YA Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars Describing mental illness to someone who is not mentally ill is probably one of the hardest things to do. It's like that game where you try to explain to an alien how to make a peanut butter sandwich when they don't [...]

Banned Books Week 2017!

It's that time again - Banned Books Week! One of my teens found the idea on Pinterest (of course!) and my amazing assistant surprised me by creating this display for me in the Teen Space, complete with a Passive Program!

Have you heard of Brightly Storytime?

Brightly is a website created by Penguin Random House. I am so grateful to my colleague for sharing it with me! It has some incredible resources and book lists, often with some slightly older titles that I've missed in my orders! They cover all ages - even grownups! I subscribe to their email list and I [...]

A Quistory Lesson with Sarah Prager!

            I recently had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Sarah Prager, author of the awesome new YA nonfiction book, Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World. I can't recommend this book enough. It's an incredible resource to have as a Youth Services Librarian. Please check [...]

The Whole Book Approach Workshop

I had the opportunity to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art recently for a workshop on the Whole Book Approach, a concept created by one of my Simmons' Professors, Megan Dowd Lambert. The workshop was full of librarians, teachers, daycare facilitators and home schooling parents - some from many states away! It [...]

Author Storytime with Anna Staniszewski

We are so, so lucky because a children's bookstore recently opened in our hometown! I am still kind of in shock about it. It's in a beautiful old house and has lots of little rooms and nooks to discover! It's called Enchanted Passage and if you ever are in the area and have a chance [...]

Teen Book Review: Lockwood & Co Series

The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love, love, LOVE this series. It has all the elements of a great (in my opinion) teen novel. Or any novel, really.   1) It's British. Need I say more? 2) It has ghosts. 3) It takes place in modern day, but [...]

Amy Schumer is my BFF (disclaimer: not really)

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Does the fact that my husband tells people my new best friend is Amy Schumer give you any clue as to my feelings about this book? Well, it should. Because she is. JK. Not really, but I honestly felt [...]

YA Book Review ~ The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 5 of 5 stars A perfect ending to an incredible series! I am in love with everything about this series: the characters, the setting, the blend of supernatural with legend and magic. By far one of the best in the YA section and one I always refer [...]

Sunday Quiz

Here's an easy one - I got all of them correct, though a couple almost tripped me up. General children's lit questions. Enjoy! http://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/ForChildren/Childrens-Literature-Trivia-17216.html Cheers,Miss Molly*