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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/20/17

20 Feb

25203675I didn’t get to quite as many books this week, but I enjoyed the ones I did get to read!  Wish is a sweet story about family and friendship found in unexpected places (and a small spoiler alert – although there is a dog on the cover of the book, the dog does NOT die!) hour of the Bees is a story of magical realism that reminded me a little of The Lgihtning Queen with stories and folklore woven into the story.  Finally, The Star-Touched Queen was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. A fantasy story seeped in Indian folklore – I read the whole thing in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

This week, my plan is to read the other books I didn’t get to last week:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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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 the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

25 Titles to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

11 Feb

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A great list of picture books about love, family, kindness and friendship to share for Valentine’s Day (or any day of the year)!

  1. Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet
  2. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt
  4. Snuggle Puppy! (a love song) by Sandra Boynton
  5. Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  6. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
  7. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  10. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  11. Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith
  12.  Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
  13. Shy by Deborah Freedmam
  14. One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
  15. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  16. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  17. How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer and Caroline Jayne Church
  18. The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman
  19. The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
  20. All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
  21. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
  22. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
  23. Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story by Michaela Morgan and Caroline Jayne Church
  24. Always by Emma Dodd
  25. Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

Partnering with Parks & Recreation

12 Jan

71cb890892149fa66a4512232e657367.jpgI had a meeting with our township’s Parks & Recreation department recently and it was so wonderful that it didn’t end up like an episode of the NBC show Parks & Recreation, rather we’re planning for ways to partner with each other while also not stepping on each other’s toes. Our community has a brand new community center which is a HUGE draw for our residents and our Parks & Rec department is not only running the center but also moved their office to the building as well, so we’re all adjusting as programming has changed, spaces have changed and learning how we can partner together.

While our Board of Supervisors is looking for us to partner together, we are both trying to figure out ways to do so, while not undercutting the funds the community center needs to run and at the same time, not charging library patrons for programs. Needless to say, we’ve gotten really creative about how we partner. We offering a fitness class once a month to promote the community center programs, while also promoting healthy living and health literacy from the library perspective. The Parks & Rec staff have given us a certain number of spaces for our patrons to experience these classes for free.

We’re also offering a library card drive next month – which is super simple! Library card applications and a staff member at the community center for a few hours to promote library programs.

We’re also putting together a joint grant application for a Healthy Living series of programs over the course of the year. Four programs, one for each season – Swim-Up Storytime at the Community Center pool with fun music and craft for the summer, Soups & Stews for healthy eating in the fall, an essential oils program in the winter and a container gardening program for the spring. We’re hoping that by off-setting the cost through a grant, we won’t have to worry about charging residents for the program and the Community Center/Parks & Rec department will be compensated for the use of the space and for any instructors we need to hire for the programs.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/12/16

12 Dec

21416690I am so proud of myself – I actually got some serious reading done this week!  I read The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly, which was awesome.  Check out my review here! And then I started an adult novel – I know! I actually voluntarily picked up an adult novel that sounded interesting to me.  It’s called The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and it’s so fun – as Goodreads describes it “think Doctor Who with librarian spies” and it’s also compared to Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.  It’s fun and intriguing and I’m about half way through it right now.

This upcoming week is my last full work week before Christmas with a few evening meetings, so we’ll see how much reading I get to.  I’m hoping to finish The Invisible Library and I just put on hold The Reader by Traci Chee, a YA novel that I’ve heard a lot about and can’t wait to get my hands on! What are you reading?


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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 the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Book Review: The Land of Forgotten Girls

8 Dec

25685200.jpgI’ve been in a bit of a book slump for the past few months. A lot of it has to do with a new position at work sucking up all my time and brain power. That being said, I actually physically and mentally feel different if I’m not reading enough each week. I get much crabbier, more anxious and in general just don’t feel like myself. That being said, I’ve finally sat down this week to get in some reading and, boy has it felt good.

I picked up The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly for two reasons – (1) I saw it reviewed in an article on Brightly highlighting great middle grade reads of 2016 and (2) I was a sucker for the cover.  I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I’ll be the first to admit that I do, all the time. I was intrigued by the somewhat fairy tale-esque description, but also that it seemed as though it was based in a realistic storyline.

I read this book in just a few sitting and I loved it!  The story follows 12-year-old Soledad a Filipino immigrant who lives with her sister, Ming and stepmother in Louisiana.  Sol has had her fair share of heartache – her sister died in a drowning accident when she was very young, her mother passed away about a year later and although she immigrated to the U.S. with her father and stepmother, her father went back to the Philippines and never came back.  To say her stepmother is not a fan is to say the least.  Her words and actions are abusive and Sol feels that it’s her responsibility to look out for Ming.

What brings hope into this story is that Sol continues to learn and grow throughout the b0ok, she makes mistakes, she upsets people, but she’s always knows what’s right in the end.  Her rich imagination allows her to escape her everyday life but when she teaches her sister the power of her own imagination, will it do more harm than good? Ming believes the imaginary, world-traveling aunt will come save them from their evil stepmother, but what happens when she doesn’t?

The rich characters make this story come to life.  Sol, her best friend Manny, a new friend Caroline and a host of adults that Sol comes in contact with really make this story what it is. It’s a beautiful story about the power of your imagination and that sometimes you know less than you think you do.

Twitter Booktalk (14o characters or less): Filipino immigrant, Sol escapes reality with the help of her imagination, but maybe the real world holds more than she gives it credit for.

Title: The Land of Forgotten Girls
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: 2016
Page Number: 299 pgs.

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