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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Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?

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Hello all!

Welcome to another dose of Weekly Tea Discussion! This week’s discussion question: Who is more realistic, YA books or Adult Fiction?

As we book lovers know, books always manage to reflect the world around us, no matter how fictional they are. But lately there has  been a slew of new books released that tie more closely to the cultural and political events that are happening around us, such as the New York Times Bestseller The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two books that surround the Black Lives Matter movement. There has been a huge cluster of YA books that are becoming more political, albeit becoming more realistic-well, this is an opinion of an article on LitHub.com.  With writers (younger writers) representing the younger voice in issues that matter to them, it would be easier to say that YA books are more realistic than literary fiction. But I don’t think that is necessarily true. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Is the Librarian Profession Overworking the Librarians?

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On a crisp, unusually warm February afternoon, I went out to lunch with a few of my co-workers/friends and other librarians. It was President’s Day and we had off, a rarity in our profession. This was like any other social gathering: talk about our personal lives, laugh about our personal lives…random stuff. But then we got to talking about our jobs, the feeling was universal: we felt drained and worn out. The same argument can be made about any profession.but the melancholy feel has been continuing for over a year and does not seem that it is dissipating anytime soon. As we through all of our problems and issues on the table, we were left with uncertainty on who was really to blame. But one of my friends asked an interesting question that I am asking for this week’s discussion: is the librarian profession overworking the librarians?

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Weekly Tea Discussions Have Their Own Page!

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Love reading my weekly tea discussions? Well, now you can find them all one one page! You can find all my weekly tea discussions here:

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Why Are People Afraid of the Arts?

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Two days ago, President Trump announced a proposal budget that would cut funding to arts and education programs. This would propel the elimination of four independent cultural agencies – the National Endowment for Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio such as PBS and NPR. While these and other vital organizations are forced with devastating proposed cuts, it didn’t stop the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs receive an increase in their funding.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Credit: Los Angeles Times

I have nothing against veterans. I strongly believe those who fight for our country should receive funding that will give them the support they need. But more money going towards basically war and violence is an atrocity and this is coming from a man who most likely wouldn’t know a piece of art or an open book if it was literally right in front of him. Unfortunately, this was bound to happen here in America. We as a country place anything ahead of the value if the arts and education. The arts always plays last fiddle to anything, whether it is technology, politics, or security. Which leads me to ask the question: why are people so afraid of the arts?

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