I’m so happy that my team, “Libraries 4 Jobs,” has been selected to participate in this years ILEAD USA festivities in Springfield, IL. Our grant will help discover how small businesses and libraries can work together to help job seekers gain education and employment. We, along with other teams from Illinois will travel to the Illinois State Library three times this year to attend conferences and seminars and to meet with our mentor. Each week we will present a poster to the other teams and at the end of the year we will present our completed project to our communities. I am so happy to have the Berwyn Development Corporation acting as my mentor too. I can’t wait to learn all these new things that will benefit my library and help people find jobs! I’m also looking forward to visiting Springfield, I haven’t been there since I was a kid.
Read more about ILEAD here
Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher. No, really he is…
I loved this movie and plan to read all of Lee Child’s novels. How to describe him? The thinking person’s Equalizer? A military-ish Jack Kerouac? When the chips are down and bad guys are after you, you want him on your side. He lives off the grid, he owns nothing but a fold-up toothbrush and the clothes on his back. Why don’t you buy another shirt? Someone asks him. Because then soon I’d have a suitcase and a mortgage and a savings account, he replies.
Check him out and tell me what you think!
Prior to the last few months, if someone asked me where the New Adult books were, I’d send them upstairs to the new fiction books. But maybe not so fast! New Adult is a new genre for readers between YA and A. Confused? Read on…
What is better than the end-of-the-year Best Books Lists! Here are some great ones, mostly featuring my favorite genre to read, Young Adult Fiction. I found a bunch of great books to put on my “To Read” list and I hope you do too!
The YA/MG Book Awards from The Atlantic Wire
and from The Hub at YALSA, The 2013 Morris Award Finalists
Ghosting by Kirby Gann
While not about ghosts exactly, there is plenty of terror and fear and baring of truth in this novel. I’ve always been interested in the figures of outcasts who live in the peripherals in books like Boo Radley and Bertha. They are very different from characters who are outcasts but are the centers of books around whom the story evolves like Holden, Frankie and the unnamed Monster whom Frankenstein created. What would happen if a band of outcasts banded together to find one of their own? Definitely one of the best books to read this year!
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
I can’t stop thinking about this book. What would happen if the world slowed down and clock time had no meaning because during the span of 24 hours, the sun may not set at all and daylight lasted for a week of longer? How would society adapt? Find out and read this book!
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
If you love animals and are in awe of their ability to love and forgive despite the many cruelties they suffer at human hands, you have to read this book. One of my all time favorites that I pick up from time to time thinking I’ll just read a page or two but end up rereading the entire book. Ranger and Calico Cat are heroes and in my heart forever.
Tell me what books you loved this year?