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!

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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.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

The saga continues even as our dear beloved characters suffer.  Arya and Sansa prisoners, Jon Snow in the wilds, Bran restless at Winterfell, Rickon under the spell of the Freys, and dear Robb wrestling with becoming King and commander at 15.

The Lannisters are split and conniving, and it remains to be seen if they desire the same goals.

Our mother of dragons has found a momentary reprieve.

Still no sign of Benjen.

 

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The quote that keeps coming back to me was from a self-help type book that I didn’t agree with most of the other ideas that were presented, but it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good…and the good was this: when a girl interviewed me (the author) and asked for pointers on becoming a successful writer, I told her to take a business class.  It was not what she wanted to hear, but I pointed to the front of my book and told her, “It says ‘best selling’ author NOT ‘best writing’ author”.  That struck a chord with me as a bookseller and then a librarian, I have seen books that have been great and books that have been popular and there is no discernible relationality between the two.  I’m not saying I have not seen good books become popular, nor am I saying all popular books are good, rather that popularity simply indicates that many people are spending time and money on the book.

With that lengthy introduction I offer my opinion on the first book of this amazingly popular series.  The Game of Thrones was tightly woven and as readers saw the threads begin to unravel under each character, and the bravado of the author to allow our beloveds to die or be betrayed as the story unwinds, is breathtakingly spectacular!  His language, storytelling, and metaphor craftsmanship is astounding!

I am moving swiftly into the next book of the series, Clash of Kings, and I am intrigued by the Red Woman already!

We are not our illness

I am trying to sort out my feelings about an advanced copy of a book I received today.  I am a strong advocate for destigmatizing mental illness.  The Weight of Zero looked like an interesting book because the main character suffers with bipolar disorder.  However, as I was reading the publishers summary of the book on the back, it says, “Being bipolar is forever.” It should say, “Having bipolar is forever.” because it is a disease not a defining characteristic of a person.

I am still interested in the book, however, if they want to add a positive perspective to those with mental illness, I hope the author is more thoughtful with the language she uses.

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Ugly by Robert Hoge

This autobiography is written from a distance that helps the author create a more story feel to his childhood experiences as a disabled person.

Here are some of my favorite quotes.

“If our house was a dog it would be a rough little mongrel of a thing- not big, not fancy, not pretty. Luckily it was a happy mutt most of the time.” (p. 16)

“The kid with the squishy nose and strange legs isn’t all that surprising when you’re three years old and you hear stories about talking bears sitting at a table eating porridge.” (p. 87)

“There were no disabled role models for a young boy trying to work out what sort of man he could become.” (p. 89)

“Some of the best talks I have ever had started with someone asking, ‘This might seem rude, but can I ask about your face/nose/scars/bumps?’ Wherever those conversations ended up, they started as honest exchanges.” (p.113)

“Michelle declined my offer of boyfriendship.
‘It’s just, you’re a boy,’ she said.” (p. 122)