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Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

14 Sep


Have you ever read a book that you liked, but it just took you forever to get through? Well, this isn’t one of those books. I read this book in about a 12 hour period and loved every minute of it even when it was tearing out my heart and stomping on it.

An #OwnVoices young adult novel about an Indian-American, Muslim teen facing growing up in the face of Islamophobia. Maya’s wish is to attend film school in New York, while her parents expect her to go to school closer to home and marry a nice Indian boy, settle down and start a family.

But what happens when a terrorist attack occurs by a suspect who happens to have the same last name as Maya? How will her community react to the news and to her family as the only Muslim family in her small town? This story is an important read for teens in today’s world where being different is feared rather than celebrated, where teens have to worry about things far bigger than choosing a college and getting their first kiss. If you read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it stuck with you, this is a must read.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Indian-American Muslim teen Maya wants to go to NYC for film school & is ready to tell her family when a terrorist attack changes everything

Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Page Number: 288 pgs.

Director’s Thoughts #5

25 Jan


As I’ve mentioned in the past, we’re spending this year working on a 3-year strategic plan for our library. We’re starting from the ground up with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, PEST (Political, Economic, Socio-cultural, Technological) analysis and identifying our stakeholders. This project is being done not only by the library board, but also by my department heads as well as any staff who want to participate. I didn’t want to force anyone to participate, but I also didn’t want to work on this HUGE project and at the end of the year hear from my staff that “nobody asked me what I thought.” So I’ve staggered the due dates for each part of this first planning session, we had our fist meeting for anyone who wanted to participate and we’ll have another staff meeting tomorrow as well as a department heads meeting on Thursday.

My staff really surprised me at our first meeting! I had six staff members participate this morning and it was a great discussion and process.  They all had really great and different ideas to share in our SWOT analysis. I can’t wait to combine everyone’s ideas and really get a broader sense of what people see as strengths and weaknesses for our library. And what I’ve been telling my staff, our weaknesses are just opportunities to become strengths!

Search for my library director thoughts posts to get a better sense of how my life has changed since I became a director a few months ago!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/5/16

5 Dec

9969571After posting every day for Picture Book Month, I now have to come up with my own content again! At least today is easy, check out the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter to see what others are reading this week! I always end up adding a bunch of books to my TBR list on Monday.

Having a (not-so) new job has greatly hindered the amount of reading time I have.  I’ve never spent a lot of time reading at work unless it was prepping for a program, but learning the ins and outs of this new job has taken its toll on me.  I get home at night and I’m utterly exhausted (it doesn’t help that it’s pitch black when I get home either), so sadly reading hasn’t been a priority lately.  But, I finally got around to reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I borrowed this book from a friend back in August and I finally got around to reading it this past week – it was super nerdy and awesome! Granted, it would have probably been even more awesome if I was about 5 years older or had played video games in my youth, but even with those factors, I still really enjoyed it. This is one of those books you can give a gamer and almost guarantee they’ll love!

This upcoming week, I have a few days off (trying to use up my vacation days before the end of the year), so hopefully I’ll have a little more time to read! I’ve got The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly at the top of my TBR pile this week which I’m really excited to get into and I’ve placed a bunch of stuff on hold, we’ll see what shows up on my desk at work!


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.

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Call of Duty)

11 Aug

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Call of Duty (Mature)

photoCall of Duty is a first-person shooter video game with a number of games in the franchise. The original game sequences started as a World War II story that combines infantry and arms warfare as you follow soldiers from the perspective of a variety of soldiers.  As the games have progressed,  The Modern Warfare story arc has moved into the modern era with modern equipment and new features to explore.  Now, moving into the future, Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare will be released in November as players are now looking to colonies in outer space as Earth has become overpopulated and stripped of all natural resources.  Although there have been changes to the game since its inception in 2003, this is one of the popular and long-standing videogames on the market.  Books chosen for this category are looking closely at the new games in this system with futuristic, science fiction titles on this list.

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow
Marcus is a whiz on computers and thinks he know how it all works, that is until the Department of Homeland Security whisks him away to a secret prison where he is interrogated for days following a terrorist attack on San Francisco.  For Marcus, it was all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when he is finally released from prison, the city is completely different – being operated as a police state with suspicion growing.  So Marcus does the only thing he knows – he takes to the online world to share his story and take down DHS.
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
A fast paced series how only James Patterson knows how, is about a group of six kids running for their lives with no homes or families to run to.  What’s more, the kids are genetically engineered and have the ability to fly, but now someone or something is after them, but without answers to the many questions they have, how will they survive and who will the trust?
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
What happens when technology takes over the world?  You’ll find out in this thriller – a few people notice in the months leading up to the Zero Hour that technology has a had a few glitches, but it’s not until Archos, a massively powerful artificial intelligence machine takes over the global networks that the human race must come together to save themselves.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

 Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service at the spur of the moment, but as he learns about what it takes to be a soldier, he is determined to become a trooper.  But when war comes as it does eventually, Juan Rico must learn the reason why he’s become a soldier after knowing the how.  Battle scenes and high-tech weapons abound, but the story’s true bread and butter comes down to the people and the politics behind war.

World War Z by Max Brooks
A different take on a zombie apocalypse, this story tells the first-hand accounts of survivors of the Zombie War as Max Brooks travels from cities where thousands of people use to live to the far reaches of the planet to ensure that these stories survive, even if no one else does.

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