Read What You Know

Youth Services Manager specializing in preschoolers and teens.

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Weekly Link Round-Up

Sunday, 5/8 — “Royal Reads” @ Book Blather

A post containing mini-reviews of the princess books I read prior to the royal wedding, as well as a mini-booklist of other royal reads.

Monday, 5/9 — “Green Storytime” @ Storytime Katie

The fourth in my color series for my weekly daycare storytime.

Tuesday, 5/10 — “On Building a Teen Non-Fiction Collection” @ Book Blather

I wrote a post all about my efforts to try and revamp my library’s teen non-fiction collection over the past few years.

Wednesday, 5/11 — “Play and Pretend!” @ Storytime Katie

Regular weekly storytime, this time with books on play and pretend. Includes some of my very faves: “Knuffle Bunny” and “Not a Stick!” among others.

I took Thursday off. Heh.

Friday, 5/13 — “Olivia Storytime” @ ALSC Blog

Friday, 5/13 — “Flannel Friday: Olivia” @ Storytime Katie

Since it was time for my monthly ALSC post and it was also Flannel Friday, I tied the two posts together and focused both on my recent Olivia storytime.

I’ll be back next week with another round-up of my posts. And hopefully I’ll squeeze in a post on the Tumblr other than that, haha.

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Teen Volunteers: Why I Want to Volunteer

I make my teens write why they want to volunteer on their apps. Here’s some gems:

"I would like to volunteer because I have a lot of free time. I would also like to volunteer because I like to help out and I like to be here. :D" - Evelyn

"I want to volunteer because I love to help people and I love to help the community every way I can." - Brenda

"I have a lot of free time and I am willing to help out this whole summer vacation." - Alejandra

"I love being at the library, mainly because there is nothing to do at home and my mom kicks me out of the house every now and then to send me to the library." - Dulce

"I would like to be a volunteer because I like books and helping little kids or even teenagers see how awesome books are and reading is and how you get rewarded as time goes by. Now prizes, later in life, more money and better jobs. :D" - AnaMaria

"Because I like volunteering and helping kids." - Alondra

"Because last year I enjoyed volunteering. It was fun." - Juan

Awww, teens, I love you.

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We did Life-Sized Candyland this past week for the K-3rd graders. (Although, I had a lot of older siblings and some younger ones that couldn’t resist playing as a “team.”)

Basic Stats: 26 kids, 5 adults, cost of program — $12.(I bought the styrofoam discs and wooden dowels to make the lollipops. Everything else was on hand at the library or borrowed from staff members’ Christmas decorations.)

This was a HUGE success.

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My fairy tale display that I did this past month up in the YA section. I am in love with this display and so are all my teens!

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It’s been a quiet few weeks on my Tumblr, but a BUSY few weeks at the library. In the past few weeks, I’ve done EIGHT programs. (I am tired, but SO very happy.)

But today is Operation Teen Book Drop!! I made three drop points in and around the library. (My third drop points has my Teen Craft participants in it, fighting over the books, so I can’t post pictures of it.) Find out more information here.

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This our library’s display for Snapshot Day! The adult department handled the signs (except for the “Bunny Stories” one which I insisted on doing myself), and the youth department made the AWESOME AWE-INSPIRING 3D camera on top. I am so proud of my department.

[And for those who don’t know — Snapshot Day is an Illinois library initiative for libraries to record their days by taking pictures and hosting programs, basically advocating for library services. You can find out more information about it, if you want to, here.]

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We love Kelly Day!

So, our dear friend Kelly of Stacked has been going through SUCH a rough time because of Wisconsin politics, we desperately wanted to do something to cheer her up.

I first got to know Kelly when we followed each other on Twitter. This fall, she had to take over storytime and sent out a call for help. I emailed her some files about storytime and we bonded over our mutual love of my friend Sarah’s storytime blog.

We met at ALA Annual this year, and Kelly is just as amazing in person as she is online. She is so passionate about teens and books, and she is such an inspiration. I know how valued she is in her community by her patrons (especially her sweet storytime kids and her amazing teen volunteers and book club members). So, help us in sending Kelly some love this week!

How my kids and teens show me love at work is by giving coloring pages to me. I had to do the same for Kelly!

Love,
Abby of Abby the Librarian 
Angie of Fat Girl, Reading
Drea of Book Blather
Jen and Kim (who co-blog with Kelly at Stacked)
Sarah of GreenBeanTeenQueen
Sarah of YA Librarian Tales
and me!

(Also, if you want the Kelly coloring page, I would be happy to email it to you!)

We love Kelly Day!

So, our dear friend Kelly of Stacked has been going through SUCH a rough time because of Wisconsin politics, we desperately wanted to do something to cheer her up.

I first got to know Kelly when we followed each other on Twitter. This fall, she had to take over storytime and sent out a call for help. I emailed her some files about storytime and we bonded over our mutual love of my friend Sarah’s storytime blog.

We met at ALA Annual this year, and Kelly is just as amazing in person as she is online. She is so passionate about teens and books, and she is such an inspiration. I know how valued she is in her community by her patrons (especially her sweet storytime kids and her amazing teen volunteers and book club members). So, help us in sending Kelly some love this week!

How my kids and teens show me love at work is by giving coloring pages to me. I had to do the same for Kelly!

Love,

Abby of Abby the Librarian

Angie of Fat Girl, Reading

Drea of Book Blather

Jen and Kim (who co-blog with Kelly at Stacked)

Sarah of GreenBeanTeenQueen

Sarah of YA Librarian Tales

and me!

(Also, if you want the Kelly coloring page, I would be happy to email it to you!)

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My amazing Teen Book Club decided during our discussion of E. Lockhart’s amazing book, “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” that they wanted to describe her in one way (or…almost one word) and make a bookmark to advertise the book. These are their words. (And the bookmark I made and put in the library’s copy of Frankie — just returned tonight.

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Reference Questions: What Did They Mean?

Because it’s a relatively slow Saturday at the library — here is exactly what happened in terms of reference questions.

1. “Do you have books about dead teachers?” [After a pretty long reference interview, I established some more facts: teacher might have been hidden under the desk, book is definitely for kids. Patron cannot remember title, author, color of book cover, any character names…I am stumped. I offer “My Weird School” and “Wayside Stories” thinking that there might be something akin to this in those books.]

2. “I need help finding books about the sun.” [And that’s exactly what he needed. Checked out four books.]

3. “Do you have books on World War II?” [Patron didn’t have anything specific in his request, so I asked if he had a topic. He didn’t; just wanted the section. Showed him the section, told him if he had a more specific request to come back and ask because I could find it for him. Ten minutes later, he wanted books about World War II weaponry. Checked out three books. (Win!)]

4. “I need help with my homework.” [Patron needed a before, during, and after picture of the Great Chicago Fire. After I finished that, she asked to see where the books were. Another two books checked.]

5. “Do you have the book Short Life of Bree?” [Immediately knew she meant “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” by Stephenie Meyer. And I had hoped that the Twilight trend was over. Boo.]

6. “Where are the books on Venezuela?” [Simple, direct, the best kind of reference question.]

7. “Do you have books about the heart?” [Patron actually needed books about the heart and the circulatory system, specifically about heart rate and monitoring it. We checked the indexes of several books before finding a few that were perfect.

8. “Do you have any Halloween books?” [Young patron, so started off with asking if it was a true book or a story book. Story book. Showed her our holiday section, as well as the holiday sticker (the only genre-ing we do!) to help her find it. Then, she asks for a book about two monsters. She couldn’t remember anything about the monsters, so I wound up showing her Ed Emberley’s books. Then, she told me that it was for school because her teacher lost her copy and needs it for the class on Monday. After a long story about the first time the teacher read it, it is revealed that one of the monsters is “the green guy with the things on his head.” After showing her all the Frankenstein books, she tells me that a vampire was there too. I wind up searching “Frankenstein, vampire, picture book” in Google and I got “Dracula and Frankenstein Are Friends.” It’s her book, and we have it. She immediately checks it out, as well as the Emberley books! Five books total.]

Characters Asked for: Barney, Dora, Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, Spongebob, Babymouse, Bad Kitty, Justin Bieber (what? he counts as a character!), Elephant and Piggie.

Movies requested: “The Princess Diaries,” “The Princess Diaries 2,” “Iron Man 2,” “Charlotte’s Web.”

In short, a pretty slow day for my department, but I’m pretty proud of the Dracula and Frankenstein victory. Still don’t know what the patron with the dead teacher requested wanted…

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ALA Elections

Since elections started yesterday, and I’ve already heard of some ballots being received today, I figured I better go ahead and tell you about my friends who are running for positions!

Printz Committee

Sarah Bean Thompson

(@greenbeanblog // GreenBeanTeenQueen)

I’ve known Sarah for years now. We first starting talking online back in 2009, and finally met up at ALA’s Annual Conference in 2010. Sarah is incredibly dedicated to YA teens and books, and I have absolutely no doubt in mind that she would refresh and revitalize the Printz Committee with her passion and dedication. And if you’re still not convinced, Sarah also wrote up a little introduction if you don’t already know her!

-Who are you?    I’m Sarah and I blog at GreenBeanTeenQueen. In addition to blogging I work as a young adult librarian. I get to create and run programs, talk to teens, share great books, make booklists and displays-it’s pretty awesome!

-Why should you be on the Printz Commitee?

   I really believe in the power of books. I love books! In fact my first word was ‘book’ - (not kidding!)  I think books can change lives, they can take you to new places, they can help you explore things you might not otherwise, and they can be a way to help you deal with life or can be a way to relax.  I think award books can and need to be all of these things.  As a committee member, it’s your job to seek out the best books for young adults. This is not only to promote YA to adults, but to promote YA to teens themselves.  I want to find the best example of YA that says “this is why YA is written.” I want to find a book that reflects the power of books and reflects why it is I am proud to work as a young adult librarian.  I want to find a book that not only has librarians reading and talking about it but has teens reading and talking about it.  The Printz committee is a way to share the best books for young adults and choose what books will be a representation of the young adult genre as well as young adult librarianship. And I want to pick books that we can all be proud of.   

Excellence in Non-Fiction

Angie Manfredi

(@misskubelik // Fat Girl, Reading)

Jen Rothschild

(@kidsilkhaze // Biblio File & Library Noise)

Another case of knowing both these fabulous women online (though…I mostly just stalked their blogs), and finally meeting them at ALA Midwinter in San Diego this year. I adore both of their blogs and they both have INCREDIBLE experience in judging books for committee work. (Angie just finished the Morris Committee this past year among a myriad of other accomplishments, and Jen judged three years of the CYBILS in the non-fiction category.)

Jen wrote an excellent post about her candidacy, which I am stealing a paragraph from:

"This is an exciting time to be a fan of nonfiction for young adults. In the last few years we’ve seen an explosion of titles coming out— both original work and young reader editions of adult titles. As with any publishing boom, there exists considerable variation in the quality of titles coming out. I am excited about the opportunity to serve YALSA and help honor the best titles for teens in this field. Long time readers of this blog know that I am a voracious reader, not only in terms of quantity but also genre and age-range. I love reading broadly in a field to help pick out the best titles. I love discussing and debating titles with other people just as passionate about this as I am. I feel my professional, educational, and life experience will make me a valuable asset to this committee."

And I am assured that Angie is working on her post — which I will also link up to once it goes live.

So, now you know who I’m voting for. Keep an eye out for election ballots to appear in your email!

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