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!
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!
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)?
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.