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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beer & Books (For a Good Cause!)

I've been asked by a good friend to pass along a message about a great opportunity for you guys to buy antiques/vintage books, drink beer, AND support the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library while you're at it. I plan to be at this event; hope to see you there too!

"The organizers of the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, scheduled for September 13-14 (7:30pm-9:30pm) at the Brooklyn Expo Center at Franklin and Noble in Greenpoint, are putting together a special opening reception to benefit the Friends of the Greenpoint Library on Friday, September 12. Tickets are $25, including drinks and food from Brooklyn Brewery and Milk Truck, and are good for entrance throughout the entire weekend."

Tickets can be purchased at here at Eventbrite

More information about the event is on their webpage

And, of course, they have a Facebook page. Check it out!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wine, Robot

Check out this robot a kid made for our summer reading program. (She made it at home with her grandfather and brought it in to show us.) Bonus points for using a wine box. You get me, kid. You get me.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Found in the Library

 Saw this in my library's recycling bin. Sadly, no Marauder's Map was found with it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Haunted Library

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen this series of tweets last week about a serious haunting problem in my library:

As you can probably tell, it was an exciting day. Since the girls were compeltely freaking themselves out about the library ghost, after they filmed their "newsreel" (which I have not yet seen, sadly), I told them they should do some investigating and then write down the facts. This was the result:

A bit later, the girls came up to me and said they found an ACTUAL note from the ghost (nevermind the fact that I had given them this paper myself and they said they were going to crinkle it to make it look "old". It's GENUINE, they assured me).

"Sincerely, the Ghost." Very polite for a poltergeist, no? 

Later still, I found photographic evidence of "The Lady" on a table.

They point out that she has white hair because all ghosts have white hair, apparently.

This note was at the bottom:

We're all creeped out, kids. We're all creeped out.

So, the "Ghostbuster Cousins" didn't actually say how they planned to bust the library ghost, but if all else fails, they can always call the librarian. (Unless, of course, she is a ghost herself.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I am vengeance. I am the night. I am...THE LIBRARIAN!

Since today is National Batman Day, I thought this would be a good time to share with you what the great Chip Kidd said about librarians:


A few months ago, my boyfriend (who is a big comics nerd) and I attended the Batman at 75 panel, which featured Mr. Kidd, Michael Uslan, Kevin Conroy, Kevin Smith, and my Twitter friend Marc Tyler Nobleman, who put together the panel (and who writes interesting books about Bill Finger, one of the formerly unsung heroes in Batman's history). I'm not much of a comics gal myself, but I found it to be very interesting stuff. 

After the panel, there was a book signing, and, as I usually do when I go to signings, I awkwardly blurted that I was a librarian to the signees - luckily, Chip knows what's up.

Happy National Batman Day, everyone!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another Summer, Another Case of Summer Reading List Drama

What is it about summer reading that makes people so cranky? Is it the heat? Are people just bored before they go away on vacation? I dunno, man. Last year, people got all up in arms about mistakes on a school's summer reading list. That was fun.

THIS summer's drama hits a bit closer to home for me: an opinion columnist at the NY Post wrote a rather scathing and (in my opinion) uninformed diatribe against this's seasons summer reading lists from NYC libraries. Here are just a few of the author's problems with the books that were chosen for the list: there aren't enough classics on it, the books represent too much ethnic diversity, and (I'm paraphrasing here), librarains are obviously trying too hard to be politically correct to pander to certain demographics. 

Here's my reaction piece over on Book Riot: A Defense of NYPL's Summer Reading List for Kids.

The issues of literacy and diversity in books are very important to me, so I tried hard to give a measured, somewhat-fact-based response (as opposed to yelling and breaking things, like I was tempted to do). I hope you find it worth reading, and I hope your summer - and summer reading - are going well.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Domo Arigato, Ms. Roboto

You know when you're having kind of a rough day and then some of the library kids come in and show you a freaking ROBOT that they made just for the library and then your day seems much, much better?

I introduce to you the "Maid/Cleaner 3000." This was created by two tween library users (girls, I might add) with an interest in science and technology. One of our suggested activities for the Summer Reading challenge is to make a robot, and these kids sure delivered.

There are its sponge feet. And it was made with 100% recycled materials, so it's good for the planet (or so I was told). I asked the girls what made them think of this design, and they said they had so many cleaning chores over the summer, it would be good to have some help.

Thank you for making the day a bit brighter and cleaner, girls.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ain't No Pun Like a Librarian Pun

Teen: "I'm having STRUGGLES."
Me: "What's wrong?"
Teen: "I need to do a five-page report on Joseph Stalin."
Me: "Ouch."
Teen: "I KNOW. I'm going to die."
Me: "Well, I think researching Stalin will put things in perspective for you."
A little while later, she came back up to the desk in an obvious attempt to put off doing her report.
Me: "Don't you have a report to write?"
Teen: "I DON'T WANT TO."
Me: "When is it due?"
Teen: "Tomorrow."
Me: "Tomorrow!"
Teen: *nods with shame*
Me: "Then you'd better stop STALLIN'!"
Teen: *blank stare*
Teen: "That was really cheesy."
Me: *nods with shame*
Can't win 'em all.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summertime and The Reading is Easy

I just wanted to share a few quotes from actual kids I talked to during my Summer Reading school visit today:

1) "We need to read over the summer to get smarter and learn more things so we can grow up and write books." (When I asked why it was important to read over the summer.) 

2) "Can I live at your library?" It sounds fun." (When I talked about library programs.)

3) And lastly, when I asked the kids if they were able to read for 20 minutes, one kid was like, "Psht, I can read for 20 HOURS." Oh yeah? PROVE IT, BIG SHOT.

Happy Summer Reading, children's librarians. God help us all.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

News to Share: Book Deal!

So, I haven't talked about this much on here (mostly because I didn't want to jinx things), BUT I have some news to share about a picture book manuscript I've been working on for the past two years or so. After a lot of revising and waiting and revising and waiting, I'm beyond thrilled to announce that my book Edward Gets Messy has sold to Simon & Schuster Children's Books, thanks to the hard work of my wonderful agent Brooks Sherman and my awesome new editor Kristin Ostby. I am so excited to be working with this team! Here's the official announcement from PW Children's Bookshelf

I'll post any significant updates about the book's actual creation as they occur. (And rest assured, I will NOT be doing the art. I just tried to draw a pig and this was the result. Someone call a vet!)

At least it's smiling?

In conclusion: yay!