Truth in Fiction: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

"Living a lie is painful and doesn't do anyone any good. I had to be true to myself, because either way God would know if I was lying." 
Tia Bertha, page 282


Resolve to Rock 2015

Resolve to Rock meme image

Storytime Underground asked the Youth Services Providers across internetland to share their professional goals for 2015. I am resolved to rock in 2015, and here are my professional goals.

1. Create connections, community, and writings that have a positive impact on the world and those with whom I share this beautiful planet. I am in the unique and wonderful position of opening a brand new library branch, with a brand new building, and a brand new collection this year. My new library community deserves the absolute best, as does every community.

2. Read review journals, blogs, and professional literature. The queue of blog posts that I need to read is ridiculous; add to that the fact that I have stacks of journals at work and at home. I need to make time to read more of these publications and to do so in a timely manner. I need to keep up with my professional reading.

3. Learn Spanish AND maintain my French language skills. My new library community consists of a large number of Spanish speakers. I have to at least make an effort to learn Spanish, so that I can serve the community to the best of my abilities. While I am learning Spanish, I do not want to lose my French. I rarely use French here, but I do when I travel. And I just love the language.

4. Attend an awesome library conference. I am already scheduled to present at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference which is always awesome, but I am super excited about the possibility of attending my first NCAAL.

5. Schedule my blog posts. There have been several occasions when I thought I had published a post, but nope I look and the post is still in my Drafts. Of course by the time I think to look , I am writing a new blog post, and oftentimes the previous post is dated and/or no longer relevant for whatever reason.There is really no reason for that to happen when I know how to schedule.


Fresh Beginnings

Meditations of the Heart

Along with being a public librarian, I am also co-clerk of my Meeting's Library Committee. During our January meeting, committee members share stories that represent  “new beginnings” to each of us. History has shown us that we learn even more about each other with this pleasurable custom. Each year I tend to share a piece by Howard Thurman and this year was no different. Meditations of the Heart is my favorite (at this particular moment) work by Howard Thurman. "This is a New Year" and "I want to be Better " spoke to me in fresh ways and I will carry these meditations with me throughout 2015.  

Do you have any bookish traditions that you share with your library staff, family, or friends? Do you have favorite, books, passages, scriptures that are especially meaningful at certain times in your life? If so please share in the comments. Below is my favorite post-holiday reminder from Howard Thurman. Enjoy.

"The Work of Christmas" by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.


An Unfortunate Event and A Series of Fortunate Events

1. I lost my wallet at the theater while watching Dear White People. The film was BRILLIANT, but losing my wallet not so much.

2. I enjoyed myself immensely at the teen after hours event hosted by my library. Pizza, chicken, Just Dance, and 28 teenagers. Who could ask for anything more?

3. I worked the morning after the teen event and my first patron of the day came bearing a chocolate muffin, and better yet an apology for behaving badly in the library on a previous occasion.

4. Book Club was FUN!


End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour? I think you mean hours, as in hours 18-22. I'm fully awake for hours 23 and 24.          

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley kept me thoroughly engaged. It is such an important book, but it is also a plain good read. I'd also recommend Bird Box for those who like to be kept in suspense while reading. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was "my book" this read-a-thon.                                                                          
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No suggestions. The Read-a-Thon was great as usual.     
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? 
I really liked the multiple formats for participating socially. Twitter is my read-a-thon spot, but I will check out what went on at GoodReads                                                 

How many books did you read? 
I read three books (923 pages)

What were the names of the books you read? 
The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Bird Box by Josh Malerman                                                              
Which book did you enjoy most? 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was the perfect book at the perfect time for me.

Which did you enjoy least? 
I enjoyed all of my books. I chose well this read-a-thon, but I still need to work on the proper sequence for the fastest reading rate.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?    
This was my first year as a cheerleader, and I have no advice. I was a very bad (oops forgot all about the spreadsheet) but enthusiastic cheerleader.     

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am very likely to participate in the Read-a-Thon again. I will be a Reader again, and I am considering spending some time as a Cheerleader.


Hour 12 Mid Event Meme

1. What are you reading right now?
I am reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

2.How many books have you read so far?

I have completed one book so far, The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

3.What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Aside from the book I am currently reading, I am most looking forward to Bird Box by Josh Malerman. That will be my last must read book for the read-a-thon before I move onto my optional piles.

4.Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Yes. I had to request the day off because this is my scheduled Saturday to work.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? No interruptions and only one schedule mishap. Now back to Mr. A.J. Fikry...