Ten Things I Saw Today

Posted in Conferences, Random at 11:38 pm by Janet

1. Nancy Pearl

2. A librarian knitting (Nancy Purl?)

3. A dirt bike gang

4. A woman carrying a rat on her shoulders

5. A dog on the light rail (with its owner)

6. A long line in front of Voodoo Doughnut

7. A bacon doughnut

8. A panic-attack inducing amount of books at Powell’s

9. A crazy giant pink awning on a store selling funky Asian stuff, but I can’t remember the store’s name. Anybody know what it is?

10. A giant dish of cassoulet


Wanted: New Literary Crush

Posted in Random at 6:56 pm by Janet

(This post has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, a holiday I try not to celebrate.) For the longest time I had a literary crush on John Green. I figured that if my crush were consummated, it would ruin John Green’s life for awhile, thereby giving him some new material. Now, as I get older and my life-ruining abilities slip away, I think I’m over John Green. Sorry, John, I know you’re heartbroken. I’m ready to move on. I need a new literary crush.  Unfortunately, I’m out of ideas. I need to find a writer, male or female, of any age, whose books make me laugh and cry and think really hard. An attractive jacket photo is a plus and a new author would be best. And it has to be someone who writes YA lit. A certain je ne sais quoi is required, obviously.

Any suggestions?


Excuse #3: Jasper!

Posted in Random at 11:03 pm by Janet

Many of you know that I have wanted a dog since I was, oh, nine months old. This November I FINALLY got a dog. His name is Jasper and he’s a year-and-a-half old Dachshund. Obviously I have to spend a lot of time doting on the little fellow.

Jasper is a very sweet social butterfly, but he can also be a little punk. He likes to chew on books. Does that mean he likes books? Or does that mean he hates them? Should I be embarrassed that this librarian’s dog treats books so poorly? Or proud of his good taste? Anyhow, Jasper demands to be the center of attention at all times, making it hard to blog sometimes. Or eat. Or shower. Or do anything. But we’re working on his manners and I hope that more blogging is in my future.

Excuse #2: Scratch

Posted in Random at 10:35 pm by Janet

This past year, my library, along with a few other libraries, has been participating in a grant to teach kids Scratch, a digital media design program.  I’ve been making up computer games and figuring out how to teach kids how to make them, too. It’s been quite fun but it’s spilled over into my nonwork/blogging time a bit.

Here are some of my projects. http://scratch.mit.edu/users/janetp

My favorites are the Snowman and the Magic 8 Ball. Seriously, go try it! I know you have important decisions to make–there’s nothing like a Magic 8 Ball to make important life decisions for you.

And here’s my favorite of the kids’ projects, the digital literary magazine. They wrote short stories, poems, and jokes and executed them in Scratch. http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us/kids/litmag/2009/digitalcafe/

The project is mostly over now, but if you come to PLA you can see me talk about it. Yikes!

Excuses, Excuses: Excuse #1

Posted in Random at 10:21 pm by Janet

Ooh, have I been a bad blogger! It’s been more than two months since I last posted. In my defense, I have some mighty good excuses. First of all, my internet connection was out from about mid-December until this Tuesday. I would like to extend a long pale middle finger to both Comcast and AT&T for that one. Now that I’m on the grid again, I hope to be blogging more regularly. But I do have some other excuses…

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