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Friday, January 23, 2015


Kid: "Will you still be a librarian after you get married?
Me: "Yes."
Kid: "You won't stay home and take care of the children?"
Me: "I don't have any children."
Kid: "But you will!"
Me: "Maybe, maybe not."
Kid: "You can take care of them during the day and then come to the library
to do the night work."
Well, looks like THAT'S sorted. Who says you can't have it all?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Edward Gets an Illustrator!

Hey, guys! I just want to share some quick (and AWESOME) news!

Some of you may know that I wrote a picture book manuscript called Edward Gets Messy and, with the hard work of my wonderful agent Brooks Sherman, sold it to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers this past June. The book is slated to be published in the summer of 2016. To me, this sort of feels like it's a million years away...BUT an important step in the process has been taken!

I'm honored and excited to tell you that Olga Stern has been signed to illustrate Edward! I adore her artwork (it's certainly better than mine) and I can't wait to see what she creates for this little story. 

I'll be sure to share more updates as they arise. Thank you to Olga, to Brooks, to Kristin Ostby (my editor at S&S), and to everyone else who has supported this project along the way.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Library List

Found this list in the library. I'm not sure what it's for, exactly, but I HOPE it's for a party, and I hope that I'm invited.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Who is Paul McCartney? (Library Kid Edition)

I've been seeing a lot of weirdness on the internet today about how society is "doomed"
because young people don't know who Paul McCartney is (which seems to be stemming from this tongue-in-cheek article). It appears that people are even
trolling mentions of McCartney on Twitter and questioning the intelligence
of anyone who does not know who he is or who says that he's maybe not relevant to kids today or even JOKES about it.
I got a little curious myself, so for fun, I did a quick, informal, totally unscientific poll of some of the kids currently hanging out in my library on this slow-ish, rainy Saturday.
To two tween girls:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One of the girls: "I've heard of him."
Me: "Do you know what he does?"
Girl: "No."
(Fair enough.)
To two tween boys:
Me: "Do you know who Paul McCartney is?"
One boy made a weird "I have no idea" face and the other said "He's an author, I think?"
(Close enough?)
To a group of four teen/tween girls:
Me: "Do you guys know who Paul McCartney is?"
Three of them shook their heads, but one said yes, so I asked her to elaborate and she said (VERBATIM):
"He's some singer. And he's old."
(In fairness, both are true.)
In conclusion: WHO CARES? I love the Beatles myself, but this is not a signal of doom. It's not really a signal of anything except the fact that time moves on for everything. Times change, tastes change, kids get new musical heroes, and that's okay. At the very least, stop (seriously, anyway) fighting on Twitter about it and harassing random people. I think we need to just *let it be, everyone.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Math Problems

A kid wrote this in frustration while I was helping her with her homework. I completely understand the sentiment, kid.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just want to leave this link from Book Riot on here in case you have the means to help the Ferguson Library's extraordinary efforts:

How To Support The Ferguson Library

Thank you to whomever has already shared this link. Be good to each other.

Friday, November 7, 2014

To Amuse a Librarian

Last night I was talking with a tween (her 8-year-old sister standing nearby) about books she will probably have to read for high school, and I said that she'd probably be assigned To Kill A Mockingbird.

Her sister looks at me, a shocked expression on her face, and says "To KILL a Mockingbird?? Is that a horror book?"

The tween rolls her eyes and says, "Noooooo, dummy. It's from the Hunger Games series."

So close, kids. So close.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

When you walk over to the kid's catalog computer and it's like:



Friday, October 10, 2014

Literary Moments of the Golden Girls (The Library List)

A couple of weeks ago I published a piece on Book Riot called "Literary Moments of the Golden Girls: A Complete List." I don't want to overstate things here, but (like I said on Twitter), I think it might be the most important thing I have ever written or will ever write.

Below are just the library references I pulled for the post, but I encourage you to read the whole thing. It was a lot of fun to put together...and the girls were surprisingly literary! 

And if you doubt my undying love for The Golden Girls, here's a picture my friend Brian made for me five years ago in which I get to be Blanche. Truly, a dream come true. 



S1E10: “The Heart Attack”
Picture it: Sophia is having chest pains and the girls talk as they wait for an ambulance.
Rose: “There shouldn’t be heart attacks. Or cancer, or anything like that. There should just be a certain age when you have to turn your life in, like a library book.”
Literary Reference: libraries
S2E4: “It’s a Miserable Life”
Picture it: Rose tells one of her infamous St. Olaf stories about Mr. Minky, her town’s surly librarian.
Rose: “One summer, I worked up enough nerve to check out the latest Nancy Drew mystery and Mr. Minky was stamping my book and his tie got caught in the stamping machine. He’d have choked to death if I hadn’t cut his tie with my Girl Scout knife. Well, he was so overwhelmed with gratitude he let me check my book out for a whole week!”
Blanche: “What’s so special about that?”
Rose: “Oh, usually he’d only let you check your book out for an hour. Mr. Minky always said ‘Books belong in a library.'”
Dorothy: “Really, Rose. I always thought Churchill said that at YALTA.”
Literary Reference: the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene; libraries
S4E4: “Yokel Hero”
Picture it: Rose is nominated for St. Olaf’s Woman of the Year
Rose: “Last year Gretchen Lillyhammer won for running into the burning library and saving all the books!”
Blanche: “That is amazing, how’d she do that?”
Rose: “She took two books in one hand and one in the other and ran like the Dickens.”
Dorothy: “Your library only has three books? What happens when a person’s read them all?”
Rose: “I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Literary References: libraries, Charles Dickens

S6E11: “Stand By Your Man” (Note: this episode has a LOT of great bookish/libraryish references, so I only included my favorites. Watch the episode for more.)
Picture it: Dorothy and Blanche go to the library and Blanche meets a nice man (who later turns out to be not-so-nice).
Dorothy: “Excuse me, my friend would like to apply for a library card.”
Librarian: “What friend?”
Dorothy: “The one whose checking out everything but the books.”
Blanche: “Whatcha reading? Oh, you must be a passionate man! Females to Fondle?!”
Man: “It’s volume seven of the encyclopedia.”
Dorothy: “My mother talked me into getting her the new Stephen King.”
Librarian: “Well, we do have the one that came out last Tuesday.”
Dorothy: “As long as it’s not about some little creature who finds new and inventive ways of terrorizing a household. It’s for my mother, I don’t want to give her any ideas.”
Dorothy, to the librarian: “I’ll put the book on my card. I want you to know my card is always current, I come to the library at least three times a week, and my books are always returned promptly during regular library hours, rain or shine WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ME?”
And lastly…
Blanche, praying: “As god as my witness, I will never pick up another man. In a libary. on a Saturday. unless he’s cute. And drives a nice car. Amen!”
Literary Reference: libraries, encylopedias, Stephen King