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Please, donate and share this post

June 4, 2018

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My dear friend and colleague, Sujei Lugo, is tireless in her work to put books into the hands of young people; books that authentically reflect who they are and that position them to create their own space in the world. One of her projects is to get books to young people in Puerto Rico and […]

TBT: Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2016

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Originally posted on 16 January 2012.

Hot Topic: France, Syria, Lebanon

November 18, 2015


What struck me most when I binge watched MadMen were the sensibilities of the era portrayed in the series. I remember the show incorporating the assassination of President Kennedy and the mother would not let her children see any of it on television and she herself was distraught and in tears. I don’t think she […]

Black Speculative Fiction: The Hunger of Imagining

October 21, 2014


I was just speaking with a colleague about the need to incite curiosity as the basis for research. Questioning, wondering and imagining are essential real life skills that are certainly nurtured in speculative fiction. Earlier this year, authors Zetta Elliott and Ibi Zoboi  published part of a conversation about race and representation in The Hunger […]

A Little Hump Day Shine

September 24, 2014

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My word this year is ‘shine’. It can be so easy catching myself not shining my brightest. Typically, those are times I don’t allow others to shine. I’m too bright too dull the glow of others! (Repeating 3x daily) Technology helps me, helps us, shine. I recently updated my iPhone to the new IOS and […]

Heaven Help Us All

June 17, 2014


My plan: To write a quick little post about summer reading and summer at ALA. But, you know what they say about the best laid plans. I wasn’t online last night and missed the Limbaugh shenanigans. Only a small part of me wants to understand the method to this man’s madness the rest of me […]

GIVING you a lot if free information TUESDAY

December 3, 2013


Today is Giving Tuesday, a day for us all to take a time to remember the non-profits. I’m a bit tired of the gimmicky ways to help me spend money. Cyber Monday is silly because we don’t need to go to work anymore to have internet access for online shopping. Opening stores on holidays defeats […]

Woulda Shoulda Coulda and Courageously So!

October 11, 2013

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‘The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.’ – Ashley L. I’ve had thoughts lately about what I shoulda and what I coulda done. I have a fantastic plan to distribute books to high schools in IN once BFYA is done, but I shoulda sent them out during the year […]

Courtney Young Needs Your Vote!

April 20, 2013


It’s election time for members of the American Library Association. Even if you’re not a member, I think you’ll enjoy hearing from Courtney Young, a candidate for ALA president. Courtney wrote the following to share with you what librarians can do through the ALA to serve our communities. If you’re not a librarian, continue reading […]