She is still in my thoughts, but this beautiful event makes it real again. The event is not at Chili Library, but at Irondequoit Library, but still I thought I should make people aware since without her there would be no Teen Book Festival. The Teen Book Festival changed many peoples' lives, including people in Chili, so I thought I should let you know.
No, I won't use this as a time to embarrass my kids, even though we know that its every parent's favorite past time. Still, my children are definitely unique individuals.
My 9 year old daughter let me know that she wants to be a published author/illustrator. But she doesn't write/draw just any kinds of books. Her newest story has to do with a turkey trying to tell everyone that there is someone trying to eat them, but soon after he convinces them ... he gets eaten. Poor dear. If she lets me, I'll have to post the whole story.
Then there is my son, the 13 year old, who loves music. He plays the drums, but he especially loves the piano, which is why my house has a stand up piano, a synthesizer and, as of today, a melodica. Yes, I know what you're thinking, I wondered myself. A melodica is a little piano that has a mouth piece you blow into. Yup. You heard me right. Not only that he is already playing full out songs on it. Don't believe me? Tomorrow morning I'm making him bring it to play at the library, because everyone needs a little melodica in their lives.
So what makes your kids unique? We all need to know!
I love learning about new things. I feel it makes me stronger as a librarian. So today I learned about teen engagement and leadership. This is something I am super excited about. I would love if our teens came up with ideas, planned their ideas and executed their ideas. All we would need to do is provide money for supplies and some tips if there were things that they could accomplish faster and easier.
Something I would like to make use of is our green screen. Plus I would like to have a reason to purchase some cameras and microphones. It would be awesome if the teens would come up with podcasts and videos. All of their creation, as long as its not naughty. Some teens have come up with some incredible ideas and I know that our teens could come up with even more incredible ones. :)
Now to find a time that they can do it. More difficult than them actually creating the actual video.
This was the first year that I got to be in the float and not be a walker. I think everyone was afraid of my bright red face that I was ready to pass out. Even so, it was totally worth it because there were a lot of awesome faces that I recognized and that made me happy. :)
Thanks to those of you who voted, we will have a new home! I am so excited because there will be so much more space to hang out, play and for us to have events. Not only that, there will be more space for books! We have to get rid of books so much that it hurts, but because we don't have the space that's what we have to do.
I have already been thinking of all the things we need to do:
So I have been training for a 5k (3.1 miles) for about seven weeks now. It is definitely hard to tell, but I have. There are a ton of different smart phone apps that you can use that help with training and I have been using one and puffing along.
I just thought I would mention this because I kept starting and stopping and I was determined that I would get through it at some point, because along with the blog, running was my other new years resolution. I always give up on new years resolutions, and we are about at the half point of the year, and so far I have not given up on any of them!
Its been interesting because both new years resolutions have been difficult, and there have been stumbling blocks, but so far I've kept going. Some of my stumbling blocks for writing are not knowing what to write, not having time to write and just lack of interest. Some of my stumbling blocks for running, are having no energy, having no time and having a lack of interest ... hmmm. Noticing a similarity there.
What have your problems been with keeping up with your resolutions? Anyone even make one?
I'm reading: "Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff" by Dana K. White right now.
It is hard work being an adult. I started decluttering my office desk and wow. Its amazing how much stuff you can end up with on even your desk.
So far, I'm really enjoying the book. It doesn't have any pictures (at least the ebook version I'm reading doesn't), so that I don't have to look at pictures and get depressed at how perfect her house is and how perfect her closets are. Right now I'm reading about donating over trying to sell your stuff. Its extremely hard for me. I think about all the money that I spent purchasing my items, but it is taking up "valuable space" in my house, which is more important than the $10 I could get from my kids' duplos. It gives me heart palpitations, but it is honest. So now I have to try really hard to move forward. Its sort of funny because I don't have any trouble with donating clothes. In fact I donated a bag of clothes that was bigger than my nine-year-old daughter yesterday and I didn't bat an eye. Weird.
Anyone else have a hard time decluttering?
I'm posting today for my missed post last Thursday since I was home recovering from TBF madness. :)
BTW ... That cup was one of the fabulous things that you could purchase, and if you had, you would have been able to catch up with me, since I was at the merchandise table all day.
One of the few downfalls to being on the committee is that you don't really get to "hang out" and check out the authors' presentations. I would have liked to, but seeing everyone's enthusiastic faces was worth it in the end.
Well, see you in a few days when I post on my official Thursday time. :)
All the planning and working throughout the year has made it to then end. It all became more real when I picked up Brendan Kiely at the airport. He was super awesome and easy to talk to. Plus, he has family in Rochester. Even more awesome? His Mom went to Nazareth Academy, which is where I went to high school! Totally got me all spiked and ready to go. Which is good, because today and tomorrow its all about setting up Nazareth College. Totally exhausting, but also totally exhilarating. Get a little coffee and I am READY! I hope to see you all there!
MORE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!
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