Teen Hackathon 2018

Washington County Library had their first Hackathon yesterday, November 3rd. It started out with being a small team project and ended up becoming a huge endeavor. Our administrative team helped a lot with the logistics of planning the actual event and setting up for it the day before/morning of. They also took care of the … Continue reading Teen Hackathon 2018

What I Checked Out in October

I'm finishing my graduate coursework in December, so October has been a busy month. I checked out a few things that I have not been able to start yet, so I will save those for next month. After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel to Me Before You. It's a very honest portrayal of … Continue reading What I Checked Out in October

MLA Conference 2018

I attended the annual conference for the Minnesota Library Association on October 12th. I only went the second day of the conference, but my library was able to cover the cost of registration and mileage, and pay me for my time there. The single day was $130 as an MLA member. My membership cost $20 … Continue reading MLA Conference 2018

Preparing for a Hackathon

I am part of an initiative team at my library that is in the process of organizing a Teen Hackathon. The topic we are focusing on is wearable technology. Teens will be able to create their own wearable technology in teams. It's an all-day event with 100 teens and 20+ volunteers. The initiative is led … Continue reading Preparing for a Hackathon

What I Checked Out in September

I checked out Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado on audiobook, which is narrated by Amy Landon. I really enjoyed the first few stories, but some of the later stories were disorienting. I checked out the book to see if that was easier to read, and it was, but the book is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in September

Ready Player One vs Ready Player One

This does not contain spoilers. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was well-received by the literary community, earning 4.29 stars on Goodreads and appearing on the New York Bestseller lists for hardcover, paperback, and audio (beautifully narrated by Wil Wheaton). Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg received above average reviews (7.6 on IMDB) and … Continue reading Ready Player One vs Ready Player One

What I Checked Out in August

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica  I checked this out because it's a psychological thriller and it takes place partly in Minnesota. I liked the non-sequential writing style and the unexpected twist at the end. The audiobook is narrated by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier I checked out the … Continue reading What I Checked Out in August

Mystery Fiction Program

One of my favorite classes in graduate school was Reader's Advisory and Genre Fiction. I took it during the winter semester, so all of the coursework was crammed into five weeks. I read 4-6 books every week, and I absolutely loved it. We explored all the major genres and each genre's subgenres. I had so much … Continue reading Mystery Fiction Program

QR Codes for Online Databases

Online databases are an important part of libraries, but a lot of patrons don't know what they are or that they're even there. Databases have been intimidating in the past, with scholarly-looking homepages and complicated search engines. Now, many of these databases are becoming more user-friendly. Unfortunately, that doesn't help if users aren't getting to … Continue reading QR Codes for Online Databases

What I Checked Out in July

The Handmaid's Tale audiobook by Margaret Atwood is narrated by Claire Danes. I requested it after noticing that a patron at my library had requested it. Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator and the book is beautifully written. The Woman in the Window audiobook by A.J. Finn is narrated by Ann Marie Lee. The narration is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in July