Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I was at work the other day making displays, and I was hit with a thought. Display making is a form of reader’s advisory. So is blogging. And I love both things to bits. They do, however, both take a different approach.
The reader’s advisor in a library takes into account the reader’s interest over their own. In blogging, it’s where the two overlap. I’m very passionate about both of these things, and want to find a way to bring them together.
Monday, February 13, 2017
For the last two, almost three, years I’ve worked in a public library.
I started at the bottom, as what we call a clerk—i.e. someone who shelves books—and have been working my way up.
I’ve been very lucky so far in my library career. I started off at quite a small branch in a kind, tight-knit community. The staff emulated this. They have always been so friendly, welcoming, and eager to teach. Through their guidance and support, I’ve been able to learn so much.
In this field, where I’m from, you must be part of the union. This brings its own baggage with it. Sometimes it works very well for you. But sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get a chance. But because of the support I received at the small branch, I was able to gain the experience necessary to apply for library assistant positions. And, eventually, I was able to get those positions.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
This is a tad overdue. However, 2016 was a landmark year for me in a lot of ways. Reflecting on this, here are the main things that stand out about my year.
I kept my New Year’s ResolutionIn 2016, in a very non-Beth fashion, I stuck to my guns and lost 40 pounds. I started off with weight watchers, then took things into my own hands. I completely changed my diet and my physical routine. Temporary diets don’t work. You have to make a lifestyle change. One that works for you! For me, “Everything in moderation” did not work… It definitely helped me to get started, but after that, until I got a handle on things, I needed to cut certain things out entirely. Eventually, I didn’t even miss them! Now I have treats every now and then but know that if I let myself, I could easily end up right back where I started.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Young Adult (with Adult crossover appeal)
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 15th, 2016 by Soho Teen
The story of a nomadic family, a reluctant son, and a psychopathic sister. What would you do if you saw danger in your ten year old sister that no one else did?
We follow seventeen year old Che as he navigates his new life in NYC. Never staying in one place longer than his first childhood home in Sydney, Australia, Che hates moving. All he wants to do is go back to Sydney, back to his friends.
Once Che starts to settle into his new city and his new boxing gym, he meets a girl that makes New York seem not so bad. The beautiful, powerful, lithe, muscular Sojourner—Sid to her friends. He also begins to make friends with the caustic Leilani, daughter of his parents’ friends and benefactors the McBrunights.
Che never truly feels settled though. No matter where he is, no matter how cool his friends, he can never escape his sister Rosa, and his desire to protect her—and protect others from her.