Archive for September, 2014


Get Your World Series History Here

It occurred to me recently it's almost time to think about scouring the Web for World Series tickets.

Wait a minute. Reality check. Sad to say, Chicago's two professional baseball teams -- the Cubs and the White Sox -- did not make this fall's Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs, scheduled to start soon. So I won't be on the hunt for playoffs or World Series tickets after all. (I won't rub it in by telling you just where our guys are in the standings.)

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Take a Reading Vacation

I'm a Youth Services Librarian and I love what I do. Getting kids excited about reading in all its forms is a terrific part of my job. But what happens when I feel uninterested in reading? I take a reading vacation! If you haven't been on one before consider taking one yourself.

How does a reading vacation work? First, it's not about the absence of reading. Instead, it's about taking the time to pick items you're truly interested in reading. I read a lot of kids books, from picture books to YA. It's part of our job in Youth Services to be familiar with lots of types of stories. It helps you out, as it did with me today, when a child asks you for the "crayon book with all the crayons on the cover" and you can pull up a picture of The Day the Crayons Quit and get an excited "YES" because that's the book she was thinking of. Kids books are amazing and I love reading them. But sometimes when I curl up with the hottest YA book at home, I feel like I brought work home with me. That's when I know it's time to put down my list of books I should read and bring up my list of things I want to read.

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