In which Miss Molly realizes it is October.

And that she hasn’t posted for over 2 months…I cannot believe it. I don’t know what happened to August and September. Summer Reading ended and I was apparently sucked into a vortex of Fall Family Reading planning, comic conventions, and storytime.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining in the least. It has been a fabulous and amazing time. Storytime continues to be one of my favorite programs. I have wonderful families that attend, some of the CUTEST kids imaginable, and I get to bounce around like a lunatic for an hour a day. How can you not to love that?

I also started two evening storytimes during the week, since I know that not every family has the luxury of being able to stay home with their child, or hire a nanny/au pair. SO, Thursdays at 7. It is a continuation of the program that I ran over the summer, that did fairly well. My supervisor was initially hesitant, because they had tried something like this years ago and it didn’t work out. But, I pressed it and she let me try.

And it is going so well! I am averaging about 25 people a week. That is big for my town and for a drop-in storytime! SO, huzzah! Along those same lines, but a little different, I have started a Superhero storytime–where a special guest superhero, or villain, comes to storytime to read, sing, and play some games. That has been lovely too. I have wonderful friends that I press into service, but they actually enjoy it, so it is a win all around!

In addition, and I promise that this does relate to the library, I got to go to Supernatural Con in New Jersey this year. I love the show Supernatural. I find it smart, and amusing, and just all-around wonderful. I also love that the guys who star in the show are fantastic people, who actually do everything in their power to lift others up and make the lives of other people better through their actions, their charities, and initiatives.

While I was at the convention, I got to meet an author named Megan Padalecki, the sister of Jared Padalecki (one of the actors on the show….he plays Sam…). She was wonderful. She wrote an adorable book called Big Mo, and we got talking about things. big moShe self-published and really wants to spread her message to schools and libraries. Big Mo is about a pet lizard who keeps eating and eating and eating until he swallows the world and is all alone. Sounds terrifying, but she does it in a humorous way, with a little lesson at the end…I don’t want to spoil the book for you! But, I can tell you I will be reading it in storytime. For sure.

She is another one of those wonderful people that you meet along the way. And I always love meeting another library enthusiast. And that is my point….there are library lovers everywhere! Sam and Dean to TONS of research, and are in libraries in the show quite a bit, actually. So take THAT. Now all they need is a librarian on staff that they consult. I volunteer as tribute!

"No Rest For The Wicked" - (l-r) Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on the CW. Photo credit: Sergei Bachlakov ©2008 THE CW NETWORK, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Anyway, it is just a short post today….trying to get back in the swing of things. Have a wonderful weekend!

In which Miss Molly finishes out Summer Reading

Yes, you read right. We finished our Summer Reading program this past Thursday. It’s been crazy. It’s gone incredibly fast, yet has also been incredibly tiring–but in a good way. In the, “I worked really hard and accomplished something” way, and to me that’s a good feeling. But…..now I just want to lay out on the beach and sleep for a week.

Luckily I have a bit of a break before our fall programming starts, and I’ll just be planning and planning and planning. We’re rolling out a few new programs, and rearranging some of our standards to see how it all works out. I’m excited to see where we will be going this year.

I also have some plans of my own that I’m working on. Yes, super vague, but I will let you know all about them if they shake out. I’ll just throw a spoiler out there and say it involves a dinosaur. And really, who doesn’t LOVE dinosaurs. Fascinating.

raptor cindyToday is really just a quick update, saying that I am in fact alive and will hopefully have a longer, more detailed post coming in the near future. Storytimes will be starting back up, as will Mangled Messes. I also begin yoga certification training soon. I can’t wait to see how I can apply that to my programming. 🙂 All good things in the coming days.

In the mean time, enjoy this wonderful day. Get outside. Read a book! (Might I suggest LumberJanes, Ms. Marvel,  Princeless, and/or The Sin-Eater’s Daughter)

In which Miss Molly keeps on keepin’ on.

It has been an exciting summer, full of changes for me; some good, some difficult, but all beneficial.

The library has been crazy, wonderfully, and exhaustively busy. I wouldn’t have it any other way, of course, but it does make it difficult to find me time to take care of all the fun things I want to accomplish–you know, like updating blog posts. But, my silence just means I’m in the thick of it, and (to me) that’s what it’s all about anyway. Getting to talk about it is only half the fun!

I had my big summer program this past week. It was a Princess and Superhero party. It. Was. Beyond. Fabulous. And a run-away hit. I conscripted The Hero Army, the cosplay group that I’m a part of, to come to the library. Our new initiative this year is the Princess Platoon–Disney Princesses for days. cindy2With a successful first launch at Connecticon, our next stop was the library. I had activity stations set up to make crowns and masks, I had trivia, and search and finds, and Cinderella’s missing slipper around the library; but none of that mattered once the kids saw the heroes and princesses. It was an hour and a half of hugs and pictures and laughing and awe-struck kids. It was wonderful, and definitely the energizing kick I needed for the penultimate week of our Summer Reading Program. cindy1This was the entire group of awesome heroes and princesses who volunteered their time to come to the library…driving from all over the state. These guys are the absolute best. I love them, and they are basically family. I am incredibly happy to be part of such an amazing group of people. (I’m Cinderella, BTW! Can you say “Dream come true!”?)

Speaking of Heroes in the library, my second article is up on Comics, Cosplay, and Geek Culture in Libraries; it’s called Throwing a Superhero Bash at Your Library. AND, a separate website dealing with teen programming in the library picked it up! Which is awesome. So many exciting things coming together. I love that several things I love (cosplay, the library, library programming….) are picking up so much speed. It’s great to see the creativity. I hope that what I do inspires someone else to create something awesome.

I’ll leave you now with a few images from the Princess/Superhero night! For more, checkout the album on the Southington Kids’ Place Facebook page.

cindy