Showing posts from July, 2015


This makes my heart so sad.

School districts in Ohio cutting librarians.

Song for Chicago

Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Feel The Illinoise!

meandering in the 'Burbs

Today was lovely. Hopped in my jalopy and drove around the Chicago suburbs. Stumbled upon this cute little town called Itasca, where you can catch the Metra to Union Station. Ate at a cute little diner called Daddy O's, where I filled up on delicious greasy diner food and that silently enjoyed the world's-my-oyster feeling that always creeps over me on days off. I love days off.
Found my way to the Itasca Library today. Awesome little library, very well organized and tidy. Snagged a couple of their kids and teen booklists--suggested reading lists are always a helpful thing for us to see, for when we're feeling uninspired. 

Next I found a Farmers Market in Schaumburg. The city, as well as the FM, were bustling. This is what I bought. 
Today has been grand. Already feeling eight million times more rejuvenated. Now off for some more of those sweet tomatoes and a book. 
Happy weekend all!

when it rains it pours

...literally and figuratively.

Sticks has gotten so much rain this summer that many farmers will lose portions of their harvest; yard and fields and basements are flooding everywhere. And in my life one stressful thing seems to keep happening  after another. I'm exhausted.

Summer Reading: our craziest, busiest time of year; months of preparation and 6 weeks of chaos and happy patrons. It was an amazing year with growth in all of our numbers, and we're pretty proud of how hard we worked and the great feedback we've received!
It was an amazing year:
466 people participated
92 programs over 6 weeks with 1,972 people attending
Thank God it's over!

The Building: I've been talking to our alarm company and HVAC guys more than I talk to my Mom. We've been having loads of weird issues with both our alarm and the air conditioning. Also, going through the process of getting appointments set-up for carpet cleaning, and interviewing cleaning companies as we're final…