Monday, July 19, 2021

I'm Bored!

 Ah, yes, the universal cry of Tweens and Teens around the world during Summer. I'm bored! But, why?!?! There is so much to do! What? You doubt me?!?! Ok, check this out.

July 20th is National Fortune Cookie Day so visit your local Chinese restaurant and see what your future holds. After, get a lollipop and celebrate National Lollipop Day.

On July 21st, eat some junk food, yes there is a day for that, and then Be Somebody! You can do that by being somebody that a friend or family member needs today. 

July 23rd - National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! I prefer mine with some chocolate syrup in case you are wondering. Hey, it's hot and us librarians are working hard. We love cool treats!

July 24th - National Cousins Day. Go visit your family! It's ok, we all have that one crazy cousin. Really. We do. 

July 25th - National Merry Go Round and Hot Fudge Sundae Days. Both of those sound good to me. I just would suggest riding the Merry Go Round first. 

July 26th - All or Nothing Day! Is there something you have wanted to do? Try something new? Share a secret? Today is the day! Go Big!

July 27th - Love is Kind Day. This one is easy. Just be nice. To everyone. Even the people that drive you crazy. Ok. Maybe not so easy. But important. So, just be nice.

July 28th - National Milk Chocolate Day. Do I really need to say anything else? Oh, yeah, your favorite librarian likes chocolate! Hint, hint.

July 29th - National Lasagna, Chicken Wings, and Chili Dogs Day. WOW! That all sounds good to me. But, can you guess what Garfield and mine's favorite one is?

July 30th - Talk in an Elevator Day. I already do. Sometimes when I'm all by myself. Also, Get Gnarly Day! Cool. I didn't think anyone used that word anymore. Now I feel totally tubular!

July 31st - National Mutt Day. Take your dog for a walk and see what you can discover together. Just be careful, dogs find things interesting that you might find gross. Just saying. 

There you go! A whole bunch of ways and reasons to not be bored. Now, get out and enjoy some or all of them. Have fun! Make some memories with people that you love. That is always the best way to not be bored. Make this summer the best one yet!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Libraries Get Graphic in July


What is your favorite graphic novel? Batman? Class Act? Nimona? July is Graphic Novels in the Library Month (actually, every month is but they are featured in July). Did you know your local library has graphic novels? Graphic novels are finally being recognized as an actual educational reading and have received their own month to be celebrated

What is a graphic novel? Britannica defines graphic novels as a type of text combining words and images—essentially a comic, although the term most commonly refers to a complete story presented as a book rather than a periodical. The term graphic novel was coined in the 1970s and it is still debated as to what was the first official graphic novel. In the beginning, the graphic novel was a combination of comics that formed an actual book. Graphic novels were also thought to be the adult answer to the more juvenile comic book. Today, there are graphic novels for all ages and genres.

Are graphic novels real books? Yes, graphic novels contain words that form sentences so they can be read in book form. According to research by Northwestern University as well as the Cleveland Public Library, reading graphic novels helps kids master sequencing and linear thought, build visual literacy, strengthen attention to detail, and increase reading comprehension (turns out when you both see a picture and read words that describe it, you remember it better).  Michael Schumacher describes graphic novels as “book-length works of sequential art expanded in scope [beyond science fiction and fantasy] to include biography, memoir, history, and other types of non-fiction.” Esther Keller, a Brooklyn, N.Y. librarian and contributor to the School Library Journal, says, “A school or library that doesn’t include graphic novels isn’t addressing the needs or wants of their community… Images are a part of today’s culture: selfies, pictures on the net, ads, video, infographics. If we aren’t educating young students about reading images, they aren’t getting a rounded education.”

But what about manga? Is it a graphic novel? Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children. With diverse genres and themes, the majority of the population of Japan read manga. In the United States, if you enjoy reading from back to front, then manga is the graphic novel for you.

What’s all this mean for you? Young adults have known all along, but adults, including educators and parents, are finally acknowledging the awesomeness that is graphic novels. Libraries are celebrating with an entire month focused on great graphic novels. So, you can go to the library, check out a graphic novel for free, and read something that you enjoy!  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Happy Juneteenth Day


Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of African Americans from slavery in the U.S. and reflects back on the culture and celebrates it. The reason for it being celebrated on June 19 is because, on this day in 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Texas, he brought the news that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were free. Texas was the first state to recognize it as a state holiday.
How can you recognize it? 
1. Display the flag 
The lone star represents the State of Texas being the first.
The starburst represents new beginnings.
The colors red, white, and blue represent that we are all Americans.

2. Attend a celebration
3. Watch a movie about slavery (Click here to see what CMRLS has)


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Would You Rather? and What If?

     My 17-year-old son has always loved "Would You Rather" and "What If" questions ever since he started school (probably before that). He would just randomly hit me with the weirdest questions. It would be related to a video he just watched, something he just read, or something he overheard. You never knew where he was going with the question or when he would hit you with the question. So I thought I would ask you a "Would You Rather" and "What If" question, library edition.

    I'm going to answer each question and hope that if you are reading this post, you too will answer my "Would You Rather" and "What If" questions.

 Question 1: Would you rather read only e-books or read-only physical books?

 Question 2: What if you had to chose to live in the storyline for your favorite book, where would you be going?

  Now for my answers:

    Question 1: I want to say both but that's not how this works so, my answer is...e-Books. I know, I know, but Mrs. Kathie you are the Librarian, you work in a library surrounded by books all day. I hear you, but let me defend my answer. Think about this, we are always in a hurry, constantly moving about, always on the go. Carrying a book bag full of stories with you everywhere you go is going to get tiring and it's going to get heavy and you are just going to give up on it, but if you have your cell phone you can download an app and have an endless supply of stories. Imagine the worlds you could visit, the people you could meet, or the things you could learn. You could just pull out your cell phone while you're riding in the car on a long trip and visit a far-off land. While settling down on your lunch break, you could rediscover an old friend. I love to be able to pull out my device on my lunch break or on a long road trip and read a few chapters in my book. The library has a great app for e-Book (and e-Audio books) called Axis360. Stop by or call your local library to get more information about this app.

    Question 2: Now this question is a little harder for me to answer. I have read so many books throughout my life that I have truly enjoyed, that I'm not sure I could pick just one book. As I sit here and write this post, I have been thinking about this. Where would I like to go if I had to choose just one storyline? Would it be on a deserted island in a treehouse, like the characters from Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, OR would it be in Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush like the characters in The Call of the Wild by Jack London? Although I love both of these childhood classics, I would choose the foothills of the Ozark Mountains based on the book by Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern GrowsIt's a story about a young boy who wants nothing more than some coon hunting dogs of his own. After seeing an ad in a magazine, he spends the next two years doing odd jobs to earn the $50 that he needs to purchase two Redbone Coonhounds, Little Ann and Old Dan. It's a heartwarming story and I have read it several times throughout my life and enjoyed it each and every time. It reminds me of childhood memories when things were not so busy and life moved at a slower pace.

    I didn't think I would be able to choose just one book because there are so many places that I have traveled while reading. Some of them were far off in the future, some way back in the past, and some that I hope never become a reality. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my post and I look forward to reading your answers.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Summer Movies/Series based on Books


Summer Movies from Books 

Today we are going to look at a few movies/series for 2021 releases that have been based on books. All the books mentioned here are available for check-out through CMRLS.  Here we go….. 

Chaos Walking based on the book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. 

          In the not-too-distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by "the Noise" - a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola's life is threatened - and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet's dark secrets. From the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow and based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star with Mads Mikkelsen, Demi├ín Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo in Chaos Walking.

Lionsgate, Rated PG-13, 109 minutes 

The knife of never letting go link to book.


Moxie based on the book Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu.

Vivian, a seemingly shy 16-year-old, has always preferred to keep her head down and fly under the radar. But when the arrival of a new student forces her to examine the unchecked behavior of her fellow students running rampant at her high school, Vivian realizes she's fed up. Inspired by her mother's rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school, and unexpectedly sparks a movement. Now at the center of a revolution, Vivian begins to forge new friendships with other young women and allies, reaching across the divide of cliques and clubs as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of high school together.

Netflix, Rated PG-13, 111 minutes 

Moxie : a novel link to book. 


Shadow and Bone - Series based on the book Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

In a world where dark forces have taken over, a young mapmaker, Alina Starkov, accidentally discovers that she has the power to change the fate of the war. She is the only one who has the power to summon light and this will make her play a key role in this war.

Netflix, Rated TV-14, 45-58 minutes per episode 

Shadow and bone link to book. 

Here’s hoping you have a great summer. Pick up a good book at your library and check out it’s movie/video counterpart.

Tags: #CMRLSTAYLORSVILLE, Books, Movies, Series, Netflix, Teens, Tweens

Monday, May 17, 2021

What to Do?

If you are like me, some days you just look around and think, what should I do today? I am so glad you asked! With a little time, the internet, and the right questions, you can find plenty of things to do. Some you probably know about and some you might not believe are real. But, they must be because you can believe everything on the internet. Anyway, get ready to have some fun.

Disclaimer: Because of the publication date of this blog, some event days have already happened. No worries, celebrate them anyway!

Things you probably know - 
May 4th - Star Wars Day, go to and use Game PIN 00788105 to see how much you actually know about the movies. Invite some friends and make it a contest. 
May 5th - Cinco de Mayo, go get a taco. Better yet, take a taco to your favorite librarian, hint, hint. 

Ok, enough of those. Now, some you probably do not know. 

May 8th - No Socks Day, yes, you can go sockless today and have a perfectly good reason. If you are like most people, half the socks in your sock drawer are missing one anyway. AND that leads us right into... 
May 9th - Lost Sock Day, seriously, you can't make this stuff up. To celebrate, wear a pair of mismatched socks and when someone says, your socks don't match, tell them that is kinda the point. 
May 10th - Stay Up All Night, Night. For most of you, this one will probably be pretty easy. Remember, no yawning in class the next day. 
May 13th - Frog Jumping Day, time for some exercise! Get some friends together and play Leap Frog! Better idea, take pictures and send them to your favorite librarian. We could use a good laugh. 
May 15th - Chocolate Chip Day, wait, what? People, do we really need a day to enjoy all the goodness that chocolate chips are? I didn't think so. Snack on!
May 21st - National Memo Day. Everybody do this one. Get some sticky notes and write something positive and encouraging on them. Spend the day leaving the notes where someone will find them. Maybe the person that finds one of yours will really need it that day.
May 23rd - World Turtle Day, finally, a day to move slow. To take your time. To not be in a hurry. If someone asks, just tell them you are embracing your inner turtle. Unless your inner turtle is a ninja. Then, bring me a pizza, Michelangelo!
May 24th - Asparagus Day. I told you couldn't make this stuff up. In a word, uck!
Moving on.
May 28th - International Hamburger Day. Yep, this day is so big, it is worldwide. So celebrate with your hamburger of choice and a few good friends. Take time to share what you did for all these different days. 

Hope this gives you some ideas for having some fun this month. Maybe you can find some other days to celebrate, too. 

Oh, May 28th, your favorite librarian likes hamburgers too.