Showing posts from September, 2008

what's her face

I should be writing about my hella-relaxing weekend but instead I am doing Which Teen Girl Squad Girl are you? personality tests.

I should have guessed...since like me...What's her face was "POSSUMED!"
You are Whats Her Face! You really are a loser. Your clothes smell like grandmas. Your friends pity you. You die in just about every episode. You have no self esteem, and for a good reason. Take some happy pills. "My blood hurts!"

fight for your right!

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2008: September 27–October 4
Banned Books Week was created to help celebrate one of our greatest American freedoms! Our right to expression! We celebrate Banned Books Week the last week of each September.

What does it all mean? What does it mean when someone says a book has been challenged? What does it mean if someone says a book has been banned?

Per the American Library Association,
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials...The positive message of Banned Books Week: Free People Read Freely is that due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection."

What you can do to celebrate your FREEDOM to read!
Feel like a V.P. candidate for a day: Go to your local library and ask about their challen…

making headway

Back a while ago I wrote about how I wanted to watch all the Oscar Winning Best Pictures. I have been trying. I get to tick a few more off on my list. Recently I've watched: Gentleman's Agreement : Gentlemans' Agreement was fabulous! I love Gregory Peck!! Peck was amazing as a reporter who pretends to be Jewish to get the true, inside perspective on anti-semitism in the U.S.! Such an interesting and insightful look into how bigotry surfaces. I would go so far as to say that some of these instances would still prove true in today's society. A really great flick overall!An American in Paris: I love watching Gene Kelly dance, and this was a fun movie, but I preferred Singing in the Rain to this. The ending was lovely as only movies made in a certain time period seem to be. Overall ok. Gigi: Holy crap! I didn't realize Gigi was being raised to be a whore (mistress) until the end of the movie. I was thinking the whole time it was more of a rag's to riches plot line,…

what's underneath the Scotman's kilt

Holy Moses! The title just came to is a song they used to sing at this Irish pub I frequented in college. It is an unbelievably gross and unrelated title for a blog about shortbread...but, hey...all things Scottish! Cheers!

I had been asked to share the recipe for the Scottish Shortbread from our cooking class. This is the form letter I sent home with the kids (Librarians--feel free to steal my idea) The recipe had been quartered from it's original measurements:

Tonight _________________________ successfully began the (dry goods) steps to making Scottish Shortbread. They measured into their bags:
1/16 Cup light brown sugar 4 teaspoons powdered sugar ½ cup flourWhat they are going to do at home (WITH PARENT SUPERVISION!) is: Cream a ¼ cup of butter (this is done by beating the butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth) While you are creaming the butter, slowly pour in the dry mixture of brown sugar, powdered sugar and flour Once everything is thoroughly mixed in togethe…

wonderful way to say goodbye to summer

This weekend was one of those amazing weekends: the weather was wonderful and I was able to be outside in it; I spent time with my family and they didn’t drive me nuts; and I was able to hang with friends all weekend. A good weekend, and yet, such full weekends fly by so quickly. Too quickly.

Friday night Chris, Vic and another acquaintance went and saw the new Deniro/Pacino movie, “Righteous Kill,” per Chris’ wishes. I have to say I was surprised. I was really prepared to not like the movie, and had already written it off as a dude flick, but I have to say I enjoyed it. A little police drama was a nice change of pace from all the chick flicks and comedies I have been watching as of late.

Earlier in the week I had planned a picnic at one of the parks near my house—a beautiful, sprawling 6+ acre park. So, Saturday A3 picked me up and we headed over and met up with my Mom, A1 & bro-in-law M, Monster Niece S & Monster Nephew A, Chris, best friend K, best friend L, L’s kids L&A…

singing Hallelujah at work!

A couple of months ago when we were in the midst of summer reading, and slightly stressed out, I had a good laugh when I found a note on my desk, affixed to a videotape. The note read:

“This film is from the Children’s section and apparently contains some footage about ‘musical condoms’ and other children’s video inappropriate material.”
So, we popped the movie into a TV/VCR that we had in the back offices and fast forwarded until we found said “inappropriate material.” The narrator told us about the ever important creation of a “Hallelujah” singing condom.
Singing condoms. Singing condoms in a kids movie. singing condoms in a kids movie titled “Important Discoveries: the way things work.”
Yep. Fitting name for that movie.

storytimes, Africa, Scotland and Beowulf--just a typical week

Haven't written about life in Library La La Land in a bit.
Things have been busy.

We began our Fall programs last week and work has been crazy. We are still getting settled into our new office space, unpacking and repositioning things to make it cozy, since our space is a little smaller. My storytimes are going great. I am again doing the baby group (newborns-14mos olds) and again doing the younger toddlers (15mos-23mos). My babies group is ok; the Moms are all a little quiet, but my toddler group is fantastic! I have very participation-based parents/grandparents coming, and the group has been huge for the past 2 weeks.

The baby group is working with the themes: colors, shapes and numbers, so I have incorporated a couple of my favorites (some Eric Carle books) : Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Polar bear, polar bear and My very first book of numbers. The toddler group is working with the themes: Fairy tales & Nursery rhymes, so we have been using some classic stories: The Gingerbread Man

Composting 101

The Sierra Club Detroit Metro Chapter has the topic: Composting 101 in September. So, if you are a Greenie and would like to stop in for a lunch and discussion on composting, please check out:Bean and Leaf Cafe at 106 S. Main St. in Royal Oak Wed., Sept. 24th, 12-1:30PM
Learn how to turn your yard and food waste into nutrient-rich soil. Join Clean Water Action, the Sierra Club and the Bean and Leaf Cafe on the last Wed. of the month and learn about current environmental issues and what you can do to make a positive change in Michigan's environment. Pick up a tasty and healthy lunch from the Bean and Leaf Cafe while enjoying a special guest speaker!Or, join the Sierra Club for:Also coming up next week is Bus Me Out to the Ball Game!Monday, September 22nd. Show your support for public transportation and the home team. Join us as take the SMART Bus to the Kansas City/Tigers game. We'll all meet along Woodward Ave and ride the Smart Bus down to the game t…

oh, my Gentle Jesus

Oh, my Gentle Jesus! I think I found a Halloween costume that is the end all, be all. I nearly peed myself when I found this while doing some shopping at Oriental Trading Company's website for Library X's Halloween party. It is Count Chocula of children's breakfast cereal fame. (Though do the eyebrows remind anyone else of that guy on the Munsters?) This costume can be found here.

recycling gardening supplies

This was passed on from one of my fellow Greenies, Mary. For you metro Detroiters who recycle! This is information from Goldner Walsh Nursery:

"Have you ever considered how many plastic pots and flats end up in landfills? We think far too many and we’re doing something about it! Goldner Walsh Garden & Home has opened Oakland County's first public collection center for used plastic garden pots and flats. Thanks to new technology, our collection center can accept any plastic container – no matter what type of plastic. This project, a part of our Green Initiative, is leading the way to encourage environmentally responsible management of garden plastics. We will recycle thousands of pounds of petroleum-based plastics that would otherwise end up in local landfills.
Here are few key points about the program:

Pots and flats need to be free of debris and neatly stacked Pots/flats do not have to be washed.We will reward participants by entering them into a monthly drawing for prizesG…

Post September 11th

I didn't post anything about September 11th, though I was thinking of it all day long. I read the most fascinating article from the New York Times about the United States post September 11th. If you missed it, check this link out.

urban slang

Too good to not share. While sharing the link to Urban Dictionary w/a friend, I went hunting for some fun new slang to try and throw around the library...well, maybe not. But, I loved this new definition I found.

Asshat: "A person, of either gender, whose behavior displays such ignorance/obnoxiousness that you would like to make them wear their own ass as a hat. "
Usage: "Can you believe that my boss is making me stay until 9 pm on a Friday!?" "What an asshat."

30 Books to read before you turn 30

I totally stole this list from Miss C. I love lists (I think I have said it before...I will say it again!) :

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – check
1984 by George Orwell – Will have to try again. Couldn't get into this one.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – The reason I wanted to become a lawyer after I read this when I was 11.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – Have not read
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – Have not read
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Saving for winter...when it is cold and depressing outside.
The Rights of Man by Tom Paine – I had to read parts of this in college. Snore. Will have to try again.
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Have not read
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – Have not read
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – Have not read
The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton – Have not read
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – Have not read
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham – Have not read
The Art of…

mindset list

Beloit College puts out this list every year for the professors to have a sense of their students. I love reading lists. I love making them too. I also loving adding my two cents to things, so while reading this I added a couple comments. Students entering college for the first time this fall were generally born in 1990.
For these students, Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson, Ryan White, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Krueger have always been dead.Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team. (No, actually. Harry's birthday was July 31, 1980. He could have graduated high school with me. Yeah...I'm that freak!) Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties. (And people all over the world have been living out there being-Chaka-Khan fantasies!)They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego. (That was the best video game ever (that they let us play at school!). Close second: Oregon Trail. What the hell...did you ever notice that …

August Reviews in September

Gone, baby, gone is another month (and a movie with a bad ending). As always I am looking back on it wondering where it went. Thought I would throw out some reviews for books read and movies watched.
Twilightby Stephenie Meyer approximate age: Young Adult, Adult So, since the movie is coming out and there was so much hype about the release of Breaking Dawn, and since every librarian I know has read one or all of the books I thought I should get on the band wagon. I like to try and read books or series that are popular so I have an informed opinion about them, so, I read Twilight.
Umm…I don’t know what I was expecting when I started the book, so I’m still not sure how I felt about it. I think a major part of the reading experience is where you are at in life when you read it, that’s why they write books on every subject. I think I would have absolutely loved, loved, loved this book when I was early on in high school and really into Anne Rice's vampire books. Don't get me wrong.…

obese squirrels on the roof

I have been meaning to post some entries I had written a while ago and finally can do that today. This entry was written Labor Day weekend!

It is the day before Labor Day and I am enjoying the first quiet and solitude I have felt in a very long time. I feel like I have been constantly going for a few weeks—a pattern that I do so I can have mindless activity sometimes when sinking into my own thoughts can be too sad—and I am tired and in need of some peace. And that is why today is a good day. So, here I sit, reflecting on the past couple weeks and listening to the sound of what I can only assume are obese squirrels on the roof shingles overhead.

Library Land update: we have been closed for 3 weeks for some updating at Library X. New carpet, fresh paint and the shifting of some of the collections a tad here and there; all to be done over the course of this time frame, which ended Friday. Library X reopens on Tuesday, hopefully with everything done. Friday was crazy. Most of the staff was…

from the Bible belt of Alaska

I am liking this lady less and less.

Here is an article about Sarah Palin when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

My favorite paragraph reads,

"Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. 'She asked the library how she could go about banning books,' he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. 'The librarian was aghast.' That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor."

Hey, Palin, libraries are about free thought!

Palin on aerial hunting

Not only am I an environmentalist, I am also an animal lover. That is why I was saddend when I read of V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin (former Govenor of Alaska) and her support of aerial hunting in Alaska.

Thanks Amos for the link to the Defender's of Wildlife Action video/website!

I did some more reading on the subject and found this link, which has letters between citizens and various environmental/hunting agencies of Alaskan government. One standout thing was a letter from an Alaskan citizen who wrote to Palin to protest against aerial hunting. (The document is 26 pages long, but the letter is on page 4!)

I found this article, which goes into detail as to why some western states use the practice. (Helps with cutting down on sheep deaths caused by coyotes).

For more info on Alaskan game: practices and tips and that sort of information, try: Alaskan Wildlife Conservation website

A very helpful Defenders of Wildlife Q&A about aerial hunting found here.

If you want to sign the petition to…

protect our forests!

I am a big environmentalist. Really. You can ask my friends. I make them bring me any thing that can be recycled and I put it out at the curb.(God bless our city for recycling!) All that recycling to put out and "pollute our driveway," as Roomie M might say. Yep. And, so I read a lot about conservation, etc. I read things from National Audbon, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, Nature & Land Conservancy and National Geographic.

I thought this was an interesting article, and Lord knows, I love sharing articles.

You can click here, to read this story, "Roadless Forests Back in the Crosshairs," from The Wilderness Society. I wanted to at least post some of the highlights featured in this article about why it is important to preserve our spaces.

A few of the many reasons to go roadless:
Roadless forests provide top-quality havens for fish and wildlife, including habitat for more than 1,600 threatened and endangered plant and animal species…

Kwame to resign!

Praise Jesus! Someone announced this yesterday at work; everyone was glad for the news. It finally feels like there may in fact be some silver lining to that Detroit cloud.

From an NPR News in Brief article:

Detroit Mayor Pleads Guilty To Obstruction; Will Resign

"Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice charges, agreeing to resign from office in the nation's 11th largest city as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Kilpatrick, 38, will serve four months in jail in a case that stems from the firing of a deputy police chief. He and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in the firing.

Kilpatrick must also pay $1 million in restitution and serve five years of probation.Beatty did not plead guilty and will appear in court on Sept. 11."