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#blogbookaday: Hug This Book!

9 Apr

Hug This Book.jpgSummary:  “An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love

You can spin and twirl and dance with this book.
You can listen while someone else reads it.
You can take your book to lunch.
Just do not try to feed it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A book filled with all the great things you can do with books! It’s the perfect story for a family or class that loves books. With limited text and five colors in the bright swatches of colors across the page – this is a fun and visually appealing book to read. I really enjoy illustrators who are playing with a way to mix traditional and digital design together to create amazing art.

Personal Reaction: I wanted to hug this book when I was done with it! It’s an adorable story about loving books so much and sharing them with the people (and animals) around you! If you were doing a storytime or read aloud about books or the library, I would definitely include this title.

Title: Hug This Book!
Author: Barney Saltzberg
Illustrator: Fred Benaglia
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: October 24, 2016

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Blogging From A to Z Challenge

30 Mar


This is my third year participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and I’m so happy I am finally writing this post – just under the wire as the AtoZ Challenge begins April 1st. Take a look at my first year’s theme – Storytime Plans from A to Z with books, rhymes and songs for a theme for each letter of the alphabet and last year’s theme – Leadership Traits.

My theme this year will be Library Program Planning from A to Z, so for each letter, I’ll describe a program that will hopefully inspire you to try at your own library, classroom or at home!

I’m excited to share more about the programming we do at our library and hopefully will be able to get a chance to connect with a lot of other bloggers working on the challenge as well. Every blogger can choose their own theme (or no theme at all) so it’s always interesting to see what others post! If you’re interested in more about the A to Z Challenge, I challenge you to check out their website!

Director’s Thoughts #16 – When You Need a Pick-Me-Up

14 Mar

directorsDo you ever feel like you’re trying to make changes and you’re stuck in the mud? Or that things just aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like in regards to a work project? Or maybe you just feel like you need a vacation? It can make you feel defeated, tired and just plain ready to hide in a hole for a little while. These feelings aren’t quite burnout; when you’d rather do anything else than what you’re currently doing, but they do need to be recognized and as a director, it’s important to find ways to bounce back and regain your energy.

Here’s a few things that I do to relax, re-energize and get my head back in the game:

  1. Exercise
    I’m trying to make a point of exercising regularly, but even just taking the dog for a walk when I get home from work gives me a few minutes to let the stress of work go and focus on me. It’s amazing what a walk around the block can do!
  2. Read for fun
    I read a lot for my blog and sometimes feel inundated with the amount of reading I “have” to do. And that’s when I pull out something just because – my go-to is often Nora Roberts – easy romance that doesn’t require a lot of thought but is fun to read and is often something I’ll get fully immersed in, even if it’s just for a little bit.
  3. Review accomplishments
    Sometimes it’s good to write up a list of what has been accomplished instead of just focusing on what still needs to happen. I don’t do this often enough, but when I step back from the to-do list, I’m always pleasantly surprised by what I’ve been able to do.
  4. Spend some time with friends
    There are nights when the last thing I want to do is go out with friends – I’m tired from putting out fires all day, I’ve been dealing with small problems, big problems and people and all I want to do is throw on my pajamas and relax, but when I push myself to spend time with friends, it always feels good and re-centers me.
  5. Create an inspiration folder
    I have one of these folders and it comes in handy! Create a folder of thank you notes, words of encouragement, little stories of how you’ve made a difference, inspirational quotes – whatever you need to make you smile. I’m not a director because I like making decisions (although I do), or fixing everyone’s problems, or being in charge – I’m a director because I want to make a difference in my community and seeing those uplifting messages is always helpful.
  6. Connect with colleagues over social media
    I’ve met some amazing readers, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishing folk and friends through my blog and other social media outlets and although I don’t know many of these people in person, they always help put things into perspective and are ready to cheer me on or cheer me up when I need it.

What do you do when you need to re-energize?

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