Thursday, April 24, 2008

Toon Books

This wonderful new series is SURE to delight young readers - if you haven't seen them yet - YOU MUST!!! My first encounter with this series of Graphic Novels for younger readers was at PLA this year. I have purchased them all!

To Visit the Toon Books Website, click HERE.

To see their blog - go HERE.

Monday, April 21, 2008


So I am probably THE LAST person on earth that hadn't read Twilight by Stephenie Meyers - but now I'm not!!!! I finished it just yesterday and all I can say is that the second one better be in soon!!! So here's my disclaimer - I don't normally like vampire books and yes, I am happily married and not even a teenager!!! But I still thought this story was totally absorbing - I think Meyers' is brilliant - she has crafted a book that not only hooks every teen that reads it - but I am finding hooks adults - yes, even men! So I'll leave you with this thought - you don't know who Bella or Edward are????? Neither did I, but it's time you found out!!! Hey, and just in time for the upcoming movie!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

I am telling you - this is one for EVERY librarian to read - oh yeah, and every kid too!! What a riot!! What you didn't know is that librarians are a cult and their plan is to blind people to the truth. That is where Alcatraz comes in - he must stop them - by infiltrating the local library!!!! Go Alcatraz - just see if you can stop us!! Thanks to Brandon Sanderson for such a great book - Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians is a winner - one that boys, especially, will LOVE!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Change of Heart

Jodi Picoult's latest book did not let me down - Change of Heart - was fast paced and kept me going until the very last page - when I didn't want it to end! This book dealt with so many issues that are great for discussion - the death penalty, the gnostic gospels, different faiths, etc. I think it would make a great adult book discussion. You have a death row inmate that wants to donate his heart to the daughter of the family that he was convicted of committing a murder. SO, he has to get it overturned so that he does not need a lethal injection, but so that he can die by hanging. VERY interesting read - I find her work compelling - and this was true to form - I say, "Read it!" There is ALWAYS a twist at the end - be ready!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The 2008 InfoTubey Awards

Yes - they rolled out the red carpet tonight at CIL 2008. The 2nd Annual Info Tubey Awards were held - goodness, I was underdressed, but other than that - it was a riot!!! So, without further ado - here are the winners:

Amazing Library 101 Challenge - University of Ottawa Morisset Library
Visual Resource Center - DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana
MCLS Year of the Teen - Monoe County Library Systems Monroe, Michigan
Now Your Library is Open Late Night, Too - Gibbsboro, New Jersey
Library Zombies - Allen County Public Library - Fort Wayne, Indiana

They were all winners - and such great library promotion - go check them out - I'll be curious to see what you think!

Washington, D.C.

I am here - learning alot, but that is why I am not blogging on books - just in case you cared! I will be back soon - hmmm, may have to share some other fun new stuff I learned too!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Our New Favorite

Is there a book that your child brings to you to read over and over??? This one is ours right now - Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard - and I have to say - it STILL makes me smile EVERY TIME!!! We can't keep it in at our library either. Oh, and my favorite - I took it to read at HeadStart and when I was done - ALL of the kids were raising their hands to take it home - it's that good!!!

So when you are having a grumpy day - this IS the book for you!!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Astrid & Veronika

Linda Olsson's Astrid and Veronika is a wonderful novel about friendship. It is one of those tender novels that you just don't run across very often and you want to savor every minute of it. It is the story of a dear elderly lady, Astrid, with quite a sad past. She meets up with her new younger neighbor, Veronika, who is also struggling to rid herself of memories and hurts from her past. Working together, and building a strong friendship, they are able to help one another with their past hurts and move forward stronger. Very powerful!

The Shack

Having just finished The Shack by William P. Young, I am left with LOTS of questions. Has anyone else read this?? It is incredibly popular right now - we can hardly keep it in at our library - and with a review from Eugene Peterson like this, "This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!" I just had to read it. So, I read it - I am finished I just have a million questions!

It really is a fascinating story - that is supposedly told to the author by Mack - the main character in the story. Mack looses his daughter at a campground - she is abducted and murdered. Mack is, obviously, horrified, and blames himself and is very angry with God. So he gets an invitation - an invitation written from "Papa" to come and meet at the very shack near where his daughter was killed. Mack goes - he, questioningly goes to the shack and has a weekend encounter with physical manifestations of the trinity. It shakes up everything that I have been taught in some ways - in others, it brings to life - and explains many of the questions I have had for years. All I can say is - Would someone please read this and chat with me!?!?!? :)

There is even a website dedicated to the whole idea of this book -

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