Gift Book Review ~ Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

I bought this for my cousin's almost-seven-year-old daughter for Christmas and I just had to share how cool this book is! It's like a journal, but even more fun because each page asks you different questions about yourself and you fill in the answers, either by writing them or by drawing a picture. It's a [...]

Fun, Easy & Inexpensive Teen Programming: Decorating the Teen Space!

One of the "perks" of being on the Teen Advisory Board at my library is getting to set up displays and decorating in the Teen Space, especially for holidays. I usually make it part of a regular meeting or schedule a "special" meeting to decorate. In the past few years, the teens have made a [...]

Happy (Late) Thanksgiving!

I had to share this amazing centerpiece made by my mom (who also cleaned and cooked an entire dinner on Thanksgiving !) She is also a librarian - we are very good at multi-tasking. (This is obviously a Pinterest idea, but I don't know where it came from!)

Election Day in the Children’s Room

It wasn't even close, with Pigeon winning in an overwhelming 2 to 1 victory over Pete the Cat. Pigeon, amusing, outspoken and often times devious, was not really taken seriously as a candidate for president. Pete the Cat - known for sage advice in his "Groovy Guides" to life and love, was thought to be [...]

Tearable Puns and Other Passive Teen Programs

When I do my monthly attendance figures, children's program attendance is always much larger than my teen attendance. Of course, programs for kids are usually well-attended, so we have lots of those. Teen programs, not so much. I tend to have less teen programs because of low attendance or none at all. This past month, [...]

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 [...]

“They’re here….”: Teens in the Library

Yesterday I attended the 8th Annual Teen Summit in Worcester, MA. As always, I was very impressed with the speakers and with the incredible organization of the entire thing by MLS staff. Apparently there was a record attendance this year, which just goes to show how many libraries / librarians are interested in learning how [...]

There’s No “I” In Library….wait, yes there is…

I started out my library career as a Library Tech, or Library Page, as we call them at our library. I was briefly a Story Time Coordinator, and then some other made up position - Associate Librarian, maybe? And then the Library I worked at finally managed to create a Children's Librarian position and that [...]

Here I Go Again!

How is it my last post was 3 years ago? Time sure does fly when you aren't sleeping/have a baby/have a full-time job/are just trying to get through the day. Not a good excuse though. My life has changed so much in the last few years and my priorities have changed. I have an almost-two-year-old [...]