And the winners are…

For those of you who were not there or are not aware, today was Reading Roundup, which is a wonderful opportunity for youth librarians from Maine to connect, share, and collaborate.  This is my favorite type of conference and I would like to talk more about certain parts of the day in detail (which I shall do at a later date).  For now, I would like to share the winners of the 2013 Lupine Awards and the 2013 Katahdin Award.  For more information about both of these awards, please visit this site.

And the winners are….

Picture Book Honor

Brave Girl:  Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Picture Book Winner:

The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley and illustrated by Rebekah Raye

Juvenile/Young Adult Honor:

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Juvenile/Young Adult Winner:

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

The Katahdin Award winner:

Anne Sibley O’Brien


Pictures from the awards ceremony will be coming soon!  Thank you to the RRU committee for all your hard work, Anita Silvey for the interesting stories behind the children’s stories, and the Lupine Committee for being such a wonderful group.  Have you read any of this year’s Lupine winners?  I would love to read your thoughts in the comments.

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Hello world!

Way back in January, I posted about my acceptance to Rutgers.  I’ve had a great semester so far, but needless to say, classes are taking up a good chunk of the hours in my day when I’m not sleeping or at work.  Unfortunately, my blog has gone by the wayside, and I hope to bring blogging back into my life.

Maine is being hit with a massive, “don’t even think about leaving the house” type of snowstorm (and I thought it was supposed to be spring??)  So, no work today (except for homework).  I thought this would be a good opportunity to get back to the blog.

To get back into the swing of things, here’s my WWW Wednesday (hosted by Should be Reading)

What are you currently reading?

I am close to finishing Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  It took me a little while to get into this one, but now I’m hooked!  Nailer struggles to get by each day by stripping old ships of copper.  When he meets a rich girl who needs help, will he risk his dismal life for a chance at something better?  The book is very well-written.  Bacigalupi creates cinematic scenes…this would be a great movie adaptation.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.  Marcus uses his hacking skills to work around the system (usually to sneak out of school).  When he and his friends are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is wrongly accused of terrorism and then must use his skills to get revenge and save his friend. Not really my cup of tea, to be honest, but it did raise some interesting questions about freedom of information and how technology will shape the future.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on my list for school is Bomb by Steve Sheinkin.  However, Karen Russell just released a Kindle novella entitled Sleep Donation.  It’s about a world where people have insomnia and others have the option of donating sleep to them…I’m sure this is an oversimplification, but that’s what I gleaned from the description.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy afternoon than curled up reading something Karen Russell wrote!

Also, if you are looking for book reviews, program recaps, and awesome craft ideas, check out The One and Only Marfalfa, written by EPL librarian Martha Dodge! Martha is my go-to for book recommendations :)

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Literary Love Tattoos, courtesy of Buzzfeed

I completely intended to post a book review, but a whole day of classwork has left me little ambition to type and look at a screen.  Instead, check out this great post featuring Literary Love Tattoos.  I’m not usually a tattoo fan, but some of these are very sweet.

23 Epic Literary Love Tattoos

Enjoy the last of your weekend!



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Rutgers, here I come!

As some of you may already know, I was recently accepted to the online Library Science program at Rutgers University.  I am very excited to be starting classes next week!  As I get into the swing of things this semester, I will probably be talking about my classes and discussing issues that come up during class.  This semester, I am enrolled in The Principles of Searching and Materials for Young Adults (yay!)

Is anyone else out there gearing up for Spring semester (in a Library Science program or another discipline)?  If so, I would love to collect some study tips in the comments :)


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Buzzfeed’s Book to Movie List for 2014

Buzzfeed can become a major obsession for me, even more so when the posts are about books!  Thanks to Becky and James for recommending 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year!  I am ambivalent about the movie adaptation of Gone Girl (although I definitely plan to see it).  I had no idea Dark Places (another book by Gillian Flynn) was being released as a movie, as well!  Hopefully that will get me through until Flynn writes a new book.  I hear she is tackling new fiction and youth fiction.  Very exciting stuff! 

Which book to movie adaptation are you looking forward to seeing?


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WWW Wednesday

Here’s a fun blog feature, hosted by Should be Reading.  It goes like this…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:


What are you currently reading?

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I am currently listening to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn while I fold laundry and reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.  Very different books, but both enjoyable in their own ways.

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer.  Very good book.  I had never read anything by this author before, but her writing reminded me of Tom Perrotta, which is always a good thing.

What do you think you’ll read next?


I seem to be on an adult fiction kick lately.  I’ve heard amazing things about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, so maybe that if I can work it into my schedule once school starts.

I would love to hear your answers to these questions in the comments! 



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The audio experience

When I was a kid, I would read the same book over and over again.  I would read Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine in late June every year to kick off summer vacation.  Now, I rarely do that, mostly because there are so many good books to read!  About a month ago, I was planning a trip to Southern Maine and I needed a good audiobook.  I had recently listened to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and had enjoyed the narration by Rebecca Lowman.  I decided to listen to Eleanor and Park (also by Rowell and narrated by Lowman) even though I had already read it last summer.  I was not disappointed.

Somehow, listening to a book (even one I’ve read before) is a completely different experience.  You would think that listening to a book wouldn’t give you the same opportunities to pause and reflect, but somehow I think that hearing the words spoken make me understand them from a different perspective.  Here are two more books that are a treat to listen to:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

For me, a good audiobook has to have an engaging story and a great narrator.  Do you have any audiobook suggestions?  Please share them in the comments!


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