobat by Alborozo
Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Boa's Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis
How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
Breathe by Scott Magoon
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Flight School by Lita Judge
Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith around the World by Alexis York Lumbard
Lost for Words by Natalie Russell
Cuckoo! by Fiona Roberton
Early Bird by Toni Yuly
The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett
Dinner with the Highbrows by Kimberly Willis Holt
Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
Snow Dog, Go Dog by Deborah Heiligman
The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich
Zoe's Jungle by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pardon Me! by Daniel Miyares
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Little Lola by Julie Saab
The Good-Pie Party by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Sumo by Thien Pham
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle
Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Mies van Hout (Illustrations), Chambers Family Singers (Performance)
The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne
If I Had a Raptor by George O'Connor
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray
Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure by Anna Walker
Hannah's Night by Komoko Sakai
Sumo by Thien Pham
Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Puddle Pug by Kim Norman
Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider
How Fast Can You Go? by Kate Riggs
Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson
Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg
Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers by Judy Sierra
Baby's Very First Outdoors Book by Stella Baggott
Sally Goes to Heaven by Stephen Huneck
The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Basil Ering
Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman
The Promise by Nicola Davies
I Love You Just Enough by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Me First by Max Kornell
It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand

Monday, August 18, 2014

Insta-SRP

I have my last program of the summer today (a T-shirt Lab).  Yay!  In honor of Summer Reading programming being officially over for me, here is a peek at summer at my library locations - as originally shared on Instagram

Prize Robots (for children)
 
Science table


SRP Registration has begun!

Bulletin Board display (designed by Brindi)


TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

Light Saber Training


Minecraft Mania (for Tweens)

Guess Who - the Doctor Who version

Photo Booth at the branches' SRP Finale (for children)

T-Shirt Lab (for teens)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reading BINGO challenge


I love challenges.  If you have read even a little of my blog or listened to me talk about books at all, you will know this.   
Look at all those BINGOs!
Back in May my coworker, Brindi of Sweet B's Impressions, blogged about a Reading BINGO challenge (click this link for your own card). I mentioned that I might need to steal the idea.  When I returned to work a few days later, there was a BINGO board waiting on my desk.  That was May 19.
Fast forward to today, and I am nearly finished with the board.  I am waiting on one title to be returned to the library (it’s overdue by a few days).  I’m working one two more (Dodger by Terry Pratchett, which will complete the middle box, and Rags and Bones, the short stories choice).  I need two more spots – The First Book by a Favorite Author and A Best-Selling Book.
 
Of course, there are notes on the back of my card.


As Miss Brindi has heard me grumble a few times, often if I have a favorite author I have likely already read his/her first published book.  I’ve been virtually banging my head against the desk trying to think of an author whose first novel I haven’t already read.  As I was writing this post, it came to me.  One of my favorite books from childhood is A Wrinkle in Time.  I’ve read the whole series, but this is the one that I read again and again and again.  A little research showed me that I haven’t read Madeleine L'Engle’s first published novel: The Small Rain. Since we don’t have it at my library, I’ve place an Inter-Library Loan request for it.
Now to just pick a bestseller and I can complete this challenge – just in time to concentrate on the next one Brindi shared with me!  That will have to wait for another post.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Reading Resolutions update

Even with all the craziness that goes along with being a youth librarian during the summer, I still managed to read quite a bit.  In fact, I completed some of my 2014 Reading Resolutions!  Here's an update:


1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2014, organize my own. Now to organize my own.  Who wants to join me?

2. Read more books from the below lists.
  • Read 2014 winners/honors for Caldecott (done), Belpre illustrator (done), Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator (done), Odyssey(done) YALSA non-fiction (done), and Geisel (done) (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013).  The 2014 winners/honors were announced on January 27, 2014, adding several titles to my TBR list.
  • Morris 30 total books 17 read 21 read
  • Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (392 total books 83 read and 1 abandoned 91 read), Printz (67 total books 26 read and 6 abandoned 33 read), and CSK author (152 total books. 23 read. 1 abandoned 30 read)
Newbery Done!
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath 
Rules by Cynthia Lord 
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski 

Printz Done! 
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff 
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick 
Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool 
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner 
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal 
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

CSK author Done
March: Book One by John Lewis 
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes 
Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers 
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester 
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper 
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

3. 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.  Any suggestions? I do follow several literacy resources on Facebook.  That seems to help some.

4. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  I’d like to read an even 1000 in 2014.  I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. According to Goodreads, I have completed over 640 books so far this year and am currently over 30 ahead!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

July reads

In July I managed to read 92 books. Several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.
  • Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton
  • I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum
  • Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
  • Pom and Pim by Lena Landstrm
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
  • Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by Herman Parish
  • Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece by Herman Parish
  • Share by Sally Anne Garland
  • Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams
  • Maisy Goes to the Movies: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins
  • Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann
  • The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell
  • Big Bug by Henry Cole
  • Off to Market. Elizabeth Dale by Elizabeth Dale
  • Where's My Tushy? by Deborah Aronson
  • Chandra's Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine
  • Princesses Are Not Just Pretty by Kate Lum
  • Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too) Return! by Leslie Kimmelman
  • Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad by Rob Scotton
  • The Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
  • At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin
  • Eddie and Dog by Alison Brown
  • Tickle by Leslie Patricelli
  • The Eyes Game by Hervé Tullet
  • Scowler by Daniel Kraus
  • Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic by Judy Young
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth
  • Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barrett
  • My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes by Pro Familia
  • The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day by Laura Rankin
  • The Rockabilly Goats Gruff by Jeff Crosby
  • Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn
  • Let's Make Faces by Hanoch Piven
  • Bruno & Lulu's Playground Adventures by Patricia Lakin
  • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
  • Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea
  • Axel the Truck: Rocky Road by J.D. Riley
  • Welcome to China by Caryn Jenner
  • The Great Migration by Deborah Lock
  • Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game by David A. Adler
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Circus Mystery by David A. Adler
  • Yellowstone by Marion Dane Bauer
  • I Want to Be a Ballerina by Annabel Blackledge
  • Train Travel by Deborah Lock
  • Snakes Slither and Hiss by Fiona Lock
  • I Am Water by Jean Marzollo
  • Max Goes to the Library by Adria F. Klein
  • Curious George Librarian for a Day by H.A. Rey
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery by David A. Adler
  • Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
  • Poppleton Has Fun by Cynthia Rylant
  • Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant
  • Henry and Mudge in the Green Time: The Third Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Paint the Porch by Cynthia Rylant
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant
  • Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze by Cynthia Rylant
  • Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
  • 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket
  • Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fortunately, the Milk Unabridged by Neil Gaiman
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  • The Fly by Elise Gravel
  • Ghosts by Sonia Goldie
  • Light Is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer
  • The Worm by Elise Gravel
  • Run, Dog! by Cécile Boyer
  • 100 Bears by Magali Bardos
  • Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • Bunnies Near and Far by Sarah Jones
  • Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock
  • Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood
  • Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson
  • Found by Salina Yoon
  • Orange, Triangle, Fox by Sarah Jones
  • Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George
  • The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester
  • DragonQuest by Allan Baillie
  • In New York by Marc Brown
  • The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola
  • Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
  • Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley


 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The end is here (and June reads)

Another Summer Reading Program is in the books!  This year was my 10th SRP.  It was quite a summer, with some successes (Minecraft for tweens, Constellation T-Shirts) and some that were not (Minecraft for teens, no registrations for Sun Salutations Yoga). I was obviously busy enough that I didn't get around to posting my June books, and that the summer seem to go fairly quickly.  I still can't believe it is already August! 

Even though this was a busy summer, I still managed to read 101 books in June.  Several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.
  • Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
  • Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  • Frog Saves the Day by Eve Bunting
  • You Can't Have Too Many Friends! by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray
  • One Hundred Snowmen by Jennifer Arena
  • Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
  • How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler
  • Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  • Starring Me and You by Geneviève Côté
  • Señor Pancho Had a Rancho by Rene Colato Lainez
  • Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier,
  • The Very Tiny Baby by Sylvie Kantorovitz
  • Spring Blossoms by Carole Gerber
  • Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean
  • Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen Stanton
  • Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall
  • Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
  • The Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskan
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
  • Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
  • Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells
  • Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis,
  • Deadly Dinosaurs by Niki Foreman
  • Digger the Dinosaur and the Cake Mistake by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Digger the Dinosaur by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon? by Ree Drummond
  • The Cat with Seven Names by Tony Johnston
  • When Charley Met Grampa by Amy Hest
  • Amy's Three Best Things by Philippa Pearce
  • The Bramble by Lee Nordling
  • Henry's Hand by Ross MacDonald
  • Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Ants Go Marching by Jeffrey Scherer
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
  • I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow
  • Emma in Paris by Claire Frossard
  • Get Well Soon, Grandpa by An Swerts
  • Splat!: Starring the Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz
  • Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
  • The One and Only 1, 2, 3 Book by R. O. Blechmann
  • How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
  • Maple by Lori Nichols
  • Birdie's Big-Girl Hair by Sujean Rim
  • Cat Says Meow: and other animalopoeia by Michael Arndt
  • When Elephant met Giraffe by Paul Gude
  • Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Train by Elisha Cooper
  • My Bus by Byron Barton
  • Zoom! Zoom!: Sounds of Things That Go in the City by Robert Burleigh
  • You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich
  • Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett
  • My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker
  • How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
  • The Birthday Queen by Audrey Wood
  • Penguin Cha-Cha by Kristi Valiant   
  • Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom
  • Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World by Steve Jenkins
  • Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
  • Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
  • The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton
  • The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup
  • Numbers Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman
  • I Didn't Do My Homework Because... by Benjamin Chaud
  • My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems
  • Playful Puppy by Jeremy Patenaude
  • The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory
  • Weasels by Elys Dolan
  • Freddie and Gingersnap by Vincent X Kirsch
  • The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
  • Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun
  • The Line by Paula Bossio
  • Bedtime Monsters by Josh Schneider
  • The Geese March in Step by Jean-François Dumont
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
  • Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  • Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
  • Who Can Play? by Jacky Davis
  • Baby's Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Bear and Bee Too Busy by Sergio Ruzzier
  • Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu
  • Counting in the Garden by Patrick Hruby
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins
  • He's Been a Monster All Day by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  • Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! by Tracey Corderoy
  • Come Back, Ben by Ann Hassett
  • Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler
  • Fox and Duck by Mike Twohy
  • Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow
  • A Trip into Space: An Adventure to the International Space Station by Lori Haskins Houran