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Eric Carle Signing & Meeting Oliver Jeffers!

I have been completely delinquent about posting – ugh. And I still haven’t posted about my trip to BEA! Planning my summer reading program combined with changing over to a new catalog and circulation system = zero extra time.

However – I did have an amazing day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with my friend and co-worker, Ali. As a graduation present for Ali, I planned to take her to the museum for the Eric Carle signing. We were both so excited to meet him! I can’t believe I took classes for my MFA program for 2 years and never met him – I did visit his studio once though. Very cool.

So we met Eric and got some books signed. I had two signed for the library – one will be a summer reading prize for a lucky kid!



But what Ali didn’t know, was that I had some secret inside info about another author/illustrator who was going to be there to meet Eric Carle….Oliver Jeffers! We are both huge fans of all of Jeffer’s amazing picture books (see my paper on on of his books.) So when I told Ali she should buy Oliver Jeffer’s new book and she said she probably should, since she was going to marry him and all, and I said she could propose to him right now since he was standing over there…..the look on her face was priceless! It was pretty funny. So we stalked him for awhile and when he came into the book store (managed by the amazing Eliza Brown) we asked him to sign a few books for us! He was so nice and he signed our books (with little drawings!) and chatted with us. I think we were both walking on air when we left the museum! All in all, a successful day in the life of two children’s room librarians 🙂


I just found this picture on Oliver’s tumblr page 🙂 How cute are they? Click HERE or on the image for more on Oliver Jeffer’s Diary.

Oliver Jeffers & Eric Carle – two incredibly talented guys (

This is my cat Charlie asleep near the books and looking very cute.


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Book Signing with Jo Knowles!

A few weeks ago I received my copy of See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles’ newest novel!


I was so excited because I have been waiting so long to read this book and I was not disappointed. This is an amazing middle grade novel – Jo’s first in this age-level. Her past 3 books have been for teens/YA. Though each of her novel’s is unique, they all have a small piece of her heart within their pages. I was lucky enough to hear her read a few passages at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. Jo always speaks so eloquently and candidly about her writing, and this was no exception. I am so excited to have my copy autographed and it’s has moved up to the “Autographed Copy” shelf  in my bookcase 🙂

And maybe I’m biased after having Jo as my writing professor, but I think this is one of the best middle grade novels so far …..perhaps a Newbery contender? We’ll see!

(my review of See You at Harry’s coming soon via Goodreads)

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Entering Edgartown….

Like many book-ish people, I love independent bookstores. Sadly, these are an endangered species in the book world. There isn’t one close to me that I am aware of, and if I am going to buy a book, I am forced to go to the Big Bad Barnes and Noble. With their evil Starbucks-brewed coffee that tempts me every time! Bad Conglomerate, BAD!

OK, so obviously this is not as painful as it should be. Especially since I LOVE Starbucks coffee. But I guess that’s the point. They are more convenient and able to offer things that the independents can’t.

One of the things I love the most about summer is that I get to spend time on Martha’s Vineyard. I have been going there for years and I know so many of its fantastic places. I know the best iced mocha (Mocha Motts), the best blueberry scones (Espresso Love), the best stores (Black Dog tops the list!), the best coffee-oreo ice cream (Vineyard Scoops) and the best Thanksgiving sandwich (Humphreys.) And so as a Librarian and a lover of books, I of course know the best independent book store, though some may argue with me over this one: Edgartown Books.

Located in downtown Edgartown, this cute bookstore is one of my favorite places to visit while on vacation. And I usually always buy a book here as a matter of habit. Their staff is always friendly, even when dealing with silly tourists. The building is older and has a great front porch to sit on and read or eat ice cream while waiting for friends or family in some store or other. When you first walk in, the stairway greets you with its painted steps, just begging to be climbed. I always head up there, since that’s where the YA books are! The whole place just has this great feel to it. It gives you the feeling that there is a book hiding somewhere on a shelf that will be the best book you’ve ever read. It makes you want to find that perfect beach book because, let’s face it, it’s the reading part that excites you more than the sand and water part! (at least, it is for me.) It has a cute little children’s nook with some great books – as many Island-themed books as can fit and some other classics. It’s just a great store. And I think I like it better in this newer location than the old – which was only a few buildings down the street a ways. Oh, and one of my favorite things about this store? When you buy a book, they put in a paper bookmark with their information on it, as well as a new book quote by someone famous every year. I have begun using them in my email signature for my work email and change it every year to the new one. Also, I use the bookmark all year until I go again and get a new one. Yup, I’m a dork.

Some might argue that Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven is the best independent book store on the island. It’s definitely bigger and I’m sure it has a bigger selection. But for me, it’s the atmosphere that makes Edgartown Books my favorite. Both of these stores are lucky enough to have a high volume of tourist traffic in the summer months. As a matter of fact, I am heading there this weekend – hopefully with my husband and Sasha (our Bernese Mountain Dog) to spend a night or 2. But I am also on secret library business….

Any independent bookstores in the Worcester area I should know about? I miss Tatnuck Booksellers in Worcester!


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