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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!

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