Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Expo America Newbie: Off to Chicago!

I've always wanted to go to BEA.

Unfortunately, BEA is always in New York City in May. Before school is out. I'd have to take. off. work.

Me? No, I just don't take off work.


(1) This year it's in Chicago. My son and his wife live in Chicago.

(2) I've learned that life is short. So, in the words of the wise Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus:

One more time: "Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy!"

So here goes. I'm heading for Chicago on Tuesday night. If you are going to BEA, let me know and I'll look for you. As for me, look for a haggard old librarian who appears startled to be in the big city of Chicago. Oh, and, hopefully, I'll be carrying a huge stack of books....

Can't go to BEA? Join in the fun at Armchair BEA this week! Games, prizes, and lots of book talk!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Library Conference, aka Paradise on Earth

I wasn't sure I was going to make it to the Texas Library Association Conference at all this year. Parts of Houston were hit by fourteen inches of rain early in the week. Would I even be able to drive in?

It looked pretty bad. Not only were there lakes of water around the convention center, but TLA was right in the middle of a huge remodeling project at George R. Brown. Roads closed because of high water. Wading through puddles to get inside. Cranes and jackhammers all over the exhibit hall floor. I sighed.

But once I actually arrived, I began to get into the spirit of a library conference.

There were the usual people in strange costumes. I'm still not sure what Santa was doing there.

A very clever monkey.

 Authors, authors, authors.

The skies cleared up enough for the 29th Annual Fun Run. I took away first place in the walking division.

I got to meet two of my heroes, Teri Lesesne and Donalyn ("The Book Whisperer") Miller. Oh my. They know everything about how to get kids to read and they've published the books to share their ideas. Take a look when you get a moment:  I've Got Research. Yes, I Do. I've Got Research. How About You? (I'm just saying. It ain't leveled books and it ain't worksheets, folks. It pretty much can be described in a single phrase: Let kids loose in a library.)

Did a little laughter yoga.

 I got free copies of books on my wish list.

 Lots of free books from my wish list.

I got my picture taken with celebrities.

And (she says excitedly) I got to read an ARC of the final book in my favorite trilogy that won't be out in print until October. We Found a Hat! (sigh of happiness)

Woo hoo! What a conference!

Child Book Characters Who'd Make For (Wonderfully) Vexatious Adults

A list of child book characters and the qualities they possess that might make for an onerous adulthood.

Henry Huggins

Pippi Longstocking


Tom Sawyer
Lack of work ethic


Fancy Nancy
Creativity, unbound

The Pigeon
Argumentative nature

Tacky the Penguin
Disregard of peer pressure

Little Red Riding Hood
Inability to see danger

No, David
Mischievous spirit

Still, I refuse to condemn these child book characters to a problematic adulthood. Who knows? Perhaps these character traits will serve them well. Could be refreshing, even.  :-)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

In Which I Finish the Perfect Book for Arbor Day, and Twelve Other Good Books

Thank you, Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, for my numbers this week. 

Can you guess which book I started and finished on Arbor Day? Quite happily, I might add.

What I Read Last Week

Lab Girl
Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state.
Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting.
Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book.
Clue 4. No interest in picking up another
Tell Me Three Things
Jessie suddenly finds herself moved from her hometown in Chicago to LA. Her mother died and her father has unexpectedly remarried someone he met online ...more
Sunset City: A Novel
Noir doesn't (apparently) mean what it once did.

I was expecting mystery and I was expecting dark. I got mystery and I got dark.

But not just dark. Black
Pagan's Crusade (Pagan Chronicles, #1)
Pagan Kidrouk turns to the Templar Knights for work as a squire. He's had some trouble and needs their protection. He goes to work for Lord Roland, ...more
Somewhere Among
Ema doesn't fit. She's always felt like she didn't belong anywhere---not in her father's Japanese world or her mother's American world. Now she has a ...more
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie wants to become the greatest fifth grader in the universe. And she's got a plan to obtain greatness. She's got the support of two wonderful...more
Inspector Flytrap and The Big Deal Mysteries
A Venus flytrap (yes, a plant) that solves mysteries with the help of his assistant, a goat.

Inspector Flytrap overcomes the obstacles of being a plant
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda
Picture books. They make my little heart go pitter-patter with joy. Good picture books, that is.

Please, Mr. Panda makes my little heart go swish-swis
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! (Elephant & Piggie)
I could clear my entire primary library of every book except Elephant and Piggie and children would still learn to read.

Or so I sometimes think.

I would
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco (Elephant & Piggie)
I've been crying out, "We need more Elephant-and-Piggie-ish books!"

I've been crying out loudly.

Someone has heard my cries.

Someone has written this
The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
I don't worry about death. I don't think about death. I don't care about death.

Nevertheless, this book is a brilliant book. Whether you care about
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart
I can ask one simple question and your answer will tell me if you will like this book.

Here goes: Do you like Paris?

If you answer yes, you will like it
Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
You can reframe your fifties as the new forties. You can pile on the hair color and Botox and all of the other magical transformative potions. Neverth ...more
Luckiest Girl Alive
This book confirms it: Your high school years, for most of us, are not the best years of your life. For Ani, these years were soul-crushing, and, worse...more

What Arrived Last Week

Another busy week at my mailbox:


I'm still floating from finishing Lab Girl yesterday.
What are you reading today?!

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

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 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open Sign on a Bookstore

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My Top Bookworm Delights

My Little Free Library

Watching kids read in my library

A book festival

Accumulating books

Reading books aloud

A library conference

Favorite books

Meeting favorite authors

A day to just read