Hello, Little Sister Blog

I’ve been working on a side project this summer called Librarian at Home. It’s an interior design blog where I post my design plans, ramble about pretty books, and post geeky typographical designs. It is still very much a work in progress, but I invite you to take a look. Interior design has always been my second biggest hobby after reading and I’m having lots of fun with the site.

Click on the big honking logo below to check it out!

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Jan Brett Reading

Jan Brett came to my fair city, and her presentation was beyond my expectations. I went because I love her books from a school librarian’s point-of-view, but her presentation was incredibly inspiring to me as an artist. She shared that it took her about one hour to do one inch of her artwork, and that a double-page spread usually took her about one week. I have always beat myself up for being such a slow artist, so to hear her, a professional with years of experience say how labor-intensive her process was really made me feel better.

Also, she was just the kindest, most patient author with the attendees, especially the children. If you ever have the opportunity to see her speak, I highly recommend it.

Jan Brett talks about her art process

Jan Brett talks about her art process

Talking about how she finds inspiration for her stories

Talking about how she finds inspiration for her stories

Jan Brett is such a baller she has her own bus

Jan Brett is such a baller she has her own bus

She even brought a special guest star - her pet rooster and his mate!

She even brought a special guest star – her pet rooster and his mate!

Book display roundup – lessons learned from March

For the main book display in March, I used this awesome article from Buzzfeed of all places. 22 Books You Should Read Now, Based on Your Childhood Favorites. We didn’t have all of the rec’d titles in our collection, so we purchased some of them, or I just left them out. Of the 18 or so books that were displayed, we had 9 of them checked out, and some of them were checked out more than once, like Never Let Me Go and Catch-22. So, success! I think the students found it easy to understand which book would appeal to them, since I taped the blurb next to each pair.

Also in March we got our spring shipment in of new fiction from Follett, and we displayed them right at the circulation desk, which is as front and center as you can get in my library. It was a great way to push fiction onto the kids. It’s not that they don’t like reading, it’s just that most of them are extremely bogged down with school work, so fiction gets pushed to the side. But when a tempting book is right in their face, it’s harder for them to say no.

January’s bulletin board

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For January I made a display of the best books of 2013. I pulled the titles from the New York Times Book Review, NPR’s staff picks, and Amazon’s list of the best books of the year. I wanted a mix of fiction and non-fiction and I kept it to adult titles, no YA (Eleanor & Park straddles the line in my opinion).