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[A book is] a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

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The Library was my Postpartum Sanctuary

Today concludes National Library Week, a weeklong celebration and observance of the important work that libraries do for communities. The 2018 theme for National Library Week was “Libraries Lead” which prompted me to reflect on the role libraries have played in my parenting, particularly during the hard parts. After my first child -- Blossom --... Continue Reading →

Guest Review: Amulet Series

I have a reluctant reader. After reading early (age 3) and reading well, my daughter Blossom seems to have hit a second-grade slump. Life gets more social in second grade, I suppose. She has athletic commitments and friends to giggle with and Minecraft to play. Books have become boring and reading has become a chore.... Continue Reading →

A May in July: Mavis’s Birth Story

Note: My pregnancy had been awful up to this point. Truly awful. And unhealthy, thanks to cholestasis, gastroparesis, iron-deficient anemia, weight loss, and a mess of other complications. Because of the cholestasis in particular, though, I needed to be induced at 37 weeks or else we risked losing the baby. I couldn't have been more... Continue Reading →

Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Oh, my friends. I closed this book shut about five days ago and am still reeling from it. It was heart-pounding and gut-wrenching and soul-stirring. Children of Blood and Bone is worth the hype.  Anybody who follows literary news has heard of first time author Tomi Adeyemi's debut YA fantasy -- book one of a... Continue Reading →

Digital DNA & Privacy Gone Public

This assignment was for IFSM 201: Concepts and Applications of Information Technology class at UMUC. I received an A on my essay, which was based on the following question(s):  Read the following article at https://librariansandlibrarymediaspecialists.blogspot.com/2018/01/finding-missing-information-and-capture.html.  Relate it to what you have learned so far and to the following thoughts on privacy of that information.  Will all the... Continue Reading →

Review: Once Upon a World Board Books

My youngest is a diehard princess fan. We've watched Frozen more times than I can count, she wants everything in her life to be purple because of Sophia the First, and she insists on wearing a dress almost every single day no matter the weather. "No pants, Mama," she says. "Pants are dumb." (True story, kiddo.)... Continue Reading →

Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Mysteries aren't my favorite genre. The writing has to be really tight throughout the story -- including the ending -- for it to be successful. Too often, I find mysteries that hold my interest in the first three-quarters will fall apart at the end because of predictability, implausibility, or both. Let's just say, this one wasn't... Continue Reading →

Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood

First and foremost, I'm planting this review firmly and unapologetically in the "YA" category despite the publisher's claim that it's intended for ages 9 and up. I'll explain later. I read The Secret of Nightingale Wood a few months ago after it was recommended to me by the most excellent staffers at the Curious Iguana bookstore in... Continue Reading →

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