Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sunday Quiz

Long overdue Sunday Quiz……

Who were you in a past life?


Jane Austen

the answer was kind of obvious, but all in all I am happy with the result 🙂

You were very smart, and wrote some of the most famous novels of all time.

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Tween Book Club

This week we had our book club meeting and we had a great discussion about Cynthia Lord’s Newbery Award winning novel Rules.

I had 2 girls and 2 boys and one mom. The mom is awesome. She brings her 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son. They all read the book – sometimes their dad comes too! And they always volunteer to bring snacks – a Youth Librarian’s dream come true! They always have thoughtful comments. Even their son, who mostly comes for the snacks, will make a comment now and then to prove he read the book and got it and is actually paying attention to what we are talking about. I try to find questions and discussion guides online when I can. Sometimes there are activities, which the kids really like.

For this meeting, we discussed the book for about half and hour. They liked the book a lot and had some great insights. I love it when they really get something. It’s also interesting to hear their interpretation of the book. Sometimes I want to bring up all these themes and meanings, but I have to hold my tongue and let them do it. I usually try to pick out a few things to talk about in case the conversation lags. For the second half, they used two activity sheets from the first PDF link below and drew pictures to go with the words for “Jason’s” speech cards. While they drew, we talked about different ideas of how to visualize the words and a little more about the book. Snacks were goldfish (like on the cover – “No toys in the fish tank!”) and capri sun – always a classic. Next month we are discussing Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. I tried to pick something short since the first month back to school can be a bit overwhelming. Currently trying to find a good “scary-ish, mystery-type” book for October. I usually do books in the 9-12 age range. I would welcome any suggestions!


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Sherman Alexie’s reply to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s ridiculously ignorant article about YA literature. If you haven’t read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian then you need to immediately. It’s an incredible book.

If you have read Gurdon’s article and thought something along the lines of “she might just have a point there” then please, please, stop reading this blog.

Click the link below for the WSJ article:

Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood

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Library Puppet Show

So cute – just found this on my phone 🙂

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~YA Book Review~

Goat GirlsGoat Girls by Francesca Lia Block

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Weetzie Bat a few years ago for grad school and loved it. I may have loved this even more. It’s not so much a story, as a dream that you can feel, taste, smell and hear. The characters sparkle with life with just a few perfect words and gestures. Weetzie’s two daughters, Cherokee (her real daughter) and Witch Baby (her almost-daughter) are children and teens in the two stories that make up Goat Girls. The two tales are about growing up and discovering who you are. It’s feathers and love and friendship and beauty. I could easily get lost in their world of surfing, music, Native American lore, forgotten Hollywood, and slinkster-cool parties….and never return.

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Animal Adventures!

This is my all-time favorite program that I look forward to every year! (I hope other people do too!)

Animal Adventures from Bolton, MA puts on a fabulous presentation. They are great with kids of all ages and they try to let as many kids touch all the animals as possible. They rescue exotic and domestic animals from various places, many of which were pets that people gave up or “got bored with” at some point. It’s a family-run place and everyone helps out – right down to the little ones 🙂 Some of the animals even live in the house with the family! Love it. I never balk at paying for their programs because I know it all goes into helping to run their sanctuary. I’m currently considering adopting a chinchilla from them…..hmmmm…

Here are some pics!

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Adult Book Review (not “adult” in the way you are thinking) and other things you may not care much about…..

Today I woke up at around 7:30 am and let the dog out. Then I went back to sleep. Then I woke up, checked to make sure the dog was still alive and started reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. I finished it a while ago, between going to the Paxton Market (which is a convenience store, deli, liquor store and Post Office, though my husband and I are convinced this last part is a lie and use the one in the next town over) to get eggs and a Sunday paper (so I can clip coupons later, not so I can read up on important issues the world is currently facing) and cleaning the litter boxes, making a BLT sandwich, showering, making another BLT sandwich and putting in a load of laundry. And if you’ve lost track of where this sentence was going, Bossypants was GREAT. I was laughing out loud and sounded a bit crazy doing it, so you know it was good.

It was also nice to read a book for adults that was not about vampires, werewolves, or how to deal with difficult co-workers. (The latter of which seems great while you are reading it, but completely useless in real life when you are afraid you’ll be stabbed in your office and left for dead if you even attempt any of the suggested methods.)

As I will be 30 next month, I try to throw in a good, sarcastic adult book every now and then to keep me grounded in reality. Tina is honest to the point that gives you that fluttery, nauseous, cresting-the-top-of-the-old-carnival-roller-coaster-and-I-can-feel-my-food-digesting-TOO-quickly feeling, but then relaxed again because you remember that it’s Tina Fey, and she’s just awesome. I loved her before this book and I love her even more now after reading it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have a crush on her.

There were several things on my “To Do” list today – I love making lists and checking off the things I did. In fact, I will sometimes add things I have ALREADY done, and then check them off just to make myself feel more productive. After this I will probably add “Read Tina Fey’s book in one day” (because my co-worker is reading it on her lunch breaks at work and I have to give it back tomorrow) and “write a review/random blog post about said book” and then check them off. Possibly I will also add “eat 2 BLT sandwiches” because it will sound better if it was something I was supposed to do.

What I probably should be doing is vacuuming up the black dog hair that is everywhere – including the bathroom ceiling, which I cannot even begin to explain.

Blogging is so weird. I feel like I am baring my soul in this exhibitionist way. Which is the point, I guess. Tina just did it. Except she had editors.

I would like to end with this quote from the book:

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” ~ Tina Fey, Bossypants

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