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Reliving Stress: Comic Book Style

Work is stressful——there is no getting away from that. Our library budget is tightening and the layoff of many employees just happened. If you’re a naturally optimistic person, it can be tough working environment when morale is low. Usually on my breaks ever so often, I will walk to the local comic book store and get what’s new for a series I’m following, and ask for recommendations concerning graphic novels I haven’t read——or ones that may pique my interest. Getting out of work for a breather to walk a few blocks to look at stylistically beautiful artwork or finding comic gems is satisfying. Other times I will take time to see if some webcomics have been updated or see what my favorite artists/writers are working on, helps me navigate through work anxieties.

Why? Albeit we all have our coping mechanisms—— Let’s say you want a blend of Day Dreaming & Escapism:  

Meet. Harley Quinn. Part of DC’s New 52.


If you feel like “The Man" is dragging you along——who better to help you out than Harley Quinn. She’s crazy. She’s explosive. Most of all her psyche is unpredictable fun!

If you’re not a fan of Harley pysche——check out Bats vs. Owls story arc with the new Batman: Court of Owls.

If that’s not your style——Maybe you just need to laugh and relive how inappropriate and immature things in junior high & high school are still funny today: Meet. Ariol.

On why do people call donkeys: “Dumb-asses”

On his love for Petunia:

If immature humor doesn’t get you: Try Big Top Otto: Elephants Never Forget. You have circus animal team looking for the lost monkey: Georgie. It’s quirky, cute adventure!

If you are a POC (like myself) and you’re looking for that starring role—-besides your own life story. Maybe you wish you could tell your younger self that there is an available guide called: when-smart-girls-start-asking-suspicions-Disney-questions: Check out Princeless.

Sensible Fighting Attire, Sly wit, Adrienne is the book I wish I could have read over and over growing up:


If you want the more older adult feeling of Princeless: I can’t rave enough about Rat Queens. Maybe you need that mental stimulant  going to work hungover—-Who wouldn’t love to wake up for work every day hung over?! (you may already) especially when working in a guild as a battle maiden with friends of various types of magical fantasy backgrounds. Speaking of which (I’ll admit I’m a shallow creature) the lead men are of various magical races——and H.O.T.


Finally. If you need to escape into a world where your child is telling your story and you’re on a journey with your lover while the government is out to kill you—-try the Intergalactic love story of all time: Saga.  Why?! It is written in Vaughan’s stars:  break the rules as often as you can because who the hell doesn’t want to have an adventure.

I want this on canvas hanging above my bed. :)


Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal. - Laura Miller

Black women librarians have attempted to counter the negative attitudes found outside and within libraries…in doing so, these women have made great contributions to the library and information literacy of the race.

Kathleen E. Bethel on Librarianship.

In honor of Black History Month in the United States, we’re recognizing African American librarians. The Oxford African American Studies Center is free for Black History Month. Simply use Username: blackhistorymonth and Password: onlineaccess to log in. 

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Dino Story-Time!

Today was all about learning about Earth HUGE creatures——a LONG, LONG, LONG time ago. Toddler Storytime is my favorite because you never really know what type of group you will get. I had about twenty toddlers who had a great time ROAR——ING! 

Opening Hello Song

I introduced the letter “D” on the magnetic board and asked the toddlers what was the phonetic sound. I asked for words——and then I spelled D-I-N-O.

Action Rhyme:
enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar, one went away and then there were 4

enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree, one went away then there were 3

enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew, one went away and then there were 2

enormous dinosaurs trying to run, one ran away and then there was 1

enormous dinosaur afraid to be a hero, Ran away fast and then there was 0

1st Book: Shape by Shape by Sue MacDonald

(Sing “I’m a Little Teapot.” Then…)

I’m a mean old Dinosaur, Big and Tall (let’s see your mean face!)

Here is my tail and here is my claw. When I get all hungry my tummy gets sore.

Listen to me I’m going to Roar!

2nd Book: Dinosoaring by Deb Lund

(Sing first verse of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Then…)

The Pterodactlys wings went Flap, Flap, Flap. All around the swamp.

The Triceratops horns went Poke, Poke, Poke. All around the swamp.

The Brontosaurus went Munch, Munch, Munch. All around the swamp.

The Dinosaurs lived long ago, when life on Earth began.

Some were tall (gesture high), Some were small (gesture low).

Some liked water (gesture swimming), Some liked land (gesture hand/knee walking).

Pterodactyls had leathery wings (gesture flying). The Brontosaurus had a long neck.

But the nosiest, loudest dinosaur of them all was the Tyrannosaurus Rex (heavy roaring)!

We also did a Dino-Dance because toddlers are antsy. I did not do all of these rhymes——or I would modify them based on their attention spans. :]

3rd Book: Dino Bitesby Algy Craig Hall 

This book had the parents giggling and laughing——and the kids were REALLY focused on the images and sparse words! It was A LOT of fun——and the parents really liked the ending!

little, little, 3 little dinosaurs…10 little dinosaurs swish their tails, chomp their jaws,

and let out a giant roar!!!

Good-Bye Song: If you’re happy and you know it!

Craft: Dino-Puppet. The kids colored a dinosaur outline, decorated, added googly eyes, cut it out, and glued it to a Popsicle stick. I think if I do this storytime again——I will have them create a dinosaur using the letter “D” as its body.

Reviews: Half of the toddlers had went to a recently new museum exhibit on dinosaurs, so the parents were ecstatic that the storytime was dino-themed. The kids attention span was fantastic and if they were antsy——we did motions or I switched to a song to expel some of their energy!



The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

You love John Green. Of course you do. Now go love these:

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King for love against the odds

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for all-consuming romance

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson for love in the face of grief

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz for philosophising about life

Well, that’s is a cool tumblr. (By the way I have read all four of these books and liked them all very much.)

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