Setting Back to Zero: NYC Removes All Fines From Youth Cards

20 Oct

This is a really cool story! As of yesterday, Thursday, October 19th the New York City Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library have reset all youth library cards to $0.00. So, if any child had a fine or fee for overdue or lost material – they’re library account is cleared and they are now able to check out materials again.

This is huge because 20% of youth cards for these three library systems currently have blocks on them – fines or fees too high to be allowed to check out materials. Plus, almost half of those children live in high-need neighborhoods where it is more likely that it would be more difficult to pay those fines. This is so awesome because so many kids can’t use the libraries with these blocks, but the library can offer so much for them.

What’s even better is that the JPB Foundation, a philanthropy focused on working in low-income neighborhoods, has pledged to help with the revenue loss of clearing these cards which is $2.25 million. Without this assistance, the library would have a much more difficult time removing these fees as that much revenue is hard to replace. Check out this story from the library systems!


Resource: Creative Live

19 Oct

downloadI purchased a Creative Live course a while ago titled”Building a Successful Creative Blog” by April Bowles-Olin. The course is a 3-day workshop that I’m hoping will jump start me into revamping my blog. It’s been on my mind for awhile now, especially since I’m no longer a children’s librarian, I’m trying to decide what direction my blog should go in now that I’m not doing as much programming and spending a lot more time doing paperwork and putting out fires.

I’m hoping that this workshop (which I’ll get a chance to watch in short segments)  will give me a chance to focus a little more on my blog and what direction I plan on taking it in. With videos on developing a content plan, distinguishing your style and voice, and creating email newsletters I’m excited to learn some new ideas and hopefully be able to apply them to my blog over the next few months. I’ve got a bunch of other ideas for my blog swirling around in my brain and I’m hoping this workshop will help me organize them into a plan for the upcoming year!

And if you have any creative pursuits – check out Creative Live, there are some amazing workshops, webinars, and articles available – so definitely check it out!

Book Review: The Littlest Bigfoot

18 Oct

1Synopsis: Alice lives life almost invisibly – her family ships her off to school, she doesn’t have a single friend and she knows that she isn’t pretty with her big, bulky frame and her wild hair she calls a mane. So when she saves Millie Maximus’s life at her eighth boarding school, she realizes that she might finally get a chance at friendship.

Millie lives a sheltered life with her family in their village of Bigfoots. That’s right, Millie is a Bigfoot, but all she wants is to become a famous singer and make friends with a No-Fur (or human). When a picture of Millie and Alice lands on a conspiracy theory website, crazed Bigfoot hunters begin the search for Millie’s family – will Alice be able to protect Millie’s village? And will Millie be the friend Alice has been hoping for?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

17 Oct

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  1. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd – Blackberry Sunrise Ice Cream
  2. A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff- Cady’s Chocolate-Almond-Cherry Cake
  3. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass – Oozing Crunchorama
  4. Pie by Sarah Weeks – Key Lime Pie
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Ever-Lasting Gobstoppers
  6. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer – Foster’s Famous Vanilla Cupcakes
  7. The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis – Enchanted Hot Chocolate
  8. Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood – Singing Gingersnaps
  9. Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz – Welcome Cookies
  10. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord – Blueberry Enchiladas

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/16/17

16 Oct

I was surprisingly able to get a little reading done last week, even with how busy I was. I read What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold and The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner and started Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar. I’ve got some catching up to do in terms of writing book reviews and posting them, so I hope to post at least a couple this week, so keep your eyes out for those.

Otherwise, this week I plan on finishing up Race to the Bottom of the Sea and ARC of The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen and maybe getting to The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko. What are you reading this week?


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of t

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