December 29, 2014

My Favorite Reads of 2014

What were your favorite reads of 2014? 
Here are my top picks out of everything I read this year!

Favorite Fiction
All the Rage by Courtney Summers 
(2015 release)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Lady Thief by A.C. Vaughn

Favorite Nonfiction

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality by Avital Norman Nathan, editor

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
(I highly recommend the audiobook version!)

The End of Your Life Book Club by Wlil Schwalbe

December 22, 2014

An end of year update

It's been a while since I've blogged! Between work and taking care of our baby, I've lucky if I can find time to even shower or eat dinner some days. My husband works nights and weekends, so I'm home alone with the baby quite a bit. I'm so excited that he'll get to move to day shift soon!

Baby's 1st library visit
So what have I been up to? I went back to work half-time when baby was 6 weeks old and then full-time when he was 8 weeks old. My recovery took a bit longer since I had a C-section, so it was great that they let me ease back into work! I've been enjoying getting to know the library's teen patrons better and providing programming and services for them.

The teen room
Our most popular programs are the Anime Manga Club and Wii Wednesday. They also enjoy movies, board games, and crafts. A couple simple, inexpensive crafts we did were Zombie Barbies and DIY Gift Boxes. 

We made Zombie Barbies the week of Halloween. One of my co-workers found Barbies for 99 cents each at Goodwill, and I donated a few of my own that I didn't care to destroy. Then I simply put out scissors, paint, sharpies, and other random craft items and let the teens get creative! While we made them we discussed our favorite zombie books, movies, and tv shows and discussed our survival strategies for the zombie apocalypse.
Zombie Barbie example
 Since the holidays are rapidly approaching, we made DIY Gift boxes. We used TP rolls and paper towel rolls and covered them with scrapbook paper using mod podge. Then we pinched the ends in and tied them with a ribbon. Simple and fun! I gave the teens who participated candy to fill up their boxes.
DIY Gift Box example
I've been having fun ordering new YA books and creating themed displays monthly as well. In October I did a Teens Top Ten display featuring previous winners to encourage them to vote for this year's nominees. In November I did a "We Moustache You to Check Out These Books" display in honor of Movember/No Shave November, and it was a big hit. In December I did a display based on the idea "I can't remember the title, but the cover was blue." 

Adding moustaches to books!
I've also kept busy weeding the YA collection, writing grants for 3D printers (fingers crossed!), visiting the local schools, and brainstorming ideas for redoing the teen room furniture. I'm hoping we can get our Teen Advisory Group up and running in January to help decide on a name for the teen room and provide input into programming for the new year.

It's been a great fall, and I LOVE my new job. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!


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