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Thursday, August 4, 2016

When you work with great people and great kids, it's easy to have a wonderful birthday at the library.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

This has been a really rough week for our nation and also for me personally (although things on that front are better now - I'm not sure I can say the same thing for America). There are many things to read out there at the moment that are powerful and important, but since I'm a librarian and this is a mostly library-related blog and I found this piece really uplifting, I wanted to share it with you. 

"I feel like today more than ever, the Library reminds us that we can work together. We have this place in each of our communities that stands up proud and tall and invites everyone in to be fed emotionally, intellectually, and yes sometimes literally."

Read the full essay here:

"Feeling Helpless? Go To The Library" by Colin Whitehurst (via Medium)

Love to you all. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's Not Too Late To Advocate!

Forgive my cheesy title rhyme, but it's that time of year again! Library advocacy season is in full effect, and as always, NYC libraries are seeking support in order to continue providing essential programs and services to our communities. 

If you're a New Yorker, you can send a quick and easy email to your local politicians by clicking on one of the links below, depending on your borough. It's a very simple yet effective way to show that you think libraries are important! 

Brooklyn Public Library (You can also donate $ to BPL by clicking here.) 

Queens Public Library 

NYPL (Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx)

If you don't live in NYC, I encourage you to seek out advocacy opportunities for your local library - there's always something you can do and no action is too small. 

To illustrate why it's so important to speak out for libraries, I thought I'd share some of the notes kids at my branch have been writing over the last few weeks - kids always seem to say it best. 

(The kid above said "Oh, this is gonna be EASY" when I told him he could write something about why he loves libraries. Also, not to brag, but I'm totally the "she" being referenced.)

Thanks for loving your library, everyone! 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Edward Gets a New Cover!

I wanted to show you all the shiny new cover for my forthcoming picture book Edward Gets Messy


More fun things: this Saturday I'll be reading Edward Gets Messy for the first time in public (yikes!) at 11:00am in the Dweck Auditorium of Brooklyn Public Library's Central branch as part of the "Spring Into Stories" author/illustrator festival. I'm so honored to be a part of this event and can't wait to share Edward with those who attend. There will be many talented authors and illustrators there during the day and lots of fun activities. (Also, the library band I sing with Lost in the Stacks will be playing on the plaza at noon if it doesn't rain!)

Thanks, everyone! 

(Reminder: you can pre-order the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble and also add it to your GoodReads "want to read" shelf! I mean, if you want to read it. No pressure.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Library Love

"Ms. Rita, can we write something on the board?


"Do you like what we wrote?"


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Class Visit

Some class visits are smooth as pie. Some class visits make you want a nap, a drink, or a good cry afterwards. For a number of reasons, today's visit was the latter. It wasn't anyone's fault, it was just one of those days where everything possible was going wrong. 

However, as usual, the kids (first graders this time) had some funny/interesting things to say to me. A sampling:  

"You look like you're from England." 

"I'm going to tell my teacher that you're funny."

"Your hair looks better not in a ponytail. If you have it down you look like Barbara." 
(I have no idea who Barbara is, so maybe she meant Barbie? Which would make even less sense.) 

(As I was about to start reading a book to them): "Can we just get this book over with?" 

(After I read the *book): "I love that book!" 

"What is that?"
"It's my wedding ring."
"Who is your husband? TELL ME!!!"
"My husband is Michael."
"Your husband is MICHAEL??!?!" (They have no idea who Michael is.)

And to end on the highest of notes,

"Thank you for finding me the best book EVER." 

(It was a Disney Fairies graphic novel, FYI.) 

I guess it all worked out.  

*(We read Animal Soup by Todd H. Doodler which is a fantastic book for a group of lively kids. They were hysterical. Check it out.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Afternoon

*confiscates soccer ball in the library for the 99th time*

*says "I don't want to see any more balls in here"*

*immediately regrets word choice and dies*

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Library Valentine

Yesterday my fantastic co-worker Katya did a program with the kids called "Messages of Love" where they were given paper and color pencils and could write a nice note to anyone they wished. It was a very positive and uplifting event and the kids had fun running around giving notes to each other and making them for friends and family members.  

To my delight, this note was handed to me (and just so you don't think I deserve all the credit, it was addressed to "All the Librarians").  


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Edward Gets on the Internet!

Here is a bit more information about how you can find and/or support my picture book Edward Gets Messy, coming out in September! (If you missed my previous post, you can check out the cover and get more background here.)

The book can now be found at:

Simon and Schuster 

(You can also become a "fan" of my author page on the S&S site here, even though I"m not exactly sure what that means! Thank you to my wonderful husband for taking the photo.) 

Amazon (where you can pre-order the book!) 

Barnes & Noble (where you can add it to your wishlist!)

Goodreads (where you can mark it as "to-read" and then later give it a million stars, just kidding ha ha ha)

Lastly, you can preview Olga Stern's gorgeous illustrations at any of the links above, but here's a sneak peek for you: 

I really appreciate all the well-wishes and good thoughts and I'm excited to share more with you in the upcoming months. Thank you so much, everyone!