Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List

*Runs to check Goodreads account*

1.) The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn

2.) Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

3.) Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

4.) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

5.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

6.) Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

7.) The Gospel of Winter by Brenden Kiely

8.) Confessions by Kanae Minato

9.) Lock In by John Scalzi

10.) Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

I think most of these were added because of YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge or because I entered a drawing for the book.  But they all seemed interesting!  I did start reading Vanessa and Her Sister but had to return it.

What’s on your TBR list?


Librarian Skills: Summer Reading Prep, Part 2

My previous post started to touch on some of my Summer Reading Program prep.  Now we move into crunch time preparations.


-Begin narrowing down programs put on by library staff.  Contact any possible outside speakers.

-Book our Meeting Room for programs.  The public can request meeting rooms 3 months in advance, so this is my last shot for June!

-Start contacting schools and homeschool groups to schedule promotional visits for May.  I also find out how many students they have so I know how many fliers to print out.

-Make changes to the reading logs (if needed).

-Pick our “colors” and order paper in those shades.  We (being the adult librarian, teen librarian, and I) have found it simplifies things for staff if we color code paperwork for SRP.  I have a color that I use for all my reading logs and paperwork, and teen and adult have their colors.


-Meeting with branch managers and some of their staff to discuss the program.  This is just a chance to tell everyone our plans for the summer and to show off the artwork and prizes.

-Write a “script” for the school promotional visits.  There are three staff members and I who take turns going on these visits.  It’s VERY helpful to all of us if we have a sheet of notes to remind us of things to discuss with the kids.

-Design the flier that will be handed out at the schools.

-Order prize books.

-Vacation.  This is my last chance to breathe before it really begins.


-The following post goes up on all my social media sites: I am now in final preparations for Summer Reading and cannot be held legally responsible for anything I say or do until August 1st.

-Begin my date with the copier.  I will print around 1200 reading logs and 2000 fliers this month.

-Final supply craft supply order for summer programs.

-School promotions.

-Reminding overzealous students who drag their grownups to the library after we’ve come to their school that SRP doesn’t begin until June 1st.

-Organize ALL THE THINGS to be sent out to the branches.  Prizes, books, reading logs, bags…it all has to be sent out.

-Begin slowly decorating the department.  Also a good time to do last minute cleaning and shelf reading because it won’t happen after June hits.

June 1st

-Hold on tight and have fun!

How do you prep for Summer Reading?



Librarian Skills: Summer Reading Preparations, Part 1

It’s that time of year, folks.

Summer Reading is about to consume my every waking moment.

Well, not quite yet.  The panic doesn’t officially begin until May 1st when I claim no responsibility for anything I say or do until after Summer Reading.  THEN it’s time to panic.

Planning for SRP is a year round event.  Even when it’s no where near Summer, you’re still thinking about SRP.  You may come across a Pinterest craft in October that will be perfect for SRP.  A book that comes in in March will be just what you need for an SRP Storytime.  A parent will ask you in January when SRP starts.

And for some of us lucky few, we get to plan a program for multiple branches (six to be exact).  Six times the prizes, six times the paperwork, six times the programming, and six times the headache fun!

Here’s how my planning breaks down (our program runs from June 1st to August 1st, and we use the Collaborative Summer Library Program, for reference):


-CSLP disc and catalog is shipped to us from the State Library.

-We (the adult librarian, teen librarian, and I) go ahead and place an order for prize/staff t-shirts, prizes, and posters immediately.  As it gets closer to Summer, they do run out of some of the materials, so we like to make sure we get what we want.  We have the numbers from past Summers for reference in terms of how much to order.

-Begin looking through files on the disc to get ideas.  I will print out certain portions of the manual because it’s easier for me to look through it.  I flag any programming ideas that appeal to me


-Begin looking for a kick-off event.  We host a big kick-off event for the whole family at each of our six branches for SRP.  I typically start getting fliers/advertisements from different vendors in January.  I just like to get this done and out of the way ASAP.

-Look for an intern.  My library is fortunate to be a hop, skip, and a jump from a university with a Department of Library and Information Sciences.  Without someone to help out during the Summer, there is NO WAY we could have programming at our branches- end of story.  Interns gain real-world programming experience by doing these programs for me.  Fun fact: I started my library career at the library I’m working at as the Summer Reading Intern.

-New books.  Publishers are very in tune to what we’re doing for Summer Reading.  About this time of year, there are (conveniently) a TON of new books that will be perfect for this year’s theme, whatever it may be.  Time to stock up!

This finishes up the preliminary Summer Reading plans.  March is when things really go into high gear…..






The One Liner Book Review: February Edition

I realized that I haven’t done a lot of book reviews lately (on my blog or Goodreads).  I’ve been reading, just not talking about it.

Here’s another secret: I’m not a fan of writing book reviews.  It’s tricky for me to talk about a book beyond “I like it,” “I hate it,” “Not a fan,” “THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVAR!,” or “OMGYOUMUSTREADTHISORIWILLNEVERSPEAKTOYOUAGAIN!”

Thus, we have the birth of the One Liner Book Review!  Every month, I’ll (try) to post one liner reviews of books I read the previous month.  And by one liner reviews, I mean just one line to give my thoughts on the book.

There is a good chance it will turn into two liner and three liner reviews.  Just saying.

February selections:

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

1.) The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

About damn time I read it and I loved it!  Mrs. Coulter gives me the heebie-jeebies.


2.) You by Caroline Kepnes

Gave me nightmares, you have been warned.

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)

3.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Re-read for book club.  Charles Wallace is awesome.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Books (From the Past 3 Years)

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

Ack!  The dreaded favorite book question!

Ok, I’ll bite.


1) The Jewel by Amy Ewing


2) Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen


3) What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley


4) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


5) Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos


6) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos


7) The Magicians by Lev Grossman


8) The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm


9) Soulless by Gail Carriger


10) Sidekicked by John David Anderson\

Can you narrow you favorites from the past 3 years down to 10?