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great commercial

You have to watch this, it made me laugh outloud: Bud Light commercial

making lists and taking names

There are so many things I still need (or want) to blog about: Library X's 3 weeks closure, going Up North, general thoughts on life, but I instead have spent the whole of tonight adding pictures to Facebook. So, this is the best that I could do as I waited for pictures to load. I was tagged by Miss Cellaneous, (who has rejoined Blog world, much to my delight!) so here goes:

Four jobs I’ve had:
Librarian
Short Order cook
Clown (for one day--I really am scared of clowns)
Movie theater concessionist/ticket sales

Four movies I can watch over and over:
Harry Potter (any of them)
Gone with the Wind
Little Women
Sense & Sensibility

Four places I’ve lived:
Massachusettes
New Hampshire
Florida
Traverse City, MI

Four TV shows I love:
Friends
Seinfeld
anything on the History channel
Arrested Development

Four places I’ve vacationed:
Spain
Australia
Ochos Rios, Jamaica
San Diego, Cali

Four of my favorite dishes:
Steak
Pierogies or samosas
Sausage & Sauerkraut (what!? I'm German)
Greek Salad

Four sites I visit d…

go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200

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More nuts-sos in the news this week.
A BoingBoing article stated that,
"A judge has ordered JoAn Karkos of Lewiston, Maine to return two copies of It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, which she checked out the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries last year.
In September, Karkos sent letters to the libraries, including checks to pay for the cost of the books. The letters said, in part, 'I have been sufficiently horrified of the illustrations and sexually graphic, amoral, abnormal contents. I will not be returning the books.'
The judge has ordered Karkos, who is being held in contempt of court, to return the books and pay a $100 fine by Friday at 4pm. If she doesn't comply, she'll be arrested.
In 2007, NPR reported on the incident, providing several links, including a link to a letter Karkos wrote to the Sun Journal."
I hope that lady doesn't try to read The Color Purple. It's not about Barney!

links to great articles #605

Some cool links to share: Civil Rights Digital Library Useful resource for the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Storytimes for Autistic Children One Librarian's search to plan a storytime that will be geared towards a group of autistic children. The Mouse and Copyright An article about Mickey Mouse and his early copyrighting...is the Mouse going to be a free for all? Amazon and it's Kindle A tech article about what Amazon will need to do to push this product. How Bestsellers chart the state of nations An interesting little article about how what each country is reading en masse reflects what each nation is feeling/where each nation seems to be these days. The Dead Sea Scrolls online? I saw the Dead Sea Scrolls in San Diego last year. But if you didn't see 'em online!

Librarians are bad mofos

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We Librarians are bad mofos! You think I'm cool, you should see my wallet!

Jules: I want you to go in that bag, and find my wallet. Pumpkin: Which one is it? Jules: It's the one that says Bad Motherf*&^er ~Pulp Fiction
If you think arresting someone is bad, we stab people at my library if they turn their interlibrary loan books in late. This girl should have just payed her damn fines!
Woman cuffed, booked for not paying library fines
The Associated Press
Posted: 6:37 AM- GRAFTON, Wis. -
A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines. Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg that she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.
Still, she was surprised when officers with a warrant knocked on her door, cuffed her and took her to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed.
Police Capt. Joe Gabrish says officers follow the same procedure with every warrant.
Library direc…

certain words make anything funnier

From the Polite Librarian's 8/21/08 blog that made me AWKWARDLY burst out laughing at work this week:

Doodles, Passing time with
Librarians can pass the soul-crushing hours spent in committee meetings by doodling in the margins of their notepads. If you're looking for inspiration, consider doodling some of the following pictures: a reconfigured floorplan for your office or workspace caricatures of the other people in the room Pac-Man (eating bullet points) flowers and rainbows genitalia

two woots for cool bookstores

Great article about the cool local Detroit bookstore Ladel's Children's Book Boutique. Woot woot. Gotta check this out. For the pics that go along with this article, check out this blog. (Mummy Dearest, look at the above link to the blog. Do any of those puppets look familiar!? Ha ha ha. I am reminded of a Thanksgiving and and a very scared Big Fish when Darc gave him that fire fighter puppet. Oh, and the misdeeds that followed!)Corktown Bookstore Serves the Young and Young at Heart The kids who come in to Ladels Children's Book Boutique in Corktown are treated to something different. Owner Lauren Walker Thomas and her mother Debra Walker have stocked the shelves of the Brooklyn Street shop with international and multicultural selections, as well as other books that can't be found on the shelves of mainstream bookstores.Moving away from the big business, money-making focus of selling books and getting to the development of children and community are Lauren and Debra…

"lazy parents please stand up, please stand up"

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Today I subbed at Library Y, for the first time since before the summer. While all the librarians were working on the end of summer party I was manning the reference desk when I had this lovely conversation with a patron we shall call, "Lazy Mom," L.M. for short.

L.M.: Hi. We are looking for your books for fifth graders. Where would those be? Me: Are you looking for a particular subject in non-fiction? Or are you interested in a fiction book? L.M.: Oh, just anything for a fifth grader. (Thanks for the clarity! UGH!) Me: (Adressing the child with the vacant face) Ok. Well, do you have any favorite authors? Any particular subjects or themes within the books that might be of interest? For example, do you like books with something like pirates or mysteries? Anything like that? Blank Faced boy: *** (no response) L.M.: Anything a fifth grader can read. He was supposed to read four books over the summer and...(and this is where she began laughing...LAUGHING!) well...we waited until the …

"oh, we're half way there..."

Yep, another cheesey 80s music reference! Living on a Prayer

Yes, yes, I already posted about this. What can you expect? I am a youngest child and scream for attention...and GOOD CAUSES! I am nothing short of repetitive. And this is a good cause...one of the best causes. And one of the runners is one of my best friends, so please check out Mummy Dearest's Running Blog.

If you are able to donate, please do. If you are unable to donate at this time, please keep Mummy Dearest and all my friends at the farm in your prayers as they prepare and run in October. THEY ARE ALMOST HALF WAY TO THEIR GOAL!! We are gonna make this a reality!!

Working at the farm taught me that there is not enough known about the disease of mental illness, but working with everyone there taught me the very human and personal level of the disease. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not thankful for my time there. Please aid us in the search for better understanding!

happily ever after

I am planning some of the storytimes for my fall programs and in doing so have been trolling the internet for ideas. My theme is fairy tales and I just couldn't not share this wonderful page I came across posted by a teacher who had her kids write and illustrate fairy tales. (They are very short stories).

My two favorites read as such,

"They were sitting down and a dragon came along. The knights came and got blown by the fire. My fairy tale does not have a happy ending." by Austin

Alright Austin, you Debbie Downer!

"The knight was going to chop the ugly eye ball." by Harrison

Wow! Harrison, that was moving!

Kwame...someone to be proud of

Just in the news today, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been denied the trip to Denver for the Democratic convention.

Here is a link to a good Washington Post article. My favorite part of the article is this paragraph,

"Kilpatrick's lawyer, James Thomas, said high-ranking Democrats want the mayor to attend the convention. Obama spokesman Brent Colburn, however, said in an e-mail that the focus of the convention should be on Obama and not on what Colburn called 'the troubles of one individual.'"

That's right Obama, stay as far away from this as possible. Kwame will sink your presidential hopes, I promise! All of this reminded me of this SNL skit. Makes me laugh everytime

Wow...proud to be a Metro Detroiter at times like these.

the boy who lied

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Contrary to the date that was released as the opening of HP6 (the movie)--July 21st--those bastards at Warner Brothers pushed the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince back until July!...July!...July 2009! Ugh. I am feeling more teen angsty and frustrated than Harry in HP5! There are few movies that I get excited about seeing and now to wait longer...

I guess I will have to hang my Hogwarts robe up for a little longer...grumble grumble.

review of summer reading done

Been meaning to review a few books that I have read/listened to the past month or so. Where did summer go?

The Penderwicks: A summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and one very interesting boy
Birdsall, Jane.
Intended Audience: 9-12 years old.

This book was a sweet little tale of four sisters who head out of Boston proper to the Berkshires (where I used to live!) for their summer vacation with their father. The action revolves around the children—as is expected of a children’s book—since their father always seems to be gardening or otherwise occupied; a feeling that looking back on my childhood I found to be true. Parents were the people in your house that you saw at meal times, the days were full of playing with one another or alone.

The four sisters, ranging in age from 12 to 4 years old, watch out for each other and the neighbor boy Jeffrey, while each has their own bit of transformative experiences as the summer progresses--all while they all try and avoid Jeffrey's mother, Mrs…

links of interest

Found some interesting things floating around:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Teaser Trailer. I am so excited to see this. I loved this book so much more than #5 (probably because it was less angsty!) and this movie looks bad ass!

Huge sales for Breaking Dawn,the fourth book in the Twilight series. I just started Twilight, so I am a long way from reading that! I would just like to point out that it still didn't outsell HP and the Deathly Hallows! (HP&the DH sold 8.3 million books in its first 24 hours of sale! Can you imagine that?!)

Top 10 Graphic Novels by Danny Fingeroth of the UK "Guardian." I am not at all an avid reader of Graphic Novels, but I had to read one in Grad School and I absolutely loved Maus by Art Spiegelman. I would like to see the movie of Persepolis, thatlooked kinda cool.

Donating for a good cause!

There is a joke in the mental health world that goes, "One in four people suffers from mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If none of them seems to suffer from mental illness....you're the nut in the group." But mental health isn't a laughing matter!

I worked with mentally ill adults out East on "the Farm" which I loving write about/refer to often. My best friend Mummy Dearest and some other friends are going to be running a Marathon out on Cape Cod in October. A MARATHON! The thought turns my stomach. I don't think I could ever do it. THEY CAN! And while they are doing it, they are raising AWARENESS and FUNDS to go to the farm, which does so many great things for people who suffer from mental illness.

I know these are hard times, but PLEASE let's all help out a great cause. There is a link on their site Running 4 Gould Farm which allows you to donate online, or there is info on how to donate offline! Or, if you can't donate...please…

domo arigato Uncle Jesse

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Got sick Monday night. Really sick. Like throwing up sick. I never get sick like that. I think it was food poisoning. After a long shift I grabbed a Lean Cuisine since I didn’t want to run into El Loco local grocery and fight the dinner crowds. I blame it on that nasty, tasteless chicken. I hate chicken. I hate dieting. But I do love the 18-20 lbs (keeps fluxuating) which I have lost since Roomie M and I started this (evil) diet about a month ago. (I think being sick helped since I could keep no food down for a day and a half). Now if I can just lose 20 lbs each month I will be tre skinnier by October! We shall see.

So, as a good job for not being sick any more (really just to go out with friends), I went to Little Tree for some sushi. College K was introducing her new beau Uncle Jesse to best friend L&Hubby K. Jesse was named thus because when they first started dating K told me all about this dreamy guy named Jesse, yada yada, and so I named him after Uncle Jesse on Full House. K…

Proud to be a Detroit-er?

For those of you who may have been following the shennanigans of Detroit Mayor Kwame "Robbing the city blind" Kilpatrick, here is the latest thing to hang on the Walls of Shame.

Go Tigers!

the Librarian song

"Where's weekend?"

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"Calling me fat isn't going to make me cry because, frankly, I have a mirror in my bedroom, honey, I know what my ass looks like and I've made my peace with that — and it gives me a great piece of insight into your body-consciousness. Call me slutty and I'll send you dozens of links to columns I've written about sex, but I'll also know who's going to be susceptible to a crack about her own sex life. Try to mock me (or fake-sympathize with me) for being single at 30 and I might not comment on all the scales under my clothes but I will find a way to slide in some snide comments about the state of your own possibly unhappy coupling. Being a bitch requires more than airing your insecurities, it requires finding out what mine are and exploiting them." ~From Jezebel, a new blog I found that has articles that left me laughing outloud and looking awkward at work today.

I am not sure why I felt like sharing this, other than the fact that I am feeling anti-many …

"no age bands, wizards turned vampires and eco-friendly books, oh my!"

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A couple articles that might interest some of you readers/lovers of all things library:
The No to Age Banding declaration written by Phillip Pullman, signed by many authors, (including J.K. Rowling). Thought it was interesting...and if I were famous I would sign it! A big flourishing Monster Librarian.
New York Times article on Breaking Dawn,the 4th installment in Stephenie Meyer's Vampire series (beginning with Twilight. Some critics are claiming that this series might be the next Harry Potter in the literary world of YA's. The Twilight movie is due out in December and features Robert Pattinson, who for those of you HP fans, also played Cedric Diggory from the HP films #4 & #5. Just to give you an idea of how popular this series is right now: I was #65 on the waiting list for the library by my house which has 4 copies, and #13 on the waiting list for Library X where I work.
Thought this was cool. The Green Earth Book Award Winners were announced for '08. This is for all…