Lessons in Gilesdom: L is for Librarian (With a Capital L)

So a long time ago, in a borough far, far away, I graduated from grad school. And there was much rejoicing. And then I got a job in a school, and then in another school, and there was even more rejoicing than the first time that there was all that rejoicing.

Rejoicing is the best, man. Rejoicing can hang with me any day.

But today, this day, this day in America, there is even more rejoicing to be had. For I have finally achieved the lofty ambition of “doing what I went to school for,” a mere oh-god-way-too-long-how-many-thousands-of-dollars-in-debt-am-I-oh-god-if-only-I-could-afford-to-curl-up-and-cry-in-the-corner after graduating from library school.

Yes, I… am a Librarian.


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Doll Bones: In Which Holly Black Makes Me (Even More) Afraid of Dolls

One of the awesome job perks to being a librarian* is that you get to go to publisher previews.

Even the title is creepy.

Well, okay, “getting” is a strong word. You don’t get greeted with invitations upon graduation. Really, you have to finagle your way in through charm and grace and knowing the right people and then manage to not muck it up or get a bad reputation among your fellow librarians as a free book-hoarder**, but once you manage that, it’s one of the best perks of the job. You get to meet nice people, drink free coffee, and get books before they’re available to the general public.

Which is how I’ve received, read, and am now reviewing Doll Bones by Holly Black three months before it hits shelves. Thank you, Simon and Schuster!***

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I Kind of Love This

And by kinda I mean okay, yes, I love this.


Korra is Totally Going to Save the World or, Why You Should Be Watching More Cartoons

So those of you paying attention may have noticed that over the weekend my domain name expired and I fell victim to SPAMMER PIRATES.* Because this weekend I had two options: a) renew my domain name OR b) go to New York Comic Con and spend too much money on stuff.

Only one of these options involves me wearing a “Coulson Lives” T-shirt. Guess which one won?

But since I am reclaiming this ship from pirates, and I ran around being a nerd till I couldn’t nerd no more, today calls for a nerdom post. Obviously. So, presenting the top cartoons that you as a grown-up should be watching. Because cartoons+money to buy beer and your own snacks while watching cartoons=the best cartoons ever.

That’s math. Can’t fight that.

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All These Things I’ve Done: Teenagers and the Future!Mob

So recently I got to go to the Macmillian Preview, and lo, it was awesome. Previews are generally pretty awesome– oh, wait, you want to give me free books for my kids and booktalk to me for like an hour and a half? Sorry, no thanks, that sounds too awesome, not my thing– but this one was exceptionally cool. The sheer tonnage of awesome I received made it hard to decide which one to read first; I’ve only got two eyes, four if I’m wearing my glasses. CURSE YOU MORTAL BODY, WHY WASN’T I BORN WITH MORE EYES?

But in the end, the decision was made for me. Because as I walked in, someone was holding up a book and saying “futuristic teenaged girl mafia don” and everything good inside of me went “THAT. GET THAT NOW. KNOCK DOWN CIVILIANS IF NECESSARY” and it was on. Which, Dear Reader, leads me to All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.
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I’m Solo (I’m Han Solo)

I’m just gonna leave this here.

Dance with me, Internet. You know you want to.

Teen Tech Week, or How I Put on a Week of Programming and Didn’t Set Anything on Fire by Accident

Because, really, that’s the sign of a successful week of programming: nothing is scorched and no one’s leaving with fewer eyebrows then they came in with.


About a year ago, I was appointed to YALSA’s Teen Tech Week Committee. And there was much rejoicing. And then about three months ago, I got a new job as a technologies librarian. And there was even more rejoicing (because jobs are awesome.)

And then I realized– “Hey, my new job has started in time for Teen Tech Week. I’m on the committee. It’d be kind of a jerk move if I was pushing the rest of the community to do techie things and not doing them myself. Right? Yeah, that’d totally be a jerk move.”


And so dear reader, I made my very first attempt at programming with the Teen Tech Week: Old School Petting Zoo. Come forth after the jump and learn from my triumphs and mistakes.

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