From the American Library Association:
“National Library Week (April 14 – 20, 2013) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.
This year’s theme is “Communities matter @ your library,” reminding all Americans that the library can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world through collections, digital resources and more.”
I have been a life-long library user, even when I left my home state for college. In fact, for the four years that I lived in Washington, DC I had a local drivers license just so that I could get a public library card. I eventually took a very long and winding road back to the library world as a librarian and I love it! Despite my compulsive need to buy books, the majority of my reading, listening, and viewing materials still come from the public library.
I have had so much fun is my position as Teen Librarian. My favorite parts of my job are planning programs and ordering books. Over the past four years I think I have planned some pretty cool things. I have been allowed to host a zombie walk, a library lock-in, a cornhole tournament, an author visit, and numerous craft programs. The library has offered babysitting courses, practice ACT and SAT tests, and financial literacy programs. We resurrected the book club and Teen Advisory Group. I started this blog. I have been inspired and amazed by some pretty awesome teens and while it’s not all sunshine and roses, the good stuff always outweighs the challenges. The shameless gushing about how cool my job and library are is over for now so it’s time to check in with my favorite Monday meme hosts, Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
I finally finished Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! It was, wow. Just wow. I was concerned about the whole love triangle nonsense (Team Jem here), but it was resolved beautifully. Also, there were lots of tears. Based on a recommendation from a patron (I actually love when that happens) I picked up the beginning of the Agatha Heterodyne series. I will definitely continue with this fun steampunk series and look into adding it to my library’s collection. Finally, I devoured Boxers, a new graphic novel from Gene Luen Yang, due out in September of this year.
I continue to lag far behind on my Goodreads reading goal, so this week I am going to focus on finishing some of the books that I have started. Lost Stories, Little Women, and Fearless Fourteen, I am lookin’ at you!
I do have a couple of e-galleys that I would like to work on as well:
I am sure I will zip through Saints, the companion to Boxers. I also have The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau to start. I think this is enough. I need to quit dragging my heels and get caught up!