Woman on the edge of time by Marge Piercy

The rich and complex language coupled with the violence and the lack of dignity that our protagonist contends with strikes me fully in the face, like tripping into a rose bush and falling in love with the beauty all the time bleeding.

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So far, some of my favorite quotes include,

“She was marked with the bleeding stigmata of shame.” (p.52)

“The anger of the weak never goes away, Professor, it just gets a little moldy.” (p. 43)

“They took her womb in the hospital.  Afterward that was a curse Jesus threw in her face: no longer a woman.  An empty shell.”  (p. 37)

The protagonist uses the word “spayed” to describe herself – in this one word the author illustrates the treatment of disenfranchised women of color – with the dismissive arrogance people treat animals.  Not – human with thoughts and feelings but with a presumptive judgement about her ability to reason and love.

Outlines and thoughts about teen programs

As if the trouble and uncertainty isn’t enough, there are reports of biological weapons being unleashed in public places.  There have been attacks on the post office and the water plant, each attack has followed the same M.O. an anonymous letter with a warning to the intended ‘victim’, followed by clues on how to create an antidote and a time limit before the virus is released.  Neither the post office nor the water plant tried to solve the puzzle, instead they relied on hazmat units to take care of the problem.  In each location, there is some doubt to how thorough the clean up was and there have been rumors of an illness among several of the employees.  Today, the library received a warning and a small vial with a note saying, “This mixture will effectively incapacitate those suffering from the zombie virus.”  It will be up to us to solve the puzzles, find the clues, and create the best solution we can.  The letter contains a recipe for a number of mixtures. Begin with the vial found in the large locked yellow box.  Add the ingredients in the order you find them, but not until you have found them all.

The first one requires three ingredients and will keep the victim from becoming ill IF it is administered within an hour of the exposure to the virus.

The second recipe requires four ingredients and will give you a week long inoculation to the virus.

The third recipe requires five ingredients for a permanent inoculation.  In large doses, this recipe can also be added to water or injected into plants in order to to create a widespread inoculation.

 

Teen events

I’m working on a storyline for the teen escape room and it dawned on me that it might be really fun to have an over arching storyline for all of the teen events for the summer.  How to create events that are simultaneously independent and that add and build a world throughout the summer…there’s the rub.

I was hoping to incorporate Zombies … also building … and sewing … and volunteering … Should be a fun challenge.

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Finally finished this one!  It was well written and complex, but I found my mind wandering much more during this second book.  The stakes were higher and success was placed well out of reach, and yet, as a reader, I was not as drawn into the story this time around.  I liked that the characters ran into problems (and not just with the “bad guys” but with each other as well).  I think I felt a little bogged down in the number of characters and intrigues were all happening at the same time.

One of the smoothest lines:

“Her heart was a river that carried her to the sea.” (p. 529)

The story is open for more action, but I’m rung out at this point.  Fans of the series will enjoy this book!

 

Something new at storytime

My story time was feeling dull and repetitive, so this February I’ll be living things up, thanks to my friend, Andrea!  She sent me some outlines for Yoga Storytime!  I’m so excited to be doing something new, I hope my participants enjoy it too.

Keeping with a loving theme our first two weeks will focus on Friendship, sharing and love.  We will finish out the month with Dinosaurs and Getting Silly!  I’m looking forward to it.

 

Winter Wonderland at the Berthoud Community Library!

All kinds of wonderful events are happening this weekend in Berthoud! The Berthoud library will be hosting a party from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday December 17th.  Bring your family for food, crafts and fun!  We are going to have an indoor ‘snowball’ fight at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2p.m. and we will be giving away books to the first 50 children who finish our scavenger hunt!

I’m reading three books and have not finished them…yet Google compels me to blog

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I have most recently been watching the television show, “Sherlock”, with modernized versions of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.  It created a new interest in the old tales and so I am up to chapter four in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and the one very fascinating and unusual behavior I am noticing (aside from the use of words that have since fallen by the wayside) that two of the characters have made a point to take time alone to ponder and process the puzzling information they are given.  Detective Holmes asks for an entire day before meeting with Henry Baskerville and when Henry learns of the curse and the odd circumstances around his uncle’s death, he too, requests time to ponder his course of action.  I find this unusual at the present time in history, where action is encouraged over thought.  I respect and hope to emulate this more thoughtful approach in my own life.

I took a short break from reading Clash of Kings – although I’m back to it – because one of the characters described a gang rape he took part in and laughed about it.  Although I know the attitude in the fictional world is different, it still affected me strongly and I needed a break for my psyche.

The Crooked Kingdom is the second in the series (Six of Crows) and is working me back into the world and the problems that were unresolved.  I had a literary flashback when Inej ‘escaped’ her cell Nabokov style.