Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Your Radar (5)

Title: What to Say Next 
Author:  Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
Diverse Characters 
Navigating Society
The Notebook
Social Interactions
Finding your people 
Being Yourself

I loved Julie's YA debut, Tell Me Three Things, so I was happy to receive the ARC for What to Say Next - and it's amazingly good.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for Review

Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for All Libraries! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Picture Book Review: Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Madame Chapeau makes one of a kind hats for her shop - they're all unique and suited for the buyer. But when she's headed to her birthday dinner with her favorite hat, disaster strikes. A crow snatches her hat. Although many people offer her their hats to wear, none of them are quite right - until one of them is perfect.
A heartwarming tale about hats made with love and a strong community who help each other out. Great illustrations - and if they seem familiar, this is the team from Rosie Revere, Engineer

I love hats, so it's no surprise that I loved this book. Just an adorable read filled with fashionable hats and a sweet message. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Words that Make me Skip a Book

This week's topic is the opposite of last week's: words that make me skip a book immediately. 
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 
Sad / Depressing

What about you? What are your book turn offs?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Defy the Stars Blog Tour

About the Book:
Defy the Stars (Book 1)
By Claudia Gray
Published by Little, Brown and Co.
In stores April 4th, 2017
Young Adult Sci-Fi

Our worlds belong to us.

She's a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She's willing to risk anything--including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.

He's a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that's begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.

About the Author
Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

Official Links + Social Media
Visit the Official Site
Follow TheNOVL on Twitter and Instagram
Follow Claudia Gray on Twitter
Hashtag #DefytheStars

Explore the Defy the Stars Universe
Check out an infographic of the Defy the Stars universe.
What’s your place in the future? Take the quiz!
Read the first chapter on Entertainment Weekly!

You could win! (I partnered with Little, Brown to share this giveaway)
Defy the Stars!
One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of Defy the Stars
  • $25 Visa gift card to forge your own path!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Baby Shower Books to Gift

While baby showers happen all year round, it seems like this time of year, they happen more. I always like to buy books for gifts (Librarian) and I know it's popular for the hostess to ask everyone to bring a book to start off the child's library.

And you get multiple copies of Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or Moo Baa La La La - all of which are fine books, but you don't need four copies of each.

Here's what I like to gift:

First mostly board books, for endurance.

Second, I LOVE the touch and feel books and there are So Many to chose from.  There's lots of pieces to touch and interact with the child.
Title: Baby Touch and Feel: Mealtime, Author: DK Publishing

Third: I Love concept books, it's never to early to learn, especially those from National Geographic. They have bright colors and great photographs.
 Title: National Geographic Little Kids Look and Learn: Bears, Author: National Geographic Kids

Fourth, I Love these classic stories told as board books. They're not a retelling of the story, just using bits from the story as an introduction.
Title: A Little Princess: A BabyLit® Friendship Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams     Title: Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit® Places Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams

Hope this helps!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life

Katie's dream has been to always live in London. Only once she's arrived, it's not exactly how she pictured it. Her commute is way too long. Her flat is tiny and her flatmates are terrible. She has no money and no friends. But more importantly, her job is a nightmare.

Her boss, while impressive, isn't the best person to work for. She actually forgets that she didn't fire Katie.

Katie's forced to let go of her London dream and return home to her family farm. She lies to her Dad and Stepmother, saying she's taking a sabbatical from work to help them get their business off the ground.

When her former boss comes for a holiday at the farm, this could be Katie's moment to get revenge or get back her dream of living in London.
My Thoughts: It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did, I really liked it. I wasn't crazy about Demeter at first, but I have to admit she grew on me. I really liked Katie when she wasn't trying to be Cat (a sophisticated London girl) but rather herself. I liked how her confidence grew as she was home on the farm helping out her family. She had great ideas, especially marketing ones. I loved her family - they were sweet and funny. I did like how Katie tried for revenge on her former boss and how she used ploys to manipulate her former boss - but also how that failed. I wasn't expecting that ending, but I loved it. I loved the message that what's on social media is a representation (often misleading) of someone's life and I love how the changed. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Great for public libraries - perfect for their New Adult sections. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Design Thinking Overview

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 Yesterday I attended a workshop by Linda Braun about Design Thinking for libraries.

Here's what I learned 

Design thinking consists of five steps as show above:
Empathize: listen to your patrons, learn from them, and trust them
Define: Identify a problem
Ideate: let those creative juices fly
Prototype: Create a sample
Test: Will this idea work?

The most important part of the process is Empathizing

We all think we might know what our patrons what, but without talking to them, how will you really know? How will you know what's best for the community if you only see people inside the library?

Rethinking our questions to How might we...?

Design thinking can be done with:
Staff members
community members
town organizations
nonprofit organizations

To learn more, check out the website

I'm looking forward to starting this process. 

Have you done this in your library?
How did it go?