June 29, 2012

Guest Post on Sunbeam Yellow

Check out my guest post on Sunbeam Yellow - a review of Rotters by Daniel Kraus!

June 25, 2012

Outlander Read-a-long Chapters 8-14

This week's questions come from Stalking the Bookshelves

1.  Claire has been given the task of healer at the castle. She must adapt her nursing skills for the time and learn what herbs and etc will cure each particular ailment that is presented to her. Do you have any home remedies that were passed down to you (cure for a cold, bee sting or what have you)?  I can't really think of any home remedies. I'm sure we had some when I was growing up, but now I just head to Walgreens whenever I have an ailment. 

2. What do you think would be the biggest challenge of living in the past? (Clothing, hygiene, food, etiquette or etc.)  I think the hygiene factor would be the biggest challenge for me. I would hate not having access to a hot shower, some soap, and a toothbrush!

3. Do you have a favorite character, scene or quote so far? If so, share it with us. 
Jamie, of course! 

"Does it bother you that I'm not a virgin?" He hesitated a moment before answering. 

"Well, no," he said slowly, "so long as it doesna bother you that I am." He grinned at my drop-jawed expression and backed toward the door. 

"Reckon one of us should know what they're doing," he said. The door closed softly behind him; clearly the courtship was over. 

4. What did you think about the addition of the blood bond in the wedding ceremony? Is this something you would do with the one you love? It was definitely an interesting part of the ceremony that I wasn't expecting. I would not want to do that - I get squeamish at the sight of blood! 

5. Are you reading along closely with the scheduled chapters or are you ahead or behind? 
I'm trying to stick closely to the schedule, but I got a little behind this week and just now caught up! 

June 18, 2012

Outlander Read-a-long Chapters 1-7

This week's questions come from Jess at Gone With the Words.

1. Outlander is a well-known book. Before you cracked it open, what were your expectations or assumptions about this story? Or did you jump into it with a blank slate? 
All I knew was that it combined historical fiction, time travel, and romance. My Goodreads friends either loved it or hated it, so I wanted to read it myself and form my own opinion. 

2. Claire's husband, Frank, is fascinated with learning more and more facts about his family tree, which extends back pretty far. Do you or anyone in your family keep a family tree? How many years/generations back does it go? If not, have you ever considered or attempted to create one? 
Personally, I haven't kept a family tree, but one of my uncles has traced our family tree back several generations (on my mom's side). It's fun to know which area our family came from before coming to America (Bath, England). I'd love to know more about my family's history on my dad's side. 

3. How did you find Claire's initial conclusions as to her surroundings after waking up from going through the stones? Did you think that was a reasonable conclusion? 
I think it was reasonable for her to conclude that she was in the middle of some sort of historical reenactment or movie set. I would have probably thought the same thing!

4. How about her composed, rational way of dealing with the fact she's traveled back in time. Did you find it believable? Do you think you would have acted the same way? 
I think her reaction is believable for her character and her approach to life. I, on the other hand, would completely freak out!

5. At this point in the story, what are your feelings or expectations on Claire and Jamie? Is Frank still a factor for you?
Hmm, Frank is still in the back of my mind because at this point, I'm wondering if she is stuck in the past forever or if she will be able to get back to modern time. I know just from reading others' reviews that Claire and Jamie get together in the future, though. 

Bonus Question: Frank encounters a man outside of the inn where he and Claire are staying. He is afraid it might have been a ghost. What do you believe it was? Do you have any predictions or suspicions on what that was about? 
At first, I was thinking that it was Randall. Now I'm wondering if it was Jamie...

June 8, 2012

Teen Room - New Furniture from IKEA!

Recently I posted a link to pictures of our old and new Teen Rooms at the library. I mentioned that we were receiving a grant for $5,000 to furnish the new room. We had so much fun shopping at IKEA and picking out furniture. Everything has been assembled and is being enjoyed by the teens already!

IKEA was so inexpensive that we had enough money left over to buy 3 new computers for the Teen Room (we haven't had a chance to set them up yet, so they are not pictured). We even had a little left over to get more gaming equipment too. :)

 Here are a few pictures I've taken so far. We're still in decorating mode - we have more signs to hang up and some paint and wall decals to add behind the reference desk. But you get the idea! We're really happy with how everything has turned out, and we're getting great feedback from teens and other patrons.

These retro gaming wall decals spice up the boring white walls

The clear chairs are really popular! And they are surprisingly comfortable.

Some study tables plus a few comfy chairs.

More comfy chairs! And I love the bright green tables.

These chairs face a TV which we show movies on after school.

This table will hold our touch screen computer soon - it will be used for searching the catalog, scanning QR codes, watching book trailers, etc.

We plan to turn this table sideways and put two new computers on it.They will be used for browsing the internet or doing homework.

This cubby in the gaming corner is for teens to stow their backpacks and other stuff. (The black cabinet was one we already owned and it holds our Wii and Xbox.)
Look at all that space and the awesome new furniture!

We're in love with our new Teen Room, and we are so happy that the move was done at no cost to the library thanks to grant money and volunteer who helped move everything downstairs!

Bookish Anniversary Pics!

My husband is not a fan of having his picture taken, but when our friend offered to do a photography session for free for our 1st wedding anniversary, I was able to talk him into it. I thought it would be fun to include our current favorite books in some of the pictures, and he was actually a good sport about it. :) Here are some of my favorites (all photos by Kristen Mason).


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