A Little Over Halfway

Life has been very, VERY, VERY busy lately. This year’s Summer Reading program at the library has absolutely exploded! I feel very blessed to serve such a wonderful community with so many thoughtful and appreciative patrons.

And the signs of a happy Summer Reading program have been scattered throughout the last month–a bottle rocket graveyard on the library roof; hands stained with paint after a successful craft; a cluttered office after Library Comic Con; and many, many smiling faces.

So it is little wonder I haven’t had much time for my blog. But today has been a nice quiet respite, and I thought it might be fun to do a post.

We’re about halfway through the year, and even though life has been busy, I’ve still found time to read. So, I thought… why not post a list of my top 10 favorite books of the year so far?

Best Books of the Year (So Far)

10. Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 4 by James Tynion IV

9.  Teen Titans, Year One by Amy Wolfram

8. Daredevil: Back in Black, Vol 3: Dark Art by Charles Soule

7. Spider-Man: City at War by Dennis Hopeless

6. Library Wars 15 by Kiiro Yumi

5. Sentient by Jeff Lemire

4. Spy Family 7 by Tatsuya Endo

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

2. How to Take Over the World by Ryan North

1. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

What have been your favorite books this year? Has anyone else read any of these on my list? What did you think of them?

Picture: Spider-Man perler bead craft from one of our library activities.

Halloween, Librarian Style

Happy Halloween, everyone!

At my library, we take Halloween very seriously—which translates to: Costumes all week!

It seemed only appropriate that I share mine: Ash from Pokémon, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, Velma from Scooby-Doo, Green Arrow, and 1950s.

Hope everyone has a spooky-fun holiday! I know I have a real terror ahead of me starting tomorrow: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). *Insert horror movie scream*

Summer Reading Memories

I don’t have too much to report on the writing front (yet), as I’m still tying up some post-Summer Reading loose ends. But, in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some more pictures from Summer Reading.

Good times. Good times.

Halfway Point

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of Summer Reading!!!

And it occurred to me… I’ve been sharing a lot about Summer Reading. (Or at least, I’ve been sharing how it’s been distracting me from writing.)

Wouldn’t it be more fun if I actually shared a bit about the program itself?

Or… even better… some pictures!

And, for a behind-the-scenes look…. You know you’ve had a successful program when your office looks like this afterward:

A Bit of Progress… and A Lot of Nerdiness on the Horizon

I actually had a bit of time to write this week. Not much, but I did have a nice rush going for a bit.

I’ve gone back to working on my old NaNoWriMo project from last year. I’ve had writer’s block with it, but I think I’m starting to get my groove back.

I’ve also worked on a little bit of poetry. It’s nice to have that kind of emotional outlet. Very freeing. I never should have stopped writing poems.

Summer Reading is still going strong, but I’m glad that I’ve been able to carve out a bit of time for the writing side of me.

Of course, the Library Comic Con is coming up soon…. It takes a TON of planning and prep, and, as the nerdiest librarian in all the land…. well, it’s kind of my baby. Patrons really enjoy it, and I love being able to give my fellow nerds a place to let their nerd flag fly. (There aren’t a ton of opportunities for that in rural communities.)

That’s going to be taking up most of my time.

Thank goodness I got some writing in this week!

Feeling a Bit Redundant

What’s new?

Not much.

I’m starting to feel like a broken record… (Wait. Do people still listen to records? Probably only nerds like me. A skipping CD? No, people don’t even listen to those any more. Umm….) I’m starting to feel like… a repetitive Spotify playlist?

Man that doesn’t have much of ring to it.

Anyway, point is: I feel repetitive. Redundant.

But I knew that was going to happen during Summer Reading. I write when I can. I don’t usually have much creativity or energy left after work these days, but every once in a while, a bit of inspiration will strike and I’ll take advantage of it.

Not bad news, but expected news.

Only one thing to do though: Keep moving forward.

First Summer Reading Program Down

Our library has officially held its first Summer Reading program… and wow! I think it’s safe to say that people are eager to get out now that COVID seems to winding down. (Knock on all the wood, cross my fingers, throw some salt over my shoulder, etc….) We had 73 total people (parents and kids) show up to our craft. In comparison, getting 50 patrons would normally be a big deal. So… wow!

And it was so much fun! We built birdhouses, and I was responsible for helping with the paint, glitter, and hot glue…. As evidenced by the below picture.

A big thank you to our community! Nothing makes a librarian happier than seeing people come together for something fun and positive! (And after last year… we need it)

I suppose it goes without saying that I didn’t get around to writing this week. Oh well… priorities. And, as a librarian, priority number one has to be Summer Reading.

And that just means… August will be a writing storm!

More Librarian Than Writer

Not much to report this week: Summer Reading is in full swing, and that means that I’ve changed my residence to the library for the time being. I have managed to write a little bit more, but, like I’ve said… my focus is more librarian than writer at the moment.

I wish I had more to say, but… have I mentioned we’re going to have foxes at the library? I’m so excited!

I mean, seriously… how adorable! Who wouldn’t get distracted from writing at the prospect of seeing foxes!!!