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Hello [Oct. 8th, 2005|11:19 pm]
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sarah_mae13
I thought I would introduce myself even though there doesn't seem to have been much activity here lately.

My name is Sarah Mae and I just transferred to a YA/Children's position from a Reference position. I'm really excited to actually be an official YA librarian. I haven't done much yet besides a banned books display but when I get back on Tuseday I'm sending out letters to the high schools and middle schools in my service area to let them know that I'm here.

So anyway, I love YA lit and working with teens.
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??? [Apr. 22nd, 2005|11:41 pm]
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in___my___eyes
So am I allowed in? I will be full of guilt until someone lets me know.

I am currently reading The Clockwork Testament, which is, as I have found, way out of my, er, league of reading. I just finished a collection of The brothers Grimm Fairy Tales.
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2005|08:49 pm]
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springsea
Anyone read Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell? What did you think?
I'm currently reading my ARC of the sequel Stealing Princes. At first I was really enjoying it, but 3/4 in I'm just tired of it. The main character doesn't seem to have any personality or intelligence. I'm hoping she smartens up by the end of the book.
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(no subject) [Mar. 3rd, 2005|12:12 am]
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springsea
[mood |busy]

I finished Princess Academy by Shannon Hale last night.
The story of Miri, one of the girls who must go to Princess Academy because the priests of the land have foretold that the future princess will be from her town. Thus all the girls are required by law to learn how to be a princess in case the prince chooses her at theendofthe year.
It is delightful read despite the fact that it tries too hard to not be predictable (and yet it is still thoroughly predictable). (I'd love to know if others found it as predictable as I did, so if in August when it's published you read it and remember, get back to me.) I liked the characters and the world they inhabited. And wouldn't mind reading more about them. But then again I'm a sucker for serialization (which is why I purchased Shrimp, sequal to Gingerbread, today).

I've started Empress of the World and am highly likely to finish it tonight, despite the fact that I'm a little tired and have a trillion things to do.

ETA: Did I use enough parantheses or what? And did that make any sense?

xposted to my journal
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Programs [Oct. 28th, 2004|04:14 pm]
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springsea
I'm currently planning two theoretical teen programs. I say theoretical since I won't actually get to do them with teens. Anyway, the first is a graphic novel program that I'm planning with two classmates (coincidently the two I mentioned in the previous post). I'm finding it particularly frustrating to plan with others. The second is the one that I really want to discuss. I don't have a title for it - I need a title. Anyway, it's kind of a personal story program. I'm gonna have some kind of ice breaker and then tell a personal story about a road trip I took with a friend. Then play the game Life Stories for a bit and finally have supplies for people to create written versions of their own stories. I'm bind books, so I'm going to do a few simple pamphlet style blank books and provide glitter, etc. and a polaroid for embellishment.
Any suggestions?
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Current reading [Oct. 28th, 2004|04:07 pm]
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springsea
[mood |curiouscurious]

I just finished Dead Girls Don't Write Letters and am not entirely sure what I think of it. I liked it enough to read to the end, it was slightly intruiging and has given me something to ponder.
I read it beacuse two of my classmates in my teen programming class have been discussing it two weeks in a row. So now I can join in, but I certainly didn't love it like they seemed to.
It's probably something I would recommend to younger readers. Any thoughts?
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Not ready for bed yet [Oct. 27th, 2004|08:36 pm]
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belgo_girl
Did you know there are several communities for Gossip Girl?

Anyway, I listened to a talk given by Michael Sullivan about connecting boys with books. He has written a book called, um, Connecting Boys with Books. It was really interesting, but nothing new. I am pleased to say that I have read several of the books he designates as boy-friendly. You can check out his list of current favorites at http://www.geocities.com/talestoldtall/BooksforBoys.html. My personal current recommendation is Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2004|04:16 pm]
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belgo_girl
Finished All I Want is Everything. Damn series is addictive! The characters are so shallow, but I can't put the books down once I've started.

Also read Escape from Memory by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Pretty good story about a girl who can save her mother's life if she can unlock the secrets held in her mind.

I'm currently reading A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer. It's not bad. Set in Edwardian Europe and it isn't magical in a Harry Potter sort of way.
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2004|11:38 pm]
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springsea
Today I spent time finishing up my book, Gossip Girl. It was suprisingly fun. It was an impulse buy not too long ago. And now I want to read the rest of the series. But I still have a million and one things to read. I've been trying to get through The Usual Rules, ya fiction about 9/11, but I just can't. It's fascinating, but painful. It sparked a conversation with belgo_girl last week, the "where were you" conversation.
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Have you read... [Sep. 25th, 2004|11:05 am]
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belgo_girl
The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl? I started it this morning and it's intriguing and odd. I can't tell if it's real or metaphor. Read a description on Amazon.

Went to B&N last night and walked around looking at the pretty books. Saw some titles I need to check out. I had the urge to buy two sequels of books I own but haven't read yet and fought it. Ended up walking out empty-handed.

The covers of a UK series just being released in the US caught my eye. The book are part of The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart. Read this review from Green Man Review: http://www.greenmanreview.com/deep_woods.html


I think I'll return to my book until the laundry is done.
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