It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/9/17

9 Oct

I kicked butt reading this weekend. You know how when you eat a really great meal and you feel full, but so good? Well, that’s how I felt reading this weekend. I started out the week reading The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann, a romance novel a coworker told me about – it’s one of those cheesy books you don’t have to think about while reading, but it was a lot of fun with some really great librarian references in it. Then I spent much of the weekend reading some really great middle grade and young adult novels – The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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Random Acts of Poetry Day

7 Oct

Today is Random Acts of Poetry Day! I think poetry often gets a bad rap as people remember poetry for being inaccessible and difficult to understand. People remember having to memorize poetry in school or trying to study poetry to understand what the poet what truly trying to say.

Many kids flock to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky for their silly, nonsensical poetry, but somewhere along the line, kids start pushing poetry away and by the time people become adults, they’ve pushed poetry out of their realm of reading possibilities.
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My favorite poem in the book occurs in August:

One my favorite poetry books in recent years is called When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad. It has fairly short poems about the seasons – with each poem’s title being a specific date. It works well for me because I live in an area of this country that has four distinct seasons. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the adorable illustrations that match each poem.

If you want to be sure

That you are nothing more than small
Stand at the edge of the ocean
Looking out

I absolutely love water in al forms – creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean and this poem completely connected with me! Reminding me that I am a small part of a much larger world out there.

So, take sometime today to read a poem, borrow a book of poetry from the library, or find something online! Enjoy!

Resource: Library Services for Children Journal Club

6 Oct

lsc-journal-club-logo-v3.pngBear with me as I introduce this story by telling you all how I met Lindsey. Lindsey (and her awesome colleague Dana) have this little website called Jbrary. I’ll wait for you to check out their amazing-ness if you don’t know who they are already. Go ahead, I’ll wait… You’re back? Awesome. So, I had been following Lindsey and Dana through their blog and on Twitter for awhile. We’d share each other’s posts and chat about children’s library stuff, but seeing as they live in Vancouver and I live in Philadelphia, we never met in person. That is, until the ALA Annual Conference in 2014 held in Las Vegas. I went to an open house for ALSC members and as we were playing a get-to-know-you game, I bumped into these two. I (and quite possibly all three of us) fangirled about finally meeting in person. And that is how I met Lindsey (online and IRL).

And, Lindsey just created this amazing new resource for children’s librarians called the Library Services for Children Journal Club. The LSC Journal Club was created to keep children’s librarians informed of research and articles published that pertain to our field and spend time discussing these materials with others. Lindsey will be hosting meetups in Vancouver, but she’s reaching out to bloggers and librarians around the world in the hopes that more children’s librarians create their own meetups – whether that means a relaxed setting with wine at someone’s house or in a staff meeting at work.

I find that many children’s librarians are so busy being children’s librarians, they don’t have time to spend on research and I love to learn more about my field, so any and all journals are a huge help!

I can’t wait to share this great resource with my own staff, but also with our county/consortium because I think it’s going to be super valuable! Check it out!

Book Review: The List

5 Oct

33846933.jpgSynopsis: This science fiction, dystopian novel opens with Letta transcribing a list of words. Soon, we learn that Letta’s community, the Ark, only has a pre-approved List from which to communicate – 500 words. Specialized workers receive additionals words in order to do their job. But, when Letta’s master disappears under mysterious circumstances and Letta learns that the powers-that-be want to reduce the list even more, she is forced to make a difficult decision. Does she hold onto her trust for the community in which she has been raised or does she fight for what she believes is more importants – words, feelings, art, expression?

Review: I really enjoyed this dystopian novel. I was interested in the concept of a place where communication is limited to very basic words. Where discussing your feelings, talking with neighbors and sharing ideas is unheard of. Scarily enough, the author paints a picture of the world before the Ark and it is a very familiar setting – people who don’t take climate change seriously, until the world breaks down. And what’s left is a small group of people living under the control of a man who believes that talking is not the answer.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story – Letta is a strong apprentice who, at the beginning of the story, believes in her village and what her elders say, until she begins to understand the power of expression and the importance of words. Her relationship with her master is one of deep respect, love and trust and when he disappears, the world as she knows it disappears as well.

If you have kids who have loved Hunger GamesDivergent, or The Giver have them check out this title – it would make for a great discussion about climate change, censorship, art and more!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Letta’s village only speaks w/ 500 words & the threat to reduce the List forces Letta to befriend someone who can help, but at what cost?

Title: The List
Author: Patricia Forde
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Page Number: 336 pgs.

#MGBooktober

4 Oct

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few posts with the hashtag #mgbooktober. Celebrate with me as people around the world share their favorite middle grade titles during the month of October. It’s not too late to start, so check the chart below, share the cover of a book (or just title and author) that fits the category for each day and don’t forget to add the hashtag #mgbooktober, and if you’re bold add #mglit and #ILoveMG to share even wider! And while, you’re at it, tag the author, illustrator, or publisher to stretch your reach even farther. And one, last thing – like and share other people’s posts as well! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – I’m expecting to add a lot of titles to my TBR list this month!

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