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Indiana Youth Summit Scholarships

August 29, 2013

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Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology and Indiana Freedom Trails invite students in grades 7-12 to participate in the Indiana Preservation Youth Summit.  Selected students travel to southern Indiana October 4-6, 2013, visiting Underground Railroad sites in New Albany, Jeffersonville and Madison while meeting with Underground Railroad experts, community leaders, and tourism […]

Today is History

August 28, 2013

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 Today is the feast day of Augustine of Hippo. This African, also known as St. Augustine, is viewed by many as one of the Fathers of the Church. Also on this day in history: 1565 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sights land near St. Augustine, Florida and founds the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in […]

August 25, 2013


Summer is ending and the garden is winding down. I’m harvesting fewer veggies and making plans to prepare amend my soil over the winter. Next year, I simply want a wider variety of vegetables. I need to move to a plot that gets full sun in the early morning, but I’m not sure how well […]

Saturday Trailers: Meet the Authors

August 17, 2013

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What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? And what better way to meet a few new YA authors than in a trailer! Today, I have three author videos: Eric Gansworth (If I ever get out of here  Arthur A. Levine, 2013), Sara Farizan (If you were mine; Algonquin) and Zoraida Cordova (The savage […]

Male Monday: Guy Pals

August 12, 2013


BFFs. Buddies. Besties. Guy pals. Call ‘em what you like, I see a slow going trend in YA of male authors of color writing stories that explore male friendships. Most often, YA male characters are either loners or involved with a female character, either as a friend or love interest. The following books not only […]

Sunday Morning Reads

August 11, 2013


Someone tweeted a link to someone else’s blog post about ethnically diverse picture books. The covers were adorable and I was quite interested in reading the books. I took pause to see the blogger chose to market the books by saying they featured characters of color but were not about race. That was so not […]


August 9, 2013


Being a librarian is all about adapting to change and this conference of black librarians has provided no exception to that rule. Zetta Elliott was out and B. A. (Barbara) Binns was in a few months ago. Our third presenter was an unforeseen no-show. My expectations were to deliver and then attend key presentations with […]

Male Monday

August 5, 2013

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Male Monday This is a different kind of Male Monday post for me. First, I have to give props to Ari, who introduced me to the Male Monday meme. We reconnected for a short while this past summer on Twitter and she continues to be one amazing young lady. No doubt, I’ll soon be saying […]


August 4, 2013


Such a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Haute and all I can think about is dusting off the passport and finding a way to get back to France. Or Asia. Just somewhere distant! I’m heading to NCAAL in Cincinnati this week and to Indy the next to see my children. School’s about ready to […]