Cup of Tea Talks About Anne

I had a great opportunity to be a guest on my friend’s podcast Perennials Podcast Book Club, where she has been reading chapters of the children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables. After her reading, she gives a nice commentary and invites other readers to come on the episode to discuss their thoughts on the read chapter and I was so lucky and honored to be part of it!

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Friday Debate: Are You Enjoying Work From Home?

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Friday Debate: Can We Separate the Artist From the Art?

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Friday Debate: #CancelCulture

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How to Run an Unsuccessful Summer Reading Program

Are you a manager or director of a library? Are you having your librarians run a Summer Reading program at your library? If you want to run a summer reading program that looks good on paper but leaves your librarians ragged and disillusioned, here are some sure-fire ways that will make your program NOT a success: Continue reading “How to Run an Unsuccessful Summer Reading Program”

Sorry, Black Panther Will Not Win an Oscar

Oscar season comes to an end tonight. Some anticipate watching to see which movie will win the best picture or which favorite actor or actress will win an award. Some look forward to watching the red carpet, all the fashion trends that will emerge. Whatever the reason, the night of the Oscars is a big night for the movie industry and millions of people tune in to watch.

I will not be one of those people. Continue reading “Sorry, Black Panther Will Not Win an Oscar”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Censorship

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Since Banned Books week is coming to a close, I thought discussing censorship would be a perfect way to end the week.

When this annual event occurs, it always amazes how underappreciated reading is in society. Really, think about it. Book lovers show appreciation for it all the time, but rest of the world? They take advantage of it and don’t really listen to what the words have to say.

Take a look at these frequently challenged books from the ALA. Can you imagine these books not being accessible to the public due to people having difficulties with what is being said. My answer to that:

Don’t read it.

As a human being, we were all endowed with free will, a choice. And we use that free will to ensure that we are making the right decisions for ourselves. So if there is something you don’t like that you are seeing or reading, that is your right. No one expects you to like everything you read. But you don’t have the right to prevent others reading from that said questionable reading material. In your opinion, you find it offensive and inappropriate but you can’t impose your own ideas on others.
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Weekly Tea Discussion: Joy of Jane

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I was never your average child reader. When I was young, for some reason, I was a type that was drawn to books that were older to me. Don’t get me wrong, I still read (and enjoyed) various children books such as Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, and the Babysitters Club. But there was just something about the classics that drew me in. However, for a young child, those books with small print and single-space text, called out to me. But it was intimidating. It was okay for me to hold it in my hand but to actually read it made me feel I wasn’t intelligent enough to read it. That all went away when I first met Jane Austen.  Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Joy of Jane”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries Reconnection With Reading

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It’s that time of year again. Temperatures rise, the sun seems to shine so much brighter, and summer reading arrives in full swing. Summer Reading, not only in schools, but a popular staple in public libraries. It is a special time where they really promote the great programs that occur and provide a great alternative of free summer activities that range from video game programs, art programs, movies, and knitting circles. And reading, of course.

But lately, I have noticed a change. While I worked at the library this past year, it will be 2 years this coming September, programs and initiatives that revolved around were severely lacking. I mean, there really was no accountability or little encouragement for people to participate in the challenge. However, an ongoing campaign at the library I work has made me question libraries’ true feelings about reading, which leads me to this week’s tea discussion, libraries sudden realization that they are institutions of reading. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries Reconnection With Reading”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Choosing Hobbies Over Work

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I took a short vacation this past week and a half and although I didn’t leave New York, a nice staycation was just what the doctor ordered. I read, I wrote, I visited places that either were for the first time or a place I haven’t been to in a long time. The past few months I have been extremely stressed and my anxiety being at high measures. This little reprieve allowed me to recharge and get back in the swing of things. 

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