Showing posts from October, 2014

grateful for another year

Feeling truly blessed today. Nobody wants to work on their birthday, but today has been a blast, and yes, I have gotten very little done.
My staff surprised me with a cakeMy dear friend Liz sent me a stunning bouquet of flowersMom, Prairie Dawn, and I went to one of my fav restaurants in Sticks for lunchTwo of my favorite kiddos surprised me a homemade card and chocolate chip cookiesAnd I get to be dressed in costume (one of my favorite things to do!) because Sticks Trick o' Treat Night is tonight and our FRIENDS group throws a huge party for kids passing through
Feeling so grateful, grateful, grateful today; thankful for a job I love, folks who care about me, and health and happiness to appreciate every day of this grand life!

October morning mild


O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow. Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled, Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day; At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away. Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst. Slow, slow! For the grapes’ sake, if they were all, Whose leaves already are burnt with frost, Whose clustered fruit must else be lost— For the grapes’ sake along the wall. --Robert Frost I know I've shared this poem here before, but it's one of my favorite poems and I love to reread it every year, multiple time a year. And since today is my birthday I can do whatever I want, right?

Off to a long day at work, as we have our FRIENDS of the Library Halloween Party in…
"Among the Rocks"
Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,       This autumn morning! How he sets his bones To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet For the ripple to run over in its mirth;       Listening the while, where on the heap of stones The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.
That is the doctrine, simple, ancient, true;       Such is life’s trial, as old earth smiles and knows. If you loved only what were worth your love, Love were clear gain, and wholly well for you:       Make the low nature better by your throes! Give earth yourself, go up for gain above!  --Robert Browning
Another lovely poem for another lovely autumn morning.  Heading out soon for a gathering of Adult Librarians at the Upper Sandusky Community Library, where we will discuss creative programing for Adults in the Library--being a Library Director in a small library means wearing many hats. Looking forward to a day of brainstorming...and an excuse for a drive on the meander…

fires in the fall

Fall is happening all around us and I feel so grateful that I've seen so much of it's glory this year; the colors over our campsite when the leaves were first bursting, and then last weekend as cover and forest bedding for us as we hiked lovely Hocking Hills! Last weekend I went home and to the town of Fenton, MI, where I grew up and was greeted by downtown Fenton in full autumn regalia. Beautiful beautiful! With fall on the brain I've been seeking out more poems that celebrate this favorite season of mine! Here's a gem:"Autumn Fires"In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, The grey smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!--Robert Louis Stevenson

Hocking Hills

Our weekend away was lovely. I took a half day on Friday and after 3 hours of fall colors alongside the roads meandering south and east, I wound up at the house we were renting. Right around the time I finished unloading my car and stowing all the food in the fridge, A3 and company were pulling up, followed 5 minutes later by Beth, Ben, and Everett, who'd traveled from the Farm in Massachusetts. 
The weekend was typical Midwest fall: colorful, blustery, rainy at times, perfect for being snuggly tucked away in a lovely house with friends and family. We were able to find a pocket of time when it wasn't raining and headed to Hocking Hills for a couple hours of camping. The kids were EXCELLENT the whole hike and only slightly fussy as we were trying to coordinate lunch.
Such a good weekend, though it did get me missing living closer to my brother like I did when I was in the Cleveland area, and also made me miss my dear Farm friends and life in New England. If only there were mor…

another fun weekend

By the time you're reading this I will be on the open road, heading northeast for a weekend I've been looking forward to for about 6 months! My brother A3, sister-in-law Dayna, and niece and nephew, and friends Beth & Beth and their baby Everett and I have rented a house for the weekend near Hocking Hills State Park.

So excited to see my dear friends and meet their new baby! So excited for lots of laughs, shared meals, time with people I love, hiking, and fall colors!

What are you doing this weekend?

new library card holders


Star Wars READS Day

Star War READS Day was this past Saturday, but since neither Prairie Dawn or I was working, we bumped it to Monday afternoon. We had a blast(er) making themed crafts and enjoying snacks (made by my awesome friend Baker Sarah): Jabba Jiggler Jello, Jedi Juice, Stormtrooper cupcakes, and Wookie cookies.

Star Wars READs is great because different book sellers offer freebies (Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing) like posters or displays, which you can use and give away (we received at least 15 of every poster) and the Jabba the Puppet display is AWESOME and will be used again for our next party.

A great way to keep abreast of things for next year is to like Star Wars Reads on Facebook!

camping, conference wind-down

After 2.5 days in Columbus I wanted to:
*Move to Columbus! I miss living near(er) to a big, happening city!
*Eat at the North Market everyday; Stuffed cabbage and chicken/cheese balls at Hubert's Polish Kitchen, sandwiches and pickles from the barrel at Katzinger's Little Deli, strawberry buttermilk ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
*Have a roommate again--sharing a room with Prairie Dawn for a couple nights was a blast and made me miss the camaraderie of housemates
*Spend hours (decades!) at The Book Loft of German Village
*Have a croissant and quiche every day at Pistacia Vera in German Village

The conference was great, as was the digs (the Columbus downtown Hilton), and it was definitely hard to leave this happening city, but I was excited to head points north and west for a weekend of camping with ChicagoBoy.

ChicagoBoy and I met up at the State Park, Chain O' Lakes, in Albion, Indiana; the weekend was a perfect blend of fall colors: golds, crimsons, sharp…

post conference

Feel like I've been so busy, leading up the Ohio Library Council (OLC)'s Expo it was all about the Expo, post-Expo it's been about playing catch up with things I let slip a little.

The Expo was FANTASTIC! Not only did I make lots of new library friends, and some are actually not too far from us--SCORE!--but I also participated in my first Battledecks!

Battledecks is a competition where contestants get a certain amount of time (5 minutes in our case), 12 powerpoint slides, and a topic (ours was taken from Sessions presented at OLC). You must cohesively present your slides, describing how they fit in with your topic, and of course the slides are of the most bizarre and ridiculous pictures. It was so much fun and some of them were hysterical! Definitely want to participate in it again next year!

So, my talk? It went great! I had about 25 people attend (not terrible for 8:30a.m.) and received loads of great feedback and was even asked to consider presenting it again at one of …


Prairie Dawn and I are just about to leave for the OLC (Ohio Library Council) Expo.
Did I mention I'm speaking?
Did I mention I'm nervous?!

Busy week! We're gone until Friday, then as soon as I get back I change, dump my bag and reload it with camping gear and head out. ChicagoBoy and I are camping in Indiana this weekend at Chain O' Lakes State Park (can we say it's going to be freezing?!) My only hope is that while I was packing for both the conference and camping, at the same time last night, that I put the right clothes in my bag, or I'm going to be looking pretty silly presenting...

Tweeting like a bird

I finally broke down and joined Twitter, mostly because A. I'm bored. B. I've been feeling in a funk lately. 3. I need an outlet for my sarcasm.

So, find me on Twitter @MMLnomnom

the Dean's List

I love my best friend, Lisa, who ALWAYS finds great articles for me on all sorts of subjects, but especially on literary things. Now that I've read about Fr. Neenan and his epic Dean's List I've become inspired to do one of my own!  SOON...

Connecticut library jobs

I remember how hard it was finding library jobs when I was looking; feel like I spent entire afternoons just finding postings, hence why I like to pass along postings every once in a while. These are all in Connecticut:

Adult Services Assistant, Case Memorial

Director of Library Services, PT, Aldrich Free Public

PT Library Assistant, Farmington

Children's Services Dept. Head, Ridgefield