Tag Archives: literature

SoundCommentary.com – Your Wise Guide to Audiobooks

SoundCommentary is database of reviews of audio books.  It is sorted by department: biography, science fiction, children, short stories, etc.  They also have a healthy helping of young adult literature.

Every audio book’s entry indicates whether it is performed by an actor or by a full cast, as well as a review of moderate length.  Reviewers are mostly librarians, but also include individuals from the areas of teaching and publishing.

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No Flying, No Tights

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile from my little blog – but I do keep up with my google reader, at least.  I’ve been busy with my first annotated bibliography for my Fundamentals of Library Science summer course, and I’ve let my meager writing fall by the wayside.

My topic of research is graphic novels, and how they can be used in libraries to support literacy.  If you know of any cool websites, please write a comment about it; it would be most welcomed.

A librarian coworker highly recommended this awesome site called No Flying, No Tights, which includes great recommendations of graphic novels, based on age and genre.  I’ve explored it only a little, but so far, it looks like a great readers’ advisory (and personal reading) tool.  Tell me what you think.

My First Day as a Librarian Trainee

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As I discussed with one of my coworkers (one of the summer pages) during my break today, a career in libraries must really be the right path for me: for the last few months, my professional growth has progressed more smoothly than I could have ever hoped. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve recently been very blessed with two successive library jobs, along with acceptance to an MLS program. Thanks for letting me revel in the moment!

So, today was my first day working as a Librarian Trainee (“trainee” because I’m still working on my MLS degree.) I was nervous about not having many reference skills, but my fears were put to rest by my supportive coworkers. These lovely librarians guided me gently through my first day sitting at “the big desk.”

Here’s a sampling of all the interesting interactions I had with patrons today:

-registering kids for programs (ie, “baby boogie time,” such cute titles)
-signing kids up for computer stations
-finding Captain Underpants, Cam Jansen, and army-themed books on the shelves with kids
-helping parents schedule time to borrow museum passes (we have a very lucky library!)

I enjoyed the ebb and [very busy!] flow of my short shift.  Even though some parts of the day were more busy than I could handle alone, I felt so satisfied helping so many people today – and I was lucky enough that most of the patrons were very friendly and patient with my emerging know-how.  I’m really looking forward to my next shift on Friday, and to the next few months of learning on-the-job.  Cheers to a great first day as a children’s Librarian Trainee!

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My Book Review Talents are Award-Winning, according to weRead

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Last week, I wrote a review of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.  As usual, I posted it both on weRead (via Facebook) and on Smell the Ink @Wordpress.  A few days later, I received an e-mail from weRead via Facebook that I had won a prize, awarded for the best weRead review each day.  They called my review passionate – now how about that!

Daily winners receive at $25 credit at Lulu.com, an online bookseller that specializes in self-publishing, and sells amazon-type volumes as well.  Happily, I received my credit code and have started to browse Lulu’s expansive stocks.

If anyone is on the fence about writing reviews on weRead, I say give it a try.  There’s a prize every day, and a $50 prize for any user who writes the most reviews in a week.  Take a look at recent winners on the weRead Blog.  Either way, take a look at weRead (I use it through Facebook) and Flickr Flixster (also through Facebook); they’re a good way to keep on top of media you want to get your hands on.  Happy Reading!

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