Mouse on a Gruffalo

As I was checking in our library’s copy of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo, I had a sudden inspiration. Then I had to wait until my lunch break to turn the inspiration into a reality. And did I ever make it real! BEHOLD: If you don’t get the reference, then check out this… Continue reading Mouse on a Gruffalo

My Bertoia Totoro

Note: this is sort of a combo-post of the original (posted in 2015) and now (2021). For various reasons it made more sense to do it this way than stay 100% faithful to the original. Now onto the fun! A few months back I stumbled upon an Apartment Therapy post where the writer had covered… Continue reading My Bertoia Totoro

Maneki Cake-O

<img class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2509″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”243″> It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I read the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce and was utterly smitten with them. One thing that stuck with me was that one of her strong heroines had a collection of&nbsp;maneki neko figurines (aka lucky cats). For many years I… Continue reading Maneki Cake-O

The Chronic Librarian

This is one of those rare “Life ‘n Stuff” posts – so feel free to skip it if you’re here for the decor and general library stuff. Seriously – you won’t hurt my feelings. <img class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2360″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”439″> I actually debated for a few weeks on whether or not to address… Continue reading The Chronic Librarian

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LEGO Fight Club

Today was following a thread on Storytime Underground’s Facebook group [which has been archived since this post was created]. The overall topic was about how to handle a situation during a LEGO club where an older boy shoved a younger one. At some point, one of the participants riffed “The first rule of Lego Club:… Continue reading LEGO Fight Club

Caddy Monster!!!

As I transition more and more over to the Children’s Library, I’m slowly making my desk my own. &nbsp;I still will, on&nbsp;occasion, share it with my boss – but it’ll be my desk more often than not. <em>(tee-hee!)</em> For my sanity I like to keep things organized (plus the public can clearly see back into… Continue reading Caddy Monster!!!

She’s Got a Ticket to (Not) Hide

I went on a organize-sort-pitch frenzy over a year ago when I came across a bunch of tickets and wristbands from concerts/festivals that I’d saved as&nbsp;mementos. &nbsp;They were just thrown into an&nbsp;accordion&nbsp;file and I felt like I should do something with them rather than keep them hidden away. A few weeks later I spotted a… Continue reading She’s Got a Ticket to (Not) Hide

Let the Right Monster In

Back when I was a young tyke, my most favoritest book that I made my mom read over and over again was Jon Stone and Michael Smollin’s&nbsp;<a href=”;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1353219227&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=there%27s+a+monster+at+the+end+of+this+book” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>There’s a Monster at the End of This Book&nbsp;</em></a>(sadistically forcing her to do Grover’s voice <em>every single time</em>). &nbsp;I believe that I fell in love… Continue reading Let the Right Monster In

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