Thursday, July 19, 2012

#summerthrowdown #teamlibrarian

So I just did something SO COOL. Or maybe SO CRAZY. I signed up on #teamlibrarian (aka League of Librarians) for the #summerthrowdown.

A team of teachers and a team of librarians are competing to see who can read more books in one month. Round 1 just ended the other day.  I didn't participate in Round 1 because I was uber busy with teaching the course at FSU, traveling, and helping develop a new course at FSU.

Round 2 begins on Sunday. My summer is no less busy now, but I just couldn't bear to miss another round of this super cool challenge.  And frankly, I should be reading at least a book a day for Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Committee, so maybe this will help me with that as well.  Plus, they have shirts.

If you would like to participate, sign up HERE.  But first, you should check out all the rules HERE on the Library Fanatic's awesome blog.  Happy Reading!

(P.S. Hey #teamteachers, it's on like Donkey Kong!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Read: Fake Mustache

It has been quite a while since I posted on the blog... I could blame it on traveling to ALA and being just plain busy in general, but those aren't good excuses. I will get a post up about my awesome adventures in Anaheim at ALA, but for now this little "Friday Reads" post will have to suffice.

I'm excited to read Fake Mustache for a few reasons:
1. I love love love Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series. They're funny, and have something in them for the kids and adults alike. As teachers and school librarians, we KNOW these characters in the series because at one point or another, we've TAUGHT these characters. And the characters are so real. The kids in the book talk and act like kids.
2. I got an ARC of Fake Mustache from a school librarian friend last spring, but passed it on to a student at school who has a slight obsession with mustaches. She loved the book. But I didn't read it before I passed it on.
3. I saw Tom Angeleberger at ALA in Anaheim but wasn't able to get my book signed because his line, like Mo Willem's line and many others', was superrrrr long. So I cruised by to catch a glimpse of him, but that's all. It's always exciting to meet/see an author whose books you love. (See forthcoming post about meeting Sharon Creech.)
Happy Friday Reading, Friends!