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Review: 20 Boy Summer

Spring Break is a wonderful time to read books beyond what I need to meet the daily needs of my middle-schoolers. I’m tackling this pile of more mature titles and books for high schoolers. Enter in Sarah Ockler’s 20 Boy Summer which will be released in hardcover June, 2009 (Little Brown & Co., ISBN 978-0-316-05159-0, [...]

Why I can’t finish my review of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

I finally sat down to read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Houghton Mifflin, February, 2009. ISBN: 9780152063849, $17). I’d been waiting for a good weekend to just relax and enjoy a fantasy title for high schoolers. I loved this great vampire title about a high school girl who discovers she [...]

New Rule: No Reading while walking

Reading can be dangerous. Particularly when you are walking on the edge of a sidewalk. Note to self: badly spraining foot and ankle right before Spring Break is NOT good planning. Did I really want to spend the next 3 days in bed?  I spent today home, but tomorrow is inservice and I "need" to [...]

Art in Nashville – what’s fun?

So many artists, so little time. So much to see. I wanted to share some of my favorites from Saturday’s Art Crawl in Nashville. I apologize to everyone I am neglecting tonight. I’ll try to do better next month. Studio83 managed by Daniel Hawks fills quickly because they offer such a variety of work, some intriguing, [...]

Are librarians boring?

I don’t think so, but apparently others may. Even one of my favorite adult mystery writers – Diane Mott Davidson – let me down recently with her portrayal of a public librarian in Sweet Revenge. I discovered a copy on sale last weekend and couldn’t wait to curl up to read, savor recipes, dream of [...]

Bringing Nice Back – or – The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein

Take a Master’s level Children’s Literature class and there are two words that you immediately remove from your vocabulary – NICE and CUTE. After 20 years of no usage, I decided to try out "nice" again. This was triggered in great part by David Ezra Stein’s newest creation The Nice Book. (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [...]

Saluting Mrs. Robertson and Service Awards

Meet Deborah Robertson, library clerk at JFK in Nashville, TN. Deborah has served as an assistant in our district for over 37 years. Last week she received her "35 year" service award. It was placed in her mailbox. No pomp. No ceremony. No personal thank you from anyone in charge. Hopefully the gift will reflect the [...]

A resolution that I haven’t known how to share

One Friday afternoon I returned home to find a large envelope waiting on my sofa. Inside was such a surprise and I didn’t know how to share it with anyone. When I showed it to my sons, they simply said, "That’s BIG!" but I think they were talking about the size and not the significance. I [...]