beauty in clumsy fragility

Brave Wednesday & an Announcement

Welcome to this week’s Brave Wednesday! Above you will see the sketch I’m sharing with you today. It is somewhat cropped by WordPress to fit the space allotted, so here is a link to the complete image. I believe I’ve spoken in the past about my propensity for sketching my right hand (I’m left handed,…

Library Moments: An Interesting Request

“I’m looking for something for my daughter about character development.” This is the kind of open ended reference request that can lead you all sorts of places. As I learned during the ensuing conversation, this mother wasn’t exactly sure what she was looking for, but wanted to start conversations with her daughter, age 5, about…

Characters free from stereotypes

Books written for early readers are built with simple characters. This is good for emerging readers. They can come to appreciate running gags, as a character does the same thing in different scenes. The simple character can be described with few words, and takes does not take long to feel that the character is a…

lightning strikes

Book Reviews: lightning round

For your enjoyment and edification, I offer you a lightning round of one sentence reviews of the children’s novels I’ve read so far this summer: The Amaranth Enchantment, by Julie Berry¬†Fun fantasy arranged in a standard evil stepmother and girl-finds-a-prince format. The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando¬†YA suspense novel fails to deliver on its promised intrigue….

ariel view of person with sun hat reading outdoors next to a dog

Summer Reading

It’s August, and the last week of the summer reading programming we run here at the library. Soon I’ll change all of our displays for back to school season. I’m a bit sad about the summer slipping away. Mostly, though, I’m proud of the kids. The children here in our community read terrifically this summer!…