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Friday, April 11, 2014

Kids Say the Darndest...Well, You Know (Part 5!)

It's been quite a while (months? years? who even knows anymore) since I did a roundup of the amusing and insightful things kids have said to me in the library. Subsequently, I'm sure I've missed eight billion of them, but here are seven (because top-10 lists are played out) funny kid interactions I've had recently, presented in tweet form (because I'm lazy):










And for the sake of nostalgia (and because kids really are funny), here are the other "Kids Say the Darndest"-type posts from the last few years of this blog (years? Have I really been blogging that long? WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE?) for your enjoyment:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Don't ever change, kiddos!

Monday, April 7, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again: you never know WHAT you'll be faced with at the library.

(Insert a "bear butt" joke here. On second thought, DON'T.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dear Book Nerd Round-Up!

Hey, guys! It's been a while since I last posted about the Dear Book Nerd podcast, so in case you need to catch up, here are the last three episodes. They are (if I do say so myself) all fun to listen to, thanks to my wonderful guest co-hosts and to the people who have submitted really interesting questions!

I'm just going to go ahead and plagiarize myself for the descriptions here:

Episode #4: To Read the Classics, Or Not To Read the Classics?

Welcome back to the Dear Book Nerd podcast! Jeff O’Neal joins me once again as special guest-host for Episode #4, in which we talk about CLASSIC LITERATURE and the strong feelings that reading it (or not reading it, as the case may be) can bring about. Enjoy!

Episode #5: The Thing About Ebooks…

Welcome to Episode #5 of the Dear Book Nerd podcast! My guest co-host this week is the hilarious Dan Wilbur. Dan is a comedian, creator of Better Book Titles, and host of the Two-Book Minimum Podcast, a show in which authors and comedians chat about literature. (Be sure to check it out!) Dan and I tackle two listener-submitted questions about the often hotly-debated topic of ebooks. We discuss whether or not ebooks are considered “real” books, why this is even a debate in the first place (and why it probably shouldn’t be), how ebooks will doom the future of reading (just kidding), things to think about when choosing an ereader, and much more.

Episode #6: The Risky Business of Lending Books

Have you ever lent out a book to a friend (or a family member, or an ex) and they never gave it back? And you don’t know how to get it back? And you reeeeaally want to get it back? Then this episode of the Dear Book nerd podcast is for you! The wonderful and wise Ryan Chapman and I discuss the pitfalls of lending out your books, what it means to be a responsible book borrower, strategies on how to get your precious items back, and much more. (Plus, I make some shocking confessions of my own.) Don’t miss it!


Remember, if you need any bookish advice, please email me at or use the webform at the bottom of any DBN-related post. I love hearing from you.

Aaaaaand if you enjoy the podcast, please take a minute or two to rate it on iTunes! It helps other people find the show and it's fun for me to see what's working with the podcast. Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Found in the Library

Sometimes you find things in the library and you feel like they are speaking directly to you. 

More like paper airPAIN, amiright? ...Right? (Sigh.) 

Friday, February 28, 2014

VIP Friday

I was invited to visit a school this morning as part of "VIP Reader" day (the school had community leaders/members come in, talk about their jobs, and read a book to the kids in order to promote literacy. Dr. Seuss books were suggested because of his upcoming birthday, but I brought my own stash of books as I'm not overly fond of reading Seuss out loud, GO AHEAD AND SUE ME WHY DONTCHA).

My group was comprised of kindergarteners, and we all had a lot of fun. As usual, the kids said some interesting things. A few highlights:

1) "I don't know why Dr. Seuss disappeared." (This was followed by the substitute teacher saying that Dr. Seuss didn't disappear, but rather, DIED. After seeing the kid's expression, I quickly changed the subject.) 

2) "You're pretty." (I'll be she says that to all the librarians!)

"3) Maybe you can come to my house!" (Probably not the best idea, but I appreciate the invitation.)

4) "This book is crazy." (This was while I was reading Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. And she's right. It is crazy.)

5) "Can you visit our class every day?" (Aww.)

And then they gave me a cute certificate. All in all, not bad for a Friday morning.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss. RIP, you VIP.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Library Lotto

Looks like someone who works at my library is dreamin' big. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dear Book Nerd Episode #3: “A Matter Of (Book) Taste”

Episode #3 of the Dear Book Nerd Podcast is now live! Guest host Jeff O’Neal and I talk about things like the “controversy” of not reading literary fiction and what to do if you and your partner no longer share taste in books. Don't forget to submit your own questions (by using the webform or by emailing!

(Also, if you missed it, check out Episode #2! "How to Deal With the Book Buzz Blues.")

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day at the Library (Three Tales)

1) The other day, a kid came running up to the reference desk, dropped this note on it, and ran away.

I found her a little later and thanked her for the valentine, saying it was the first one I'd gotten this year.

"Well, it won't be your last!" she said.

Ha. We'll see about THAT.



One of our departments sent out valentines to housebound senior citizens, and I helped (with the assistance of an awesome teacher) by getting some of our local elementary classes involved. All of the cards were adorable, but here are a few of my favorites. (Honestly, I'm not sure if they could use these, but you can see the good intent was there.)

"Dear old peoples I hope you are okay and miss you."

"Dear Eldirlies - Happy Valentine's Day and also stay healthy and extersersies and stay warm outside. Don't forget to where your jackets and gloves hats and scarfs. Don't forget to wish my class a Happy Valentine's Day." 

"Don't be grumpy on this day. There's something special, no delay. C
andy and roses and cupids too, A Happy Valentine's Day to you!"

"I wish you get better. I wish you can walk. I wish you have a healthy heart."

Don't we all wish that?


3) Yesterday a kid asked me to print something out for her.

Kid: "Can you type out just one sentence for me?"

Me: "Sure. What is it?"

Kid: "'Be my valentine.'"


Me: "Okay, like this?"

Kid: "Sort of. Can you add a question mark?"


"It's rude if you just DEMAND it," the kid explained.

Very true, kid. Very true.

Happy Valentine's Day, library lovers.


(PS: if you need gift ideas for next year, here's a post I wrote on Book Riot about bookish v-day gifts. Some very cute stuff on there.)




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Job Opportunity!

Hey guys, I've been asked to share this job opportunity for people interested in working with kids! It looks like a lot of fun, so check it out:
"Brooklyn Public Library Seeks Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitators – Spring 2014

Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitator – Spring 2014

Applications are solicited ASAP for Program Facilitators for BPL’s Read! Write! Create! (RWC) literacy program. RWC will hold two six-session series of comic book writing workshops for children in three public housing development community centers and three branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on specific dates in the Spring of 2014. The facilitators are scheduled to work for 2 hours on each session of the series, which will take place weekdays during after school hours or on weekends. Upon completion of the series, there will be a possibility of renewal for the summer and fall series.

BPL will partner with the Comic Book Project to introduce the RWC workshop series during which children will write, design and produce original comic books, and parents and caregivers will become informed about family reading engagement, school readiness and summer learning. The goals of RWC are to strengthen reading and writing skills in five- to nine-year-old children from low-income households through enriching hands-on workshops, to strengthen ties between branch libraries and families living in public housing developments, and to raise awareness of the importance of recreational reading and writing practice as it pertains to in-school learning and child development.

Duties and responsibilities:

·         Using the curriculum created by the Comic Book Project and adapted by BPL, facilitate comic book writing workshops for children.

·         Work collaboratively with the Children’s Librarian at the assigned branch and staff at the public housing community center.

·         Promote literacy skills by exploring the connection between words and visual imagery as it relates to narrative structure and content.

·         Setup and breakdown activity space.

·         Communicate clearly with Read! Write! Create! Coordinator.

Education and Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Experience working with children ages five to nine

·         Excellent communication skills;  Strong presentation and programming skills

·         Flexibility and willingness to travel

·         Enrollment in a graduate library or education program desirable, but not essential

·         Interest in and knowledge of comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art a plus

Compensation: $100 per program and $100 to attend the training
Job offer is contingent on passing a pre-employment background check

All interested and qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to: 
Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dear Book Nerd: THE PODCAST

I have some very exciting news! The bookish advice column I've been writing for Book Riot, "Dear Book Nerd," is now being offered in PODCAST FORMAT.

You can read the show notes and listen to the first episode on the Book Riot site here

Or, if you'd rather, you can listen to it directly on iTunes here. (If you enjoy the show, feel free to subscribe and/or rate it!)

Podcasting is a new medium for me, and I have to tell you, recording the first show was a lot of fun. (Nerve-racking fun, but fun nonetheless.) I hope you get a chance to check it out.

AND, if you'd like to submit questions of your own, there's a form on the site that you can fill out, or you can email me at Don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you!