Summer Reading 2018

As a parent and librarian, I’m very excited about summer reading programs. Here are three easy and fun programs in the Portland/Vancouver area in case any of our local friends want to join in.  And I’m hopeful that if you’re not local, your own cities have similar programs! Hooray for reading!


Brothers reading.

1) Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries’ Summer Reading – register online or in person and earn prizes for reaching 15, 30, and 45 day reading goals. (Ends Aug. 31.) Adults are eligible too!

2) Barnes & Noble Summer Reading – Right now Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary is in the top 10 list of participating schools at the Vancouver location! Kids who read 8 books and turn in a journal get to pick out a free book from a selected list of age-appropriate books, and the top 10 schools also get great prizes. Let’s keep MGAES in the top 10! (Ends Sept. 3.)

3) Powell’s Books has a bookmark kids can pick up, fill in in with six book titles they’ve read, and return and redeem for a $5 Powell’s gift card. We picked up a bookmark and lost it or washed it in last week’s laundry, but next time we’re there, we’ll bring a list of books the kids have read to fill in and redeem on the spot!


2016 Book Lovers’ Gift Guide

I decided to create my Book Lovers’ Gift Guide a little early this year. Here are some of my favorite finds for the librarian, English major, or just general book lover in your life.


  1. Podcast Co-Host Top in Bookworm from my new fav, Mod Cloth. Their clothes are made to fit real women!
  2. I love these adult size Very Hungry Caterpillar socks from old fav Out of Print.
  3. Books Turn Muggles into Wizards travel mug from the Harry Potter Alliance.
  4. I love this Emily Bronte quote, and a framed version would look great in my office.
  5. This ideal feminist bookshelf painting would also look great in my office! Can you tell my office walls feel a little bare? libraryprint
  6. I love this print called “I Saw Her in the Library.” slashgame
  7. As soon as heard about this card game, I knew it had to go on my wish list. Now to find people to play it with! Players compete to create the best romantic fan fiction pairing from favorite characters from pop culture, history and literature. A co-worker says it’s like Cards Against Humanity for pop culture nerds. Perfect!

Anything else I should add to this list? What do you get for the book lover in your life (or better yet, what’s the last thing you bought for yourself that you absolutely loved)?

Thanks for reading Day 4 of NaBloPoMo! NaBloPoMo November 2016

Read other NaBloPoMo posts here:
Day 3: Once Upon a Hong Kong Winter
Day 2: Parenting Hacks
Day 1: Created Equal 

The 2014 Librarian Gift Guide

Do you have a librarian or book lover in your life? This gift guide will help you pick out a wonderful and unique present for her. Need a birthday gift? Anniversary gift? Christmas present? Check out these great gifts below (and husband, if you’re reading this, I’ll take one of each!).

Need more ideas? Here’s two other librarian gift guides from years past: Librarian Gift Guide Part 1 and 2.

Check out this Mockingbird bird house. How meta! ($120)Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 12.50.04 PM

Card catalog curtains? Yes, please! ($17.95)

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Get comfy with a good book and good book pillow. ($9.99)

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This map of literary Britain and Northern Island would look great framed on an office wall. ($18.82)

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And what about t-shirts? Every librarian needs a few good tees to show off her love of books! I love this ode to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. ($26)Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 1.00.54 PM

And finally, I love this reasonably priced duvet from Ikea. ($19.99)

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2013 Librarian Gift Guide

Do you have a librarian or book lover on your list to buy for this year? Start with the gift guide I began here and read on! You don’t have to spend much to satisfy the book nerd in your life – trust me: as a librarian, I’d love anything on this list, including these DIY ornaments. And there’s always the possibility of a book raid at your local second-hand store. There’s nothing more fun that used-book shopping with a friend!

The End bookend, $33.94The End Book endPunctuation Mark Pillows, $29.50 each

Punctuation Mark PillowsThis thesaurus mug is everything (the best, fabulous, insert exclamation point here), $8.95

Thesaurus Mug


I love these dictionary TOMS, $54

Dictionary TOMSAny of these new necklaces from Out of Print would be a good choice. I really like this Alice in Wonderland necklace, $32Alice in Wonderland necklace


The Library candle and diffuser collection is a neat way to interpret our literary heroes. I like the Emily Dickinson travel candle, $8Emily Dickinson Travel Candle

Kate Spade has some great library-related accessories in their current collection, from a library scarf, to cute glasses earrings and a dictionary wallet. I’m partial to the bright red glasses earrings, $48 Kate Spade earrings red glasses

For more ideas, check out my Book Lovers’ collection on Luvocracy.


What Happens in Vegas

Yesterday, after a great day of lectures, I decided to brave The Strip. A friend had never been to Vegas before, so I felt it was my duty to show her around. And it was fine because the entire time we kept telling each other things like,
“I hope these foreign tourists don’t think the rest of America is like this,” and
“Why did they bring their baby?!?” And
“OMG, that lady is pregnant. She must be miserable,” and
“It’s so loud. It’s so crowded,” and
“Did that DUI patrol van just pull over a cab?”

We did go to the Bellagio, which is beautiful if you can forget it’s also a casino.

The seasonal art installation was quite spectacular, except for the creepy talking trees.



And then we walked to the Venetian, because who doesn’t want to see a fake gondola?


I can honestly say that unless I have a very good reason to go back – like for work, or a wedding – I don’t need to go to Vegas ever again.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read


It’s Banned Books Week, which means it’s time to bring out your copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games and Lady Chatterly’s Lover, since all of those books, and many, many more, have been challenged for some reason or another.

Have you read Eleanor & Park, the fabulous YA novel by Rainbow Rowell? If you haven’t you should. It’s so, so wonderful and exactly the kind of novel teens need. Because we are all awkward and we all have insecurities, especially during our teen years. There’s a big Banned Books Week discussion happening around this book right now – you can read about the censorship issues and the importance of this book here and here. So go check it out of your library and celebrate that your librarians cared enough to order it and keep it on the shelves in your community.

What’s your favorite book that’s made it on to the list of challenged books?

What Does a Professor Look Like?

There’s an interesting discussion happening in library land about what to wear at work, particularly as a leader or manager. Librarian in Black has an excellent post on the subject, as does Agnostic, Maybe.

This made me start thinking about what a professor looks like. Now that I’m teaching, I’ve ditched my jeans and TOMS for long-neglected heels and dresses. I’m a dressed-up version of me because I want to look the part. I want my students to respect me. I always complain about looking too young and blending in with my students. I figure dressing up can’t hurt.

The hard part is that we don’t have a dress code…at all. I’ve seen other professors wearing jeans, even shorts! I can guess which area of law professors teach by how they dress: the East Coast profs wear suits to teach. The environmental and animal law profs don’t. For the most part, I suppose you could call it “Portland business casual.”

I’m trying to remember what my professors wore in college, law school and library school. It all sort of blends into one blur of suits, skirts and cardigans. I’m not willing to put on a suit when I teach. On the other hand, you won’t catch me in Crocs or flip flops either.

What does a professor look like? What does a librarian look like? Me.