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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Teen librarian, reader, cat lady, mom *Litsy user since May ‘16*
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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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This was a really fun middle grade ghost story - it kept me entertained while doing some tedious tasks at work the last couple days. #audiobooks

kellyann28 I didn't know she did middle grade books too! 16h
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Star Wars Encyclopedia | Stephen J. Sansweet
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Last night I made the kids a blanket fort, which they loved. While I put Nina to bed, Lane took a stack of books into his fort to read. He was really into the Star Wars book I found in a box of my husband‘s old things. #raisingreaders

LibrarianRyan ahhhhhh 3d
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My husband took this picture from his spot on the chair with a cat on his lap. There were no books within reach for either of us. 😞😞😞

sprainedbrain But... awwwwww! 😍 4d
Chrissyreadit Sweet! 4d
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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This was a very different dystopian world than Atwood created with The Handmaid‘s Tale, but still so good. I can‘t wait to read the rest of the trilogy - this got me through a full day of #audiocleaning yesterday as well as some #audiocrochet

Mitch Ive read the first one too - and loved it, must get back to that world soon. PS - love the crochet... that's a skill that has sadly passed me by! 4d
SamAnne I love this trilogy! Perhaps my favorite is the 2nd in the series, After the Flood. All three gave me very disturbing dreams though. There has been a rumored HBO series based on the trilogy. 4d
sprainedbrain I adore this trilogy! Just finished it this summer. ❤️ 4d
rwmg @SamAnne Yes, the middle one was my favourite too. 4d
SamAnne And there would be the mornings listening to NPR: “Scientists have perfected growing human livers in pigs.“ NOOOOOOOO! Or, “Scientists have made strides in growing chicken meat in the lab.“ Noooooo! I loved the trilogy because Atwood does her research and she incorporated so much “on-the-cusp“ technology in the novels, we could hear about it on NPR while reading the book.
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My MIL loaned this to me and said I HAD to read it. Maybe I‘m just contrary, but when people tell me I have to do something, I don‘t want to do it. So this has been sitting around my house for months... Once I finally picked it up though, I flew through it. I‘m not completely sold on the ending, but I enjoyed the process to get there.

Tamra It was a so-so for me. I didn‘t really get hooked into the premise, but I love nature and it delivered on that theme. 5d
MarriedtoMrT I‘m totally the same when told to read something. It‘s why I can‘t do book clubs. Something that‘s supposed to be fun becomes required reading and I don‘t want to! 😂 5d
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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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Another one to check off my Michael Printz award list... I got through almost 200 pages and it just wasn‘t doing anything for me.

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It‘s snowing outside and I‘m feeling bummed about that... I decided to buy myself a yummy drink at the coffee shop and take it to the library. I‘m reading by the fireplace for a half hour before picking the kids up from daycare.

Amiable Looks cozy!
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Alora Looks so cozy. Such a great book too! 😍 My favourite this year 1w
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The Fever King | Victoria Lee
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This was somewhere between a pick and so-so for me - the big surprise twist didn‘t really shock me, and I still have some unanswered questions about the world building. Despite that, I liked the characters and thought the author did a good job of showing their struggle to achieve their goals without corrupting themselves, and how they struggled with moral decisions.

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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If this isn‘t the cutest group of 6th graders I‘ve ever seen.... We just finished reading Ghost in our “Lit Lunch” book club - they loved it!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

Centique What a cool bunch! 💕 1w
LibrarianRyan AHHHHHHhhhhhhh 1w
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I‘m soooo excited to add this title to my library today! 🙂
Joe Franzen is a global history teacher at my school and wrote this book about his experiences in a “failing”, understaffed high school in Louisville, KY. He and a coworker developed their Food Literacy course and saw amazing changes in the attitudes and engagement of their students. He is the coolest person and is doing amazing things in our district.

Amandajoy I‘m very intrigued by this, but there‘s no information under the title. 😕 2w
Johanna414 @Amandajoy Here‘s the amazon link, but it was just published so there‘s no reviews yet. I‘ll also post a picture tomorrow of the back with description and some reviews. https://www.amazon.com/Say-Yes-Pears-Literacy-Classroom/dp/0814142419/ref=sr_1_1... 2w
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The Sum of All Kisses | Julia Quinn
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Needed something light and fun to get me through the next couple nights of frantic #crochet
I just finished the 2nd of 3 baby blankets for a group shower at work Wednesday. I‘m not completely thrilled with this one... Just need to finish the border and weave in ends on the last. #audiocrochet

Megabooks I think it‘s beautiful!! 2w
Jas16 I agree with @Megabooks It is beautiful 2w
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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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They‘re here! I‘ve got a couple books to finish up, then I‘ll be diving into these. @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @irre @LibrarianRyan @rachelm @aCleverDuck #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Awesome!! 2w
LibrarianRyan Yrahh 2w
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Eek! Halloween! | Sandra Boynton
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Halloween #shelfie because I‘m feeling cute in my Ghost dress... 🤣🤣🤣

Clare-Dragonfly You look cute! ☺️ 2w
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Elevation | Stephen King
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This was a strange little story, but I liked it. Not what you would usually expect from Stephen King

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I don‘t know what to say about this other than I loved it. I loved it SO MUCH! @LibrarianRyan it was a great choice, even if it was your second choice... 🤣🤣🤣
I‘ll get it in the mail to you in the next couple days. #lmpbc @merelybookish @IndoorDame

LibrarianRyan Yeah. Take your time. I 'm glad you loved it. I can not wait for the sequel. 2w
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Both kids and I got struck with a nasty stomach bug so I haven‘t picked up a book in days. I‘m working today, despite really wanting to be home in bed, so I‘m going to sneak in a few chapters and hopefully finish this before the end of the month. I‘m loving it, but never seem to have an extended time to read... #lmpbc @LibrarianRyan @merelybookish @IndoorDame

LibrarianRyan I get that. 2w
merelybookish @LibrarianRyan Just checking on the last book. I haven't gotten it yet. Did you send it? Hoping it's not lost! 2w
Tamra I was wondering if a bug is going around - my son has been so sick for so long that we ended up in the ER. It‘s not a 24 hour stint. None of us has gotten it. 🤞🏾🤞🏾 I hope you are soon back to 100% reading! 2w
LibrarianRyan @merelybookish josh was suspose to mail it over a week ago. Let me check. He better have!! 2w
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A Night Like This | Julia Quinn
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Finished one baby blanket, and liked it so well I started another in the same pattern. I had really good intentions for the #readathon this year, but... kids 🤷‍♀️
I‘ll probably be going through quite a few #audiobooks until after a group baby shower I‘m throwing for 3 coworkers next month. #audiocrochet #crochet

Texreader Gorgeous!!! 3w
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Real Friends | Shannon Hale
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A parent came in today to return these for his 6th grade daughter because they are “inappropriate” and “have no place in a school library” because they “promote bullying.” I think he maybe missed the message of both books... Parents are honestly the works part of working in education and I‘m going to have a stomach ache all day... #schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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I really liked this - I thought the writing was amazing and the whole book was very well done. That being said, I just don‘t see any but a few ambitious students liking it. I listened to some of it on audio and found it a little hard to follow that way; I enjoyed it more when I was reading the physical book.

LibrarianRyan I completely agree. I never made it to the end. It seemed too old for who it was written for. The ideas were interesting, but it was a slough. Very dense and weighty. 3w
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan exactly! I‘m not sure why this was marketed to teens... 3w
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 When it came out it was marketed as MG. I was reading it as a possibility for the 5-8th book club. Um NOPE. 3w
emtobiasz Agreed. I remember reading it when younger (I must have been in college, based on the release date, but I still felt at home in the YA section). I didn‘t particularly like it, but it‘s stuck with me in a way few books of that era have. 3w
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I just finished this one for my public library book club. I love Douglas Preston‘s fiction, so I was excited to read The Lost City. It did not disappoint!
I studied anthropology in college so I was familiar with a lot of the history discussed, but Preston tells a really engaging story.

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Tesla's Attic | Neal Shusterman
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I have way too much fun picking out books for my 6th grade Lit Lunch club. My Tuesday/Thursday group is voting on their next book tomorrow and they have widely varied interests... it‘ll be interesting to see what they choose!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

LibrarianRyan Playing atari was soooo good. 4w
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan I kind of hope they pick that or The Mad Wolf‘s Daughter. I predict they‘ll vote for The UnTeachables though. Possibly Arlo Finch 4w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I told my husband I just needed an hour... it‘s cold out here but I‘ve got my blanket, my coffee and some much needed quiet.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Toddlers are just the worst... and so fast when they want to be!

Purrsistently Oh noooo 4w
C.Perone I wrote the same story in my mother's books!!! 😂😂 Honestly, I think this actually a toddler's homage to books and the written word--they see a blank page and add their own story to it 🙂 4w
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Johanna414 @C.Perone yes! At least it was one of my own books and not a library book! 4w
Bookishthoughts @C.Perone so cute I agree!❤ 4w
Bookishthoughts @Johanna414 also agree it's heartbreaking sometimes when you open a page and see graffiti. Hopefully someday it will be a loving memory❤ 4w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Starting this tonight, if I don‘t fall asleep on the couch first.

Slajaunie Looks cozy! 4w
megzlynn Hope you enjoy. I‘m over halfway done and I love it! 4w
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A Face Like Glass | Frances Hardinge
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A wild reader in her natural habitat... this high school student come to the library and reads for half an hour every day. Needless to say, she‘s pretty much my favorite student 🤗
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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I‘m having a quiet day in the library and not feeling super ambitious, so I‘m making new bookmarks and listening to an #audiobook
This will be another title crossed off my Michael Printz award list

Balibee146 I have this on my TBR shelves... Interested to hear what you think 1mo
merelybookish My son liked this! 1mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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I just got back from a meeting with my high school book club and found this waiting on my desk. No idea who it came from but it made my day! The note says “For another Harry Potter fan.”

TrishB That‘s cool 👍🏻 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 🤩what a nice surprise!! 1mo
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I listened to this entire book while crocheting last night and it was delightful. It‘s been awhile since I read a historical romance.

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Evening plans - #audiocrochet
I just realized I have less that a month to finish crocheting 3 baby blankets for the teachers who are having babies in our school this winter... I haven‘t even started the third. So it‘s time to find something good on overdrive, and start furiously hooking!
#audiobooks #crochet #whydoidothistomyself

Alfoster Beautiful!❤️👏👏👏 1mo
ScientistSam How lovely! 1mo
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Our National Honor Society kids organized a Reading Under the Lights event tonight on the football field. It was so fun! They had hot chocolate and hot dogs, the high school kids read to the little ones while some older students just sprawled on blankets and read independently. Most of the books came from my house, so Lane was very excited to share some of his favorites with the “big kids.” #raisingreaders

Christine How great! ❤️ 1mo
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhh 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly 😍😍😍 1mo
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City of Saints and Thieves | Natalie C. Anderson
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I loved this! It‘s been awhile since I read a mystery that had me so engaged. I just recently got another book by the same author, so that‘s moving up to the top of my TBR

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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And here‘s what I‘m thinking for our any book category of #lmpbc
Have you read any? Any look really awesome? Any you have no interest in?
@kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers @irre

TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any of these & they all sound good!! 1mo
kellyann28 I have read Trail of Lightning. I am drawn toward Internment or We Walk the Sky! 1mo
irre They all look interesting. I‘ve heard good things about Internment so that one is the most interesting to me but I‘m okay with all of them. 1mo
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Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @irre Internment it is! That works perfect because the book club I do with my high school students is reading dystopian books in November so this will fit. 1mo
kellyann28 Awesome, I'm excited for that one! 1mo
irre I‘m excited!! 1mo
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A Study in Emerald | Neil Gaiman
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Here‘s what I‘m thinking for #lmpbc #groupg
Have you read any of these? Any of them jump out? Any you have no interest in whatsoever?
@LibrarianRyan @rachelm @aCleverDuck

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rachelm Haven‘t read any and they all look good! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Something about A study in Emerald calls to me. But I have heard excellent things about bloom. 1mo
aCleverDuck I‘ve been wanting to read Monstress but A Study in Emerald looks good too 1mo
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Husband is watching the Bills game, kids are napping - I get to relax with my current #crochet project and my last #LMPBC book for this round.

IndoorDame Those colors look great with this book! Happy reading! 1mo
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City of Saints and Thieves | Natalie C. Anderson
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I started this while hiding out in my office yesterday and am about 1/4 through it. Really enjoying it so far!

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One of our students died last night after battling brain cancer for 3 years. We are using the library for grief counseling today and I retreated to my office to get some work done - teenage boys don‘t want to cry in front of their librarian. Naturally, my computer crashed. So I‘m twiddling my thumbs trying to stay busy and out of the way...

Jas16 Oh I am so sorry. That is so sad. 1mo
TheSpineView That's awful and so sad! 💔 1mo
JoScho That is heartbreaking 😔 1mo
xicanti What an awful thing. I‘m so sorry. 1mo
emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your (and your students‘) loss. 1mo
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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I really need to stop reading books that have sequels waiting to be written... this was so much fun and I am desperate for more!

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This little sweetheart is either getting a cold or working on a tooth - either way, she‘s not happy and insists she needs to sleep on me. I‘m super into this book right now but keep having to put it down and rest my arms... #booknerdproblems #momproblems

Lynnsoprano 😍 Those moments go by so fast. 1mo
Gezemice Awww 😍❤️ 1mo
Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
bewareofwords I fell in love with this book too! Hope you enjoy it. 🥰 1mo
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My goal this weekend was to finish my #lmpbc book, and I managed it! Overall, it was a fun read and I really liked the main character. Good choice! @merelybookish @IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁❤️ 2mo
merelybookish Yay! Only one more rotation! 2mo
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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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One child woke up at 5am, the other refused to take his nap today. It was a rough day. The plus side is that they both went to bed super early and I actually get a little time to enjoy myself tonight! This book is really fun so far ☺️ #audiocrochet

Gaylagal2 It's sometimes hard to find time for yourself and I'm super glad for you that you did 😉 2mo
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I‘m not sure why I brought such an ambitious stack of books home this weekend, considering today‘s (hopefully) 2 hour nap time is literally the only reading time I‘ll get... But it‘s a beautiful afternoon on the porch and I‘m making the most of it! #momlife #letmeread

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I still haven‘t finished processing and cataloging all the books that came in over the summer, but I was thrilled to find a present waiting for me at work today! This is the best way to start the day!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

LibrarianRyan nice 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! That‘s a book box! 2mo
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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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I have been listening to this as I do library stuff and I wanted so badly to love it as much as her other books. I gave it about 100 pages but it‘s just not grabbing me... too many seemingly random side stories and I was having trouble keeping track of everyone.

Clare-Dragonfly I did not like this as much as her other books. Though I will say that all the random side stories come together in the end. 2mo
Johanna414 @Clare-Dragonfly I figured they probably would - I just couldn‘t give it enough attention to keep everything straight while also working. I might try it again someday 2mo
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While I continue to have no time to read, there are so many exciting things happening in my library right now! I‘ve been teaching research related lessons all week, so today I‘m finally catching up on some book displays and cataloging a whole slew of new books!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

Allylu My daughter runs a “genre challenge” with her teens at our library. It‘s been very successful. 2mo
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This isn‘t something I would ever have picked up on my own, but it‘s my book club read for the month. I liked it more than I expected, but it didn‘t blow me away. There were so many predictable parts, and Dr. Shields was just obnoxious...

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘ve got the house to myself tonight, so it‘s an audiobook and a crochet project on our screened porch. Trying to decide between a glass of wine and a pot of tea...
#audiocrochet

Jennick2004 That is a gorgeous Afghan!!!!!! 2mo
Johanna414 @Jennick2004 Thank you! 2mo
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Guys, I am in librarian heaven right now! I had a group of high school students approach me about starting a book club at the end of last school year. We just had our first planning meeting! We‘ve decided to choose a different genre/topic each month and they will all pick their own book to read. They‘ll bring their lunches to the library and hang out to talk books twice a month. They were all so cute and enthusiastic!

Amiable I wish book clubs had been a thing when I was in school (way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth 😬). I would have loved it. 2mo
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About to spend my prep period not getting ready for my upcoming classes, but diving into this middle grade novel. #lmpbc #groupm @merelybookish @IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan
Also, Ryan I forgot to post but your book is on its way to you.

LibrarianRyan cool beans 2mo
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The Bad: the beginning of the school year is crazy so I haven‘t found any time to read and when I do have a few minutes, I can‘t relax enough to get into a book.

The Good: 6th graders are adorable! This week they‘re all coming to the library to check out books, get set up with ebook accounts and sign up for Lit Lunch. Also, a group of high schoolers approached me about starting a book club, so we‘re meeting during their lunch on Friday to plan 😍

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If anyone is feeling in the giving mood today, my best friend created an amazon wish list of books for her classroom library. She teaches 8th grade ELA in an underprivileged school in Pittsburgh, PA and gives so much of herself to her students.
I‘m sure she would be thrilled if a few random strangers bought her kiddos a book!
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/C7HXREQQ3BYZ?type=wishlist&filter=unpurcha...