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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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Existential Storytime

Every so often I get to fill in for storytime here at my new branch, and it's always fun.

Today I ran the Preschool Storytime program and one of the books I read was The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (a great read-aloud).

When I finished the book, I asked the kids if they thought a watermelon seed could ACTUALLY grow inside a person's belly.

One of the girls (who I suspect was slightly older than preschool age, but it's all good) raised her hand and said:

"No. There is no truth there."

Sometimes storytime gets existential, y'all.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Brooklyn Classic

Hey guys, I haven't been posting too many library stories here lately because things have been ohmygodcrazy with my new job (plus with the picture book, podcast, and, you know, LIFE) so I'm going to try to be better about that. In the meantime, I'll be passing along cool opportunities I see or am asked to spread the word about (but only if I really think they are cool, I swear).

Here's one for becoming an "engaged, young supporter" of Brooklyn Public Library (plus...COCKTAILS):

Second Annual Brooklyn Classic 
Fall Cocktail Party + Benefit

Enjoy live Latin jazz rhythms with the Jeremy DeJesus Quintet and savor
fine Caribbean and Latin-infused fare from Naturally Delicious as we celebrate
our Library and its role as a vibrant cultural anchor for every Brooklyn community.
Hosted by the Brooklyn Eagles, a new group of engaged 
young supporters of Brooklyn Public Library. 

Tuesday, September 30

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza

Tickets start at $150 and include Brooklyn Eagles membership.
To purchase tickets, please click here.

Proceeds from the Brooklyn Classic directly support Brooklyn Public Library’s
collections and programming for children, youth and families.

For more information about the Brooklyn Classic or the Brooklyn Eagles,
contact Mike Fieni, Manager of Community Engagement at
or visit


Mercedes Armillas
Justin & Leigh BrannanAndrew Brent
Lauren Brignone

Kwanza Butler *
Ashley C. Cotton
Kate Cucco

Sean E. Cunningham
Charles Duhigg
Myla Goldberg
Peter Goldstein
Peter Goldwasser
Melanie Hartzog
Sarah Johnson
Brooklyn Public Library Trustee
Marie Clare Katigbak
Joel Kress
Hon. Brad Lander
Arden Levine
Dena Libner
David Margalit
Lucy Mayo
Yolanda McBride
Kathleen McGee
Hon. Carlos Menchaca
Ashley Mihlebach
Eric Munson
Joseph Musso
Shauneequa Owusu
Grace Rauh
Tucker Reed
Adam Riff
Jeremy Robbins

Divya Sashti
Elizabeth Semmens
Jessica Silver

Emma Straub
Shin-pei Tsay
Michelle R. Van-Ess
Joanna Weiss
Dan Wilbur

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Faces of the Past

As I (slowwwwly, paaaainfully) transition into my new supervisory role, I've been going through my old files and weeding out things I no longer need. The image below (which I made, by the way, don't be jealous of my art skillz) was on a handout that I apparently intended to use in a children's program:

I can't even remember what sort of program I was going to do (I think something with emotions? Like, the kids were supposed to complete the face with how they were feeling? Or something?), but I apologize to the kids of Brooklyn for ever planning to inflict this kind of existentially terrifying image on them.

Of course, feel free to use this if it will help you with programs or with just expressing how you feel. For example, this is how I look when the kids come to the library after school:


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.