Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mmmm, Pizza!

I bet you can tell what this weeks story time is going to be about!! I'm really excited - because pizza is one of my most favorite things!!

I choose these tasty pizza books for this week:

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges

Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington

"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter

And, as always, Tuesday is FMRNS!!! WHOOOOT!!! Last week was actually filled with FMRNS - we had a bunch of extra time, so we had an Extra Bonus Night on Thursday evening, and a Double Feature Friday!!! So exciting, and filled with fabulous movies. We decided to go with Trekkies on Tuesday (unbelievable - just unbelievable!!). So Thursday we watched Time After Time. Double Feature Friday consisted of The French Connection from 1971 with Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey, and The Gods Must be Crazy.

This week, we're planning on watching Music Box from 1989 with Jessica Lange and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A special treat for bloggers

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Thanks to LISNews for the tip!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Currently Reading - Audience Participation!

It's been a while since I've done a Currently Reading post, so here we go!!!

I just finished Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I LOVED it!!! It is my favorite book of the series so far, and I can't WAIT until the fourth installment (Breaking Dawn) comes out in August (just in time for my birthday, just in case you needed any ideas...)

I've now started The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I have heard amazing things about it from so many people - most of whom were shocked that I hadn't read it yet. I'm not terribly far into it, but so far I am enjoying it!!!

Here are the reviews for Eclipse and the Time Traveler's Wife.

From Publishers Weekly
The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun in Twilight, but it's unlikely to win over any newcomers. Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode in Twilight place Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer's other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward's competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. Once again the author presents teenage love as an almost inhuman force: "[He] would have been my soul mate still," says Bella, "if his claim had not been overshadowed by something stronger, something so strong that it could not exist in a rational world." According to Meyer, the fourth book should tie up at least the Edward story, if not the whole shebang.

From Publishers Weekly
This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he'll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor.

So, what are YOU reading? Leave me a comment and let me know!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Chugga-chugga choooo choooo!!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!! It's story time day!!! And FMRNS!!! It really can't get any better than Tuesday, can it?

Today I decided to read stories about Trains - as if you couldn't tell by the title of this post (*wink*). I found some great stories for the kiddos!!

And, as always, it's FMRNS!!! Last week, we watched The Godfather Part II, which was, of course, Fabulous. This week I think we have several options because LOTS of stuff came in at the library for us!!

Option one: The Gods Must be Crazy - a comedy from 1980 with Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo.

Option two: Trekkies - a documentary about "the universe's most fervent fans" of Star Trek.

Option three: Time after Time - a sci-fi thriller from 1979 with Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen.

Which one would you pick?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A movie meme

I got this fun meme from the Caffeinated Librarian!! Here are the rules:

  • Pick 15 of your favorite movies
  • Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie (or quote them from memory because you are that bad ass)
  • Post them on your blog for everyone to guess
  • Fill in the film title once it’s been guessed

These are your rules:
  • No Googling or using IMDB search functions (Don’t cheat!)
  • Leave your answer(s) in the comments

And here we go!!

1. "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" ~~All About Eve (The Soul of Discretion)

2. "Make-up is POINTLESS! It does nothing anymore! Are you even listening to me? Do you even care? You stand there with your 22-year- old skin and your tits like ROCKS and laugh at me..."

3. "Now lemme tell you about me. My name is Wendy and I first moved to New York when I was 21 to be a dancer, but I broke my big toe and then I got knocked up by this actor who dumped me to join the Peace Corps, so for the last 16 years I been raising my daughter all by myself and then two weeks ago, she tells me that she is a bisexual and that she hates me more than any person on this planet. Now tell me how I can help you, please, because I am dying to make *your* dreams come true. " ~~ Coyote Ugly (Mary)

4. "All right! Rise and shine, Sleeping Beauty! Come on. Hup, hup, hup! Get your clothes on. Get ready. Got breakfast for ya. Look, you get porridge...And it's happy to see you."

5. "Well, there's no publicity, so there's no people; Gutter never showed up, so there's no beer; instruments just blew out, so there's no band; and I think Raji and Deege may be dead."
"Wait a minute... no beer? Well, where the hell's Gutter?"
"Probably in a parking lot somewhere picking his nose." ~~ PCU (Carrie)

6. "I didn't ask to come on this trip, did I? No, I don't think so! Did I ask you to be making me over and jump all kinds of hoops like some circus poodle? No, I don't think so! Do I want to go to jail because of some cop killer? No, I don't think so! So as soon as we get to the next town I am jumping on the first man and riding him all the way to New York City and away from you two puckered up, stuck up putas 'cause this trip sucks! It sucks!" ~~ To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (The Soul of Discretion)

7. "And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." ~~ Sunset Boulevard (The Soul of Discretion)

8. "I thought you were alive, Number 5. I let you tear my house to shreds and you're a ROBOT! You're a machine from that dumb war lab place. God, I'm so stupid!"
"Stupid - foolish, gullible, doltish, dumbell..." ~~Short Circuit (Danialle)

9. "What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'? Well you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets and that's it."

10. "Good moonin! Good moonin! I have been up since the crack of dawn and I had to *ass* you a question."

11. "Coach we need a water break, we been out here all day!"
"What did you say?"
"Said, we need a water break."
"A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don't get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind! We are going to do up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty." ~~ Remember the Titans (Janie)

12. "Tell me one person who it's worked out for."
"What, you want me to name someone? You want like a name? Oh, God, the pressure of a name... I got it. Cindafuckin'rella" ~~ Pretty Woman (Janie)

13. "After that my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone." ~~ The Usual Suspects (Janie)

14. "You don't think I'm smart enough to work in your fucking library?" ~~ Party Girl (The Soul of Discretion)

15. "Don't fuck with the Lords of Hell."
"Don't fuck with the babysitter." ~~ Adventures in Babysitting (The Soul of Discretion)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bear-rific Tuesday!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - a beautiful day for a neighbor! =) Sorry, just feeling a little nostalgic...

Anyway, it's Fabulous Tuesday once again - WHOOOT!! Today I have decided to read some bear stories.

And, as always, it's time for FMRNS!!! Since my DH spent all weekend working, my friend A and I decided to spend a bunch of time this weekend catching up on all the movies we missed out on while I was on vacation and suffering from pneumonia. We had a triple feature weekend!!! We watched Innerspace, a comedy from 1987 with Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan - HILARIOUS!!! Our second feature was The Maltese Falcon, a mystery from 1941 with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Our third feature of the weekend was Oklahoma! a musical from 1955 with Gordon MacRae and Gloria Grahame. Fabulous - all three of them!

This week's Tuesday feature is going to be The Godfather Part II from 1974 with Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton. Last week, we tried to watch American Werewolf in London, but the library VHS was all messed up, and once again we were NOT in the mood for a gangster movie, so we watched Rebecca, an Alfred Hitchcock flick from 1940 with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

We are now definitely going to watch The Godfather Part II - we have two copies of it, just in case! =) YAY Tuesday!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Where did you come from?

It's time once again for "how did you find me!" This is where I look at my StatCounter and check out the key words that people have used to find my blog. Some of them are pretty...interesting!!

room to read john wood (John Wood was the speaker for the opening session at PLA. His story is amazing and very inspirational. You should definitely check out the Room to Read site!!

big boob librarian stories (I don't remember telling any big boob stories...)

library lovers (I hope there are some library lovers out there!)

adam and the couch potatoes (now THEY were a good time!)

librarians give it away for free (well, I guess we do!)

real confessions (that's me!)

wefest boobs (ok, what's up with all the boobs?)

tuesday is the best day of the week (well, it's true!)

Anyway, however you found me, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for reading my blog!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tuesday is back!

I am so excited to be back to my regular schedule! It's Tuesday, the best day of the week - WHOOOOOT!!!! It's Spring into the Arts time at my library these days, and one of the 'system wide' programming ideas was to make Elephant paper bag puppets. So, in honor of that, I found some great elephant books! This week we are reading:

And, of course, it's FMRNS!!! WHOOOOOOT!!! I am SO excited for the return of FMRNS it's not even funny. Since I was in Minnesota two weeks ago, and then still recovering from pneumonia this past Tuesday, I have watched American Idol by myself - and let me tell you it's not NEARLY as fun to watch as it is with my friend A!! In addition to American Idol, we have a recording of last week's America's Next Top Model to watch, too! YAY!!

For our Fabulous Movie night, we have two choices. The Godfather Part II from 1974 with Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Robert DeNiro is the first choice. The other option is An American Werewolf in London, a horror film from 1981 with David Naughton and Jenny Agutter.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Library question of the day

So, today's Library Question of the Day isn't so much about the question...

A lady calls the library looking for some Yoga and Pilates DVDs. I found her a couple good ones, and asked her if she would like to put them on hold.

Real Librarian: I just need your library card number to put these DVDs on hold for you.
Yoga Lady: Sure, just a second...


Yup, that's right. She called me from the toilet. I'm sorry, I just don't need to be a part of THAT!!

Side note: Yoga Lady came to pick up her DVD while I was writing this blog post...niiiiiiice.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Adam and the Couch Potatoes

We had an amazing program for the kiddies here at the 'brary yesterday!! Adam and the Couch Potatoes - a "kid -centric" rock and roll band came to share some of their songs and silliness!! They were terribly fun and the kids absolutely loved them! They've also recently released their first CD, which you can preview and order here.

Check out their website for more info about this fabulous kids band!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Finally feeling more human!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks!! I am finally up and (almost) fully recovered from the pneumonia, so that's good! I have no idea where it came from - it smacked into me like a mack truck!! - and I am so glad it's over.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Wednesday pre-conference at PLA before I got sick. Nancy Pearl and a few others from a couple different publishing houses presented "Book Buzz" a session talking about all the cool new books that they have coming out in the next couple months. Virginia Stanley from HarperCollins, Talia Ross from Holtzbrinck (Macmillan), and Marcia Purcell from Random House were there to give the inside track.

I also was able to attend the Opening Session with Jon Wood. This man is not only an amazing person doing wonderful things for kids in developing nations, but he is a very talented public speaker. Here is his bio as found on the PLA Conference website:

John Wood to keynote PLA Conference Opening Session
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

At the age of 35, Wood left an executive career track at Microsoft Corporation to form Room to Read, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping over one million children across the developing world break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. Since its start in 2000, Room to Read has sponsored the opening of more than 280 schools and 3,600 multi-lingual libraries across the developing world. The organization has distributed over 2.8 million children’s books and supports more than 2,300 girls with long-term scholarships. Room to Read plans to increase this literacy network to 20,000 libraries and schools serving at least 10 million children. Wood illustrates his experience with Room to Read in a recent memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World (HarperCollins 2006), a book described by Publishers’ Weekly as “an infectiously inspiring read.” Translated into 10 languages, it is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, and internationalists alike.

The exhibit hall opened at 4:00 pm, right after the end of Jon Wood's opening session. I only had about 20 minutes to spend there before I had to leave to catch my bus back to the University of Minnesota where I was meeting my mother-in-law for a ride back home. I went STRAIGHT to the publishers booth's where they had TONS of ARC's...Advanced Readers Copies of the books that they talked about in "Book Buzz!" I came away with about 15 free books in those 20 minutes!!! Damn pneumonia - just think what I could have walked away with if I had had more time!!! Unfortunately, I had to leave those books in Minnesota with my mother-in-law (who is going to ship them to me!) - I just had NO energy to carry them on the plane with me!! Once I get my box of books, I'll make a list of all the ARCs I got - I know y'all will be jealous!

I was able to spend a little time with my friend A the other day. It's been SO LONG since we've had FMRNS night, so we were in need of a fabulous movie. We watched The Corn is Green, a drama from 1979 with Katherine Hepburn and Ian Saynor. I'm looking forward to resuming our Fabulous Tuesdays!!

I also spent a little time reading. I finally finished Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy, and have moved on to Seventh Heaven by James Patterson. Reviews from Publishers Weekly are posted below.

From Publishers Weekly
Diagnosed at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured her face, Grealy lost half her jaw, recovered after two and half years of chemotherapy and radiation, then underwent plastic surgery over the next 20 years to reconstruct her jaw. This harrowing, lyrical autobiographical memoir, which grew out of an award-winning article published in Harper's in 1993, is a striking meditation on the distorting effects of our culture's preoccupation with physical beauty. Extremely self-conscious and shy, Grealy endured insults and ostracism as a teenager in Spring Valley, N.Y. At Sarah Lawrence College in the mid-1980s, she discovered poetry as a vehicle for her pent-up emotions. During graduate school at the University of Iowa, she had a series of unsatisfying sexual affairs, hoping to prove she was lovable. No longer eligible for medical coverage, she moved to London to take advantage of Britain's socialized medicine, and underwent a 13-hour operation in Scotland. Her discovery that true beauty lies within makes this a wise and healing book.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly
At the start of the gripping seventh Women's Murder Club thriller from bestseller Patterson and Paetro (after 2007's The 6th Target), San Francisco is still haunted by the disappearance of Michael Campion, the much-adored teenage son of a former California governor, three months earlier. Following up on a tip that Michael was last seen entering a prostitute's house, homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer and her new partner, Rich Conklin, are shocked when the hooker immediately confesses that Michael, who had a heart defect, died during sex and she disposed of his body. Lindsay's ADA pal, Yuki Castellano, is sure she has a slam-dunk case, but the trial soon takes a bizarre turn. Lindsay and Rich also scramble to track down a serial arsonist responsible for murdering a string of wealthy couples. Lindsay races to put the pieces together before the fires hit too close to home. In true Patterson style, the reader is privy to Lindsay's thoughts as well as the killers', ratcheting up the suspense an extra notch. Fans won't be disappointed with the twist at the end that not even Lindsay sees coming. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

P.S. I have to send a shout out to my friend Lynn - thanks so much for the offer to help me while I was sick!!! I appreciate it so much!!! You ROCK my FACE off!!! =)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pneumonia anyone?

Unfortunately, I have nothing fun or exciting to say about the PLA Conference in Minneapolis this past weekend. I spent the entire time lying on my Mother-in-Law's couch suffering from pneumonia.


I managed to make it to the doctor and get some antibiotics, so that's good. And I did manage to make it on to the plane to come back to Nashville on Sunday, but I'm not even sure how I did that. I am just starting to be able to sit up and be aware of my surroundings. I have been off work this whole week (hence no story time or FMRNS posts yesterday), but I think I will be back to work again tomorrow.

If you have any healthy vibes lying around, could you send them my way? Thanks!