Happy 40th Star Wars!

Star Wars turns 40 years old today! Do you feel old?

When your cat might secretly be a Jedi knight, but she refuses to discuss those clone war years.
How many versions of Star Wars do you own? #StarWars40 #Hanshotfirst
Forty years of collecting Star Wars merchandise


An lovely new book on THE CARD CATALOG by The Library of Congress has arrived during #NationalLibraryWeek and purchased with some of my birthday Amazon.com gift card. Its very beautiful and fun and it even comes with its own checkout card! Not that I would ever loan it out, but still fun to have. What other wonders await inside this book?


I met with Stacy Verdick Case, the host of The Not Boring Book Show podcast, today to discuss podcasting. Stacy is a author of three mystery novels set in Minnesota and her latest podcast The Not Boring Book Show is a MyTalk 107.1 Podcast. The lady knows her podcasts. Despite my sneezing (I have a bad cold) I learned a lot about the crazy world of podcasts. Stacy called it the Wild West and it totally is! Besides the gift of knowledge, which is always the best gift you can give, I received an autographed ‘The Grand Mystery’ and some cool The Not Boring Book Show swag. Thanks Stacy!

Christmas with the kids!

Celebrated Christmas with my favorite niece and nephew and their way cool Mom (she told me to say that) tonight. I received some fantastic Harry Potter socks, some soda with amazing flavors – which includes bacon and one that’s like butterbeer, a soap with caffeine in it, and some yummy holiday treats. Yes, everyone knows of my Harry Potter obsession. I gave the kids their annual autographed book. This year its the beautiful “Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories” by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, who is the first Vietnamese librarian, and from Minnesota. I also got Julian some Doctor Who Legos, Louisa some Shopkins, and they also got a lump of coal (a marshmallow covered in chocolate). Yes, their favorite librarian aunt really does give the best gifts.

A HathiTrust Thank You

One of the projects I have been working on in the library this year has been with the HathiTrust. The HathiTrust “is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge” (https://www.hathitrust.org/about). Basically what I have been doing is reviewing UK books and looking to see when the author died and when the book was published to see if the books is out of copyright and can be put into public domain. Its been a very fun project and I have looked at official reports of the sinking of the Titanic, books by Richard Burton, and lots of odd little books. The project is getting ready to end and they sent out a very nice letter of commendation. I am sure everyone got a letter, but its nice to be thanked.

I was even listed on their website as participating (https://www.hathitrust.org/copyright-review):

Thank you HathiTrust

Taking your MLIS Abroad

I discuss my time as a Librarian in Honduras (2002-2003) in the new book Taking your MLIS Abroad: Getting and Succeeding in an International Library Job by Lara Seven Phillips & Katherine G. Holvoet which was just published on November 30, 2016. From what I have read so far, its a great book and gives honest answers (the good, the bad, and the ugly) about working as a librarian abroad.

Lara and Kate had a call/announcement looking for librarians who had experience working out of the country and then sent those individuals a questionnaire with 15 questions. Later other questions were asked via email. I did not, as many people know, have a good experience working in Honduras and I don’t mind sharing. All the answers that I gave for the book where things that I have told family, friends, and co-workers over the years.

This was my favorite sentence that I submitted (and its something that I always say) and sadly it did not make the editing cut is: “not every adventure is a good adventure.” This is so true. I had many trips before Honduras around Central and South American and had wonderful adventures, but this was the fist time I was in a situation that was truly horrible. I hated it and I wanted to leave every day I was there. But I stayed one year and left at the end of the school year.

The whole passage I submitted was: “I came to realize that not every adventure is a good adventure. Some adventures are terrible and they suck and you will end up hating them and that’s totally ok. It’s ok to have a bad adventure, learn from it, and leave. Even if you have a contact, don’t be a martyr, as no one cares. Get out of it what you want to and then leave.”

What ended up in the book: “It’s ok to have a bad adventure, learn from it, and leave. Even if you have a contact, don’t be a martyr, as no one cares. Get out of it what you want to and then leave.”

Taking your MLIS Abroad is a fun book and I am quoted a few (I think I counted 13) times, so buy the book or get it from your local library.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was finally released today! The screenplay arrived on my Kindle Thursday night, but the movie and screenplay were officially released today (aka Friday November 18). I wanted to see the movie before I read the book, so while it was tempting to read it last night, I did hold off and devoured the book today. The book designers did a wonderful job with the artwork in the book, but I was hoping for a bit more backstory. As with screenplays, you always want more and with the world of Harry Potter a screenplay is just the trip of the iceberg.

So an extremely busy day filled with appointments, a snowstorm, and a new Harry Potter movie. Overall a fantastic movie and book and I am one happy Muggle.

All Hallow’s Read

The niece and nephew were over a little early to celebrate All Hallow’s Read and Halloween. Louisa is a ninja and Julian is Bilbo. We are celebrating year #4 of All Hallow’s Read (Neil Gaiman’s awesome book holiday) and graphic novels were the book this year (I figured it was time for graphic novels and I asked their mother Sloane if they had any Doctor Who ones and they didn’t): G. Willow Wilson’s amazing “Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal” for Louisa and “Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 1- After Life” for Julian. Plus I got them each a book journal to log in all the books that they are reading. Its good to have a book journal for when you are old and cannot remember what you have read! Have a Happy Halloween and All Hallow’s Read!!!

Watson and Holmes Volume 2

I am officially in a comic book (aka graphic novel)! In print!!!

A few years ago I backed a Kickstarter campaign to be in a new Sherlock Holmes and John Watson comic book “Watson and Holmes” created by Brandon Perlow and Paul Mendoza. They re-envision Watson and Holmes as African-Americans living in today’s New York City’s Harlem district. They were unable to get me into Volume 1, so I was added into Volume 2 and the wait was totally worth it. Volume 2, Chapter 4 was written by Lyndsay Faye (plot), Karl Bollers (script), N. Steven Harris (artist), and Jay David Ramos (colors) and I am in a scene with Irene Adler (aka ‘The Woman’) or Irene Adlero as she is called in the comic. To be in the comic book, I had to send in some photos and in some of them I am wearing my favorite airplane necklace. So you can now see me seated in The New Ritz in Harlem at 10:37pm wearing my airplane necklace listening to Irene Adler sing. Awesome!

Watson and Holmes Volumes 1 and 2 are beautifully created comic books/graphic novels and I would say that even if I was not in the them or had backed them as a Kickstarter. As a Sherlock Holmes fan (yes, the Game), I believe that the comic books show that even after 100+ years, Holmes and Watson are still relevant. You can pick up your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Watson-Holmes-Brandon-Easton-ebook/dp/B0195ZRD4Q and here https://www.amazon.com/Watson-Holmes-Brandon-Easton-ebook/dp/B0195ZRD4Q/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0195ZRD4Q&pd_rd_r=NAHDWQ6E88RTPK4NYT2F&pd_rd_w=zXYSg&pd_rd_wg=enz2M&psc=1&refRID=NAHDWQ6E88RTPK4NYT2F