Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Heroines

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

Favorite literary heroines, GO!

1. Catherine (Catherine, Called Birdy)- Catherine was my idol as a child and still ranks high on my list.

2. Scarlett O’Hara (if you don’t know which book this is from, get away from my blog, NOW)- Yes, she’s not always the nicest person but she does not give up.

3. Princess Elizabeth/The Paper Bag Princess (The Paper Bag Princess)- Sometimes, you have to take care of the dragons yourself (and the prince can also be a real bum).

4. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (What To Do About Alice?)- Ok, so she’s a historical figure, but she’s still my heroine!

5. Mibs Beaumont (Savvy)- Again, another character who never gives up.

6. Imogene (Imogene’s Last Stand)- A reminder to kids that they too can be heroes and stand up for what they believe in!  Plus my grandmother’s name was Imogene.

7. Mama Junebug Jones (The Skippyjon Jones Series)- As a mother of a toddler, I have huge respect for this mother of a Siamese kitten-Chihuahua wannabe.

8. Georgie (One Came Home)- Determined to find her sister, who everyone believes is dead, Georgie risks her own life to bring her sister home.

9. Dinah (The Red Tent)- IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK, STOP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS WONDERFUL MASTERPIECE OF LITERATURE.  kthxbai.

10. Arya Stark (A Song of Fire and Ice Series)- Stick them with the pointy end!

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My Dirty Little Secret (Or At Least One of the Ones I’ll Share in Public)

We’re all friends here, right?

We can share secrets, right?

Here’s mine:

I HATED WE WERE LIARS!!!  THERE I’VE SAID IT.

I feel better now.

I love E. Lockhart.  Her Ruby Oliver books are some of my favorites.  Dramarama was fun times.  But this book…I didn’t read all of it.  I couldn’t read all of it.  I made it about halfway through, skipped to the plot twist, read the last few pages, and returned it to my local library.

I kept hoping it would draw me in.  I kept hoping I would grow to like something about the main character.  Alas, no.

Then I see practically everyone raving about this book!  What did I miss?  Did we really read the same book?

Do you have a book others love that you hate?

 

Librarian Skills: Illness Prevention

The Tiny Human has been sick.  I’m starting to hack my head off.  Many of my coworkers have been ILL.  A few others have had minor sniffles or ongoing allergy issues (yes, allergies strike in Winter, trust me on this one).  Those of us who aren’t sick are doing our best to avoid whatever staff and patrons are dragging in with them.

So how does one avoid illness when working with the public?  Very carefully!

*Please note, I have no medical training of any kind.  This are observations and practices I have developed based on my own experience.  Contact your medical provider with questions.  Results may vary.*

 

1.) If this is your first time working with the public (especially if you’re working with kids), you’re going to get sick.

I’m sorry, but that’s just how it goes.  Your body needs time to build up immunities and if this is your first time working the circ desk, you’re going to catch everything that comes in.  Start stocking up on tissues, cough drops, and pain medication.

 

2.) Wash your hands. 

We all know this is one of the best ways to keep illness from spreading.  Hand sanitizer will work in a pinch.  Also, try to cough/sneeze into your elbow, not on your hands.

 

3.) Get a Flu Shot. 

Trust me, this helps. It’s fairly affordable, with or without insurance.  Many workplaces will even pay for their employees to get a flu shot.

 

And here is the biggie…..

 

4.) IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT COME TO WORK!!!!

Do you have a fever?  Can you not spend more than 10 minutes away from a bathroom?  Has a medical professional told you to stay home from work?  THEN DON’T COME TO WORK.  Seriously.  Stay home.  Rest.  Get well.  Keep whatever you have to yourself, we don’t want it here.  The library will run without you. (Another Disclaimer: Check with your employers sick leave policy.) 

 

That being said, if you are not sick, please come to work.  We need you.

 

What are your illness prevention measures?