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YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Snow Day!

9 Feb


We have a snow day today! And it’s the perfect timing – I’ve had a rough couple of days and without going into a lot of details, work has been absolutely crazy and stressful, so I’m planning to spend my snow day with a pile of books, a cozy sweatshirt and a warm cup of tea! I’ve got another Black History Month booklist to pull together for tomorrow and some other blog posts I want to work on and since I won’t be at work today, I’ll definitely have some time to spend working on my blog today. See you tomorrow!

Mini-Vacation & Reflections

19 Aug

We’re on our way to Michigan this morning, having stopped overnight at my parents’ home in western PA for a quick overnight visit. We’re heading out for a surprise birthday party and to spend some time with good friends and their new baby! 

I’m so ready for a long weekend after my first official week as the director (while still working as the children’s librarian until we replace me). So I’m working two jobs – trying to get ready as our current director’s last day is today and I’ll be in charge when I get back to work on Tuesday.

My week consisted of meetings, meetings and more meetings, writing everything down so that hopefully I have notes to refer to as I need them. I’m also continuing to work my desk hours which meant that meetings began at 9:00am the other day and I was on the desk until 9:00pm… a very long day. By 5 o’clock yesterday, I was so ready for a break.

But, our trip across the state really helped me to relax as we chased the sunset through the Appalacian mountains with a beautiful sky filled with oranges, pinks, purples and blues. I love how nature’s beauty is all around if you only remember to look for it. I’ll be back to work on Tuesday, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to start my first week on my own as the director.


30 Jul

It’s been a crazy summer so far and we still have a few weeks left of summer reading,so I’m taking a little break “down the shore” (as they say in the Philly-area) this weekend! Hopefully to get some reading done! See you Monday!

25 Summer Reads from Picture Books to YA Novels

21 Jul

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  1. The Raft by Jim LaMarche
  2. Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  3. Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
  4. To the Beach by Linda Ashman
  5. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  6. Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
  7. Pool by Chi-hyŏn Yi
  8. One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre
  9. Beach by Elisha Cooper
  10. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  11. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
  12. The Fmaily FLetcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy
  13. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  14. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  15. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  16. Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

    by Xavier Garza

  17. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  18. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  19. This First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone
  20. Summerlost by Ally Condie
  21. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  22. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  23. We Were Liars by e. lockhart
  24. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  25. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
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