Hugs, Crying, Rejoicing

December 13, 2010

Here ends Fall Quarter 2010. And here begins Trips to the Airport — which is where I take people to the airport to go home to their families and then pick them up as they return. My first trip will be tomorrow at 5 a.m. No worries, I, too, will be heading to the airport to make my way back to the lovely and snowy Minnesota.

These trips to the airport remind me of the last scene of the movie Love Actually where everyone reunites at the airport and hugs and cries and rejoices. These activities (hugging, crying and rejoicing) all happen at the end of a complicated, stressful quarter of library school, too. Heart-bopping music doesn’t fill the classrooms and hallways, though it should.


Reading for fun in Library School (part 3)

December 6, 2010
I figured it might be time to talk about what I’ve been reading for during this quarter of school. I’m currently taking a class from Nancy Pearl where one of her main goals is to have us reading — and hopefully reading books we enjoy. It is a class about Adult Genre Fiction. While I didn’t think I would enjoy ALL the genres, I have added something to my GoodReads to-read list every week of class!
Outside of that class, I’ve been doing some other “for-fun” reading. Okay, I admit it, usually I read books that I’ve added to my to-read list during that class, but I’m enjoying it all nonetheless.
Here are five of my favorite books from this fall quarter:
The Jump-Off Creek — Molly Gloss
In this strong, carefully honest story of a woman in the west, Lydia Sanderson loses and gathers herself along Jump-Off Creek; the details of life in Oregon’s Blue Mountains are so intimately portrayed, readers will find themselves forgetting where they are.
Superman for all seasons — Jeph Loeb
Four richly illustrated stories narrated by familiar characters focus on Superman’s exploration of what made Clark Kent super and his evolution to become the hero he is.
All the Pretty Horses — Cormac McCarthy 
Young John Grady Cole crosses the border into Mexico and knows one thing – if you don’t have your horse, you don’t have anything.
Sunshine — Robin McKinley
One bite into this compelling, richly-written book and you’ll want to tear through the story of Rae, a young baker at her step-father’s café, as she forms a dangerous bond with Constantine, an entrancing vampire.
Blankets — Craig Thompson
It is difficult to not become wrapped up in this coming-of-age story of sibling rivalry, first loves and faith exploration when the text and images melt into one another so perfectly.
If you want to see everything else I’ve read or “shelved” from the Adult Genre Fiction class, go to my GoodReads page (username heidifk) and look at my shelves called “nancypearl” or “lis598” and if you aren’t already following me, please do so. I’d love to see and share in what you’re reading! — really!!
**I will admit that my shelves are kind of disorganized right now. I had planned on adding books that were on the reading list from Nancy’s class to “nancypearl” and books that were talked about in class to “lis598” however, I didn’t follow my own plan and now things got goofed up. I’m hoping to clean some of it up during winter break. 

Cook the Books! Seattle’s Annual Edible Book Festival

April 19, 2010

books! sweets! friends! What else could be better?
On Saturday, April 10, my friends Susan, Chloe and Meagan and I presented two edible representations of books at the Seattle Edible Book Festival in Wallingford.

Our two entries were Frank Hubert’s Dune

Here’s a photo of our display.

Layered spice cake, vanilla frosting, cinnamon and sugar on top, Twinkie, marshmallows, fruit roll-ups, frosting — and inedible plastic figures.

Our second entry was from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

Here’s our sleeping dog.

At the end of the judging, we were given plates and forks and we consumed our edible art. It was delicious and entertaining! A creative and fun way to spend the afternoon — especially for librarians (and book-lovers) with a sweet-tooth!

The Explanation

October 21, 2009

For the first three weeks of class, faculty and staff of the iSchool have been telling us this: “When you go home at Christmas, your family will ask you what you’re studying. You will have a hard time explaining what you are exactly studying… Trust us. They won’t get it.”

Today, I met up with my cousin and her family. They came to visit Seattle. As we wandered downtown, she asked me, “So, what are your classes like?”

Flashback to the past three weeks of class…

Uhh… books? information? e-books? researching? information exchanging? catalogs?
Trust me. It is a legitimate graduate school program.

The iSchool is right. How are we supposed to describe what we’re studying? I don’t even remember the names of my classes. Along with the notion that what we are studying is a mystery to everyone not in the classes, a professor mentioned that we shouldn’t expect to understand everything right away. She said – take notes, reread the notes, and some day it will all click. Trust me.

So I’ve come to the wavering conclusion that although I’m (kind of) sure this program is a good fit for me, I probably won’t know if it is until something clicks.

In other news – I found a WONDERFUL spot to study during my lunch break. There is a point between two libraries where the libraries join and form a covered walkway (sidewalk). In the covered part of that connection, there are cubicles with power sources! It is a fantastic place to get work done and people watch.

The Explanation: Please don’t ask me what I’m studying when you see me at Christmas. I’m sure that if I know, I’ll have plenty to tell you.

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