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Everything, Libraries, Poetry, Writing

A Journey to Tiny Hands

A lone bag slouches on a shelf. Filled with books, all ready for tiny hands. It sits. And sits. And waits. A lone being approaches the bag, smiling. It lifts the bag and brings it to a cart. It's filled with other, bigger bags. A day passes. The bags wait. The being returns and moves… Continue reading A Journey to Tiny Hands

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Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

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At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity.

Just before ALA Annual, St. Catherine University MLIS Program assistant professor Sarah Park Dahlen had posted to Facebook asking if anyone knew of an updated illustration, but Kügler’s was the only one anyone knew about. Friends said they would be happy to support an illustrator to create an update. Author/teacher Molly Beth Griffin saw Sarah’s post and queried her Twin Cities Picture Book Salon to see if anyone would be interested; David Huyck (pronounced “hike”) responded, and a…

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GA Adventures – Reflection: November 2015

This is a reflection I’ve written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here, and read the original post here. Prompt Part A – How do you see yourself incorporating the principles we went over during the reflection into your daily lives or into your service hours?… Continue reading GA Adventures – Reflection: November 2015

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Thoughts: River Secrets by Shannon Hale

This is a post for my LIS S401 class: Computer-Based Information Tools. Many of you have wondered why my cat's name is Razo (and those who have known me for some time have also wondered why my parents have a cat named Enna). For reference, here are Razo and Enna: These cats are named after… Continue reading Thoughts: River Secrets by Shannon Hale

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Thoughts: Social Networks

This is a post for my LIS S401 class: Computer-Based Information Tools. You could say I'm fairly connected. I use a variety of social media in my daily life. I have a Facebook, a Pinterest, an Instagram, a LinkedIn, and I operate Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest pages for several of my employers and organizations I volunteer for (I've… Continue reading Thoughts: Social Networks

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Being Big for Kids: Family Craft Night

This is the fifteenth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, please click here for an archive of the posts.  As you may know, I work for a public library. Each library in our system has… Continue reading Being Big for Kids: Family Craft Night

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Updates: June 2015

Hi all! I'm really sorry for the lack of regular posts here! I have been quite busy working on several exciting projects. In case you were curious as to what I've been up to, here's a list of what's been keeping me busy: One // Graduate School and Graduate Assistantship I am very pleased to let… Continue reading Updates: June 2015