One Small Step Can Change Your Life... Library Style

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
One of my small steps for the month of October has been to update my top 3 most used resources.

1. When you have a student who needs to research a topic: Dewey Digger "Explore knowledge via the Dewey Decimal Classification"

2. For the customer who has read every cozy mystery that you recommend and your mind is now completely blank : cozy-mystery.com

3.  Need practical professional development, but you don't have much time: 5 minute Librarian "All you need to know in the time you have."


The 4th Quarter

I, like many, get excited for the first day of a new month. I like the idea of a fresh start, new beginnings and all of that, but the first day of October reminds me not only of beginnings, but also of endings, and the importance of both.

I am a basketball fan. I am a Knicks fan! One thing I love about the game of basketball is the intensity of the 4th Quarter. A team can play well for the first 3 quarters of the game, but if they don't come out with a game plan and finish strong that final quarter they can lose the game. Conversely, a team can struggle through the beginning of a game, but come out in the 4th quarter prepared to put in work, and finish the game strong to get a win. Both teams know this. Forget the fat lady and her songs, it is not over until that buzzer sounds.

New York Knicks v. Milwaukee Bucks, 1972 
Led by Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Bucks held an 18-point lead in Madison Square Garden with about six minutes to go. With no three-point line, the Knicks clawed their way back for a one-point win. The Knicks have heart. Did I mention that I am a Knicks fan?

The fourth quarter of the calendar year is October through December. Today, October 1st, is day one of the final quarter of 2016. I am prepared to finish strong. I have my plan - my 17 goals and tasks to complete before 2017. I have my team - my heavenly Father, my faith community, my #GirlTrek sisters. I have heart.


Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon End of Event Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you? 
Hours 23 and 24 were the most daunting for me. I must have read the same page five times. This happened on more than one occasion.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? 
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?The Read-a-thon was fantastic as always. I think one thing that could make it better next time would be to have all of the mini-challenges hosted on sites that all participants can access (not Facebook). 

What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-Thon? I think the Facebook group went very well (just not for mini-challenges) It was a great forum for veteran Read-a-thoners and newbies to gather and share the excitement of Read-a-thon, exchange tips, and offer words of encouragement.

How many books did you read? I read four books.

         Awkward Between the World and MeRoller Girl

What were the names of the books you read?
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed all of my books. Roller Girl is the book that made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.

Which book did you enjoy least? I enjoyed all of my books very much.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? I am already planning my October 2016 Read-a-thon.

What role would you be likely to take next time? I plan to participate as a Cheerleader and a Reader.


Dewey 24 Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? 

I just finished reading Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can see why it made ALA's  Top Ten Popular Paperbacks list.

2. How many books have you read so far?
I have read two books so far. I read Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, and Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I am most looking forward to reading Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Between the World and Me

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
I haven't had any interruptions.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? 
This year I decided to start my read-a-thon with a 600 page, 10.5 hour audiobook. I am surprised by how well that strategy worked for me. I was able to ease into the read-a-thon day, with a cup of tea and very little sleep, with minimal complications.

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon - Opening Meme

Opening Meme

What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
I am reading from Denver, Colorado United States of America.

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
I have several stacks; fiction, non-fiction, young adult, middle grade, audio, and graphic novels. I am looking forward to books from each stack, but I think the book I am most looking forward to this year readathon is The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to some tart green apples with creamy peanut butter.

Tell us a little something about yourself? 
My bio pretty much says it all. I am a Christian Friend, former educator, reference librarian, and labyrinth walker.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what's one thing you'll do differently today? 
In the past, I have always tried to read straight through until I reached my limit and gave in to physical exhaustion. This year I plan to take scheduled breaks for walks and snacks. I think this strategy will help me be more alert in those final hours.


Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Disability does not mean inability.

One person can change the world.

"In this world, we are not perfect. We can only do our best." Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah


Finding Winnie The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear


"Sometimes," I said, "you have to let one story end so the next one can begin.

"How do you know when that will happen?"

"You don't," I said. "Which is why you should always carry on."