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It’s the Fourth of July!


Holly and I are enjoying a long weekend and we hope that all our American friends are taking time off.  We will be enjoying some time NOT waiting on patrons or unjamming printers. That will be waiting for us on Monday. Happy Independence Day and to my British pals, you still have to buy me a drink. I think it’s a law.

Those of you entertaining this weekend would maybe find these old posts helpful:

Fun Party Themes for All  Occasions

Just in Time For Holiday Parties!

Party’s Over






Happy Birthday ALB!

Believe it or not ALB is turning six years old today. My usual anniversary schtick is to repost our first book about the Soviet Union. It is still out there haunting a collection. ALB’s birthday also coincides with our birthdays (sort of). This always makes me a bit reflective on any acquired wisdom. Like most librarians, I am beginning to think I have seen anything and everything walk through the door of a library. I also think that I have personally seen every weird thing ever published.  So, this is my long-winded way of telling you that in honor of ALB’s birthday, I have decided to re-visit some of the posts that still make me say “What were they thinking?” Really. I want to know.

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BookCon Ticket Giveaway – HAS ENDED!

BookConLogoGuess who’s having another awesome giveaway? That’s right, your favorite librarians. We have two tickets to give away to…drum roll please…BookCon! We are thrilled to partner with BookCon to share information about this huge event with our readers, and also to allow one lucky person – and a friend – to attend!

It’s all happening on May 30 and 31, 2015 in New York City. Writers and celebrities like Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), Aisha Saeed (#WeNeedDiverseBooks), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), and Libba Bray (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy), Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)- and many, many more – will be there to tell stories, share content, meet and greet, and sign autographs. There will be literary quiz shows and other interactive activities too. BookCon is “where storytelling and pop culture collide.”

All you have to do is comment on this post and tell us why you’d like to attend. One person will be picked at random for the pair of tickets. (Sorry…we’re only getting you IN with two free tickets. Travel and accommodations are up to you.) Comments will close on March 31, 2015. Winners will be notified on April 1, 2015 by e-mail – so be sure to use a valid email address on the comment form.

Now hurry down to the comments and tell us why you want to attend. Good luck, everyone!

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION! The giveaway is for two Adult Saturday tickets good for entry on Saturday, May 30 only, not for both days!

The winner has been chosen at random by our trusty WordPress plugin! Jessica Green, check your email! Congratulations! Thanks for playing, everyone, and don’t forget that you can still buy tickets here.