A Free Range Librarian in Denver

Welcome back friends! I have finally made it to Denver, Colorado after 2 long months of packing and selling our house. It has taken every ounce of brain power to leave one life behind and start another. I haven’t had a chance to blog or much less read. My life has been boxes, packing tape, contractors, and goodbyes. It’s nice to finally be a bit settled.

One of my first stops was the Arapahoe Library’s Castlewood Branch for a new library card. This is a smaller branch that reminds me a lot of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library in Springfield, Missouri. The layout is open and welcoming with lots of seating for all ages. I am in love with their maker-space and looking forward to using it now that I’m in a tiny one bedroom apartment. It was really easy to find things and all the librarians have been very friendly. Bonus: You get to choose the color of your library card!!

I’m taking a bit of a break from job hunting right now. My hubby joked that I’m a free range librarian. I’m looking at my options and taking my time with the search. It’s hard to imagine having another library job that was as awesome as my last. I’m feeling a bit lost at the moment as I sit here writing this blog at the library. A huge part of me wants to be behind the desk helping patrons find books or planning a new teen program. For now, I think that I need some sleep and a few more weeks to get to know where I live! All good things are worth the wait.

So, what does this mean for Skipping through the stacks? I plan to do more book reviews and to revisit some of my library programs that I haven’t had a chance to blog about. I’m also going to add some book promos for upcoming titles that I think my readers would love. I also might throw in a craft project or two! I am debating on changing the look of the blog again or even going pro. It’s all up in the air, so be prepared for all of the above!

 

Finally here is a short list of books that I’m loving:

Read:

 

 

The Valiant By Lesley Livingston

Epic gladiator book featuring a kick butt female lead. Romance is a tiny bit predictable, but the twists and turns in this book kept me reading. Review to come.  4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading: 

 

Flame in the Mist vy Renee Ahdieh

Isn’t this cover gorgeous?!! I just started this one and I’m already hooked. It’s publish date is May 16, 2017. I’m so stoked that I got an egalley of this book. Thank you times a billion!! I loved Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. Be sure to add this to your list of hot summer titles for fantasy readers.

 

 

 

 

 

TBR Pile:

 

Meet our Little Free Library #9078

It’s official, we now have a lovely Little Free Library in our front yard! What is a “Little Free Library” you ask? It is a small box or similar structure that houses books. The idea is to take a book and return a book for neighbors to enjoy. Want to know more? Check out the video from the official website.

As a Librarian, it seemed logical to put one in our yard. We were adopted by a local girl-scout troop who built, painted, and installed the library in our neighborhood. I told them to go nuts on the colors and it is really adorable. The troop leader’s husband built the library and the girls added the paint. It even has shingles and weather stripping!

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Here is the front of our library. The number is #9078. It has a custom latch and cute little door knob!

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The girls added a mini chalkboard on each side so I can leave messages.

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The back is just as cute as the front!

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Inside the library visitors will find an assortment of books. We have been hit pretty hard in the past few weeks are running low! It’s a good problem to have!

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I added a notebook and pen for people to leave us messages. I also added a cup of bookmarks. The messages have been very encouraging. One person wrote: (cue tears)

Thank you so very much. It’s people like you who make a difference. I’m still young. The only reason I can read is because of people like you.” 

We have had an absolute blast having this in our yard. It has helped us get to know our neighbors a lot better and we have loved seeing all the visitors. This year we are on a city wide scavenger hunt for a Passport to health living program and our visits have almost doubled in the past few weeks.

If you are looking for something fun to do in your neighborhood I highly suggest adding a Little free library. It is a great way to share the love of reading to those around you! For more information click on the link below and check out the libraries in your city!

www.littlefreelibrary.org

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my blog

 

Here lies the musings of a recent library graduate…

Sounds rather ominous right?! I have tried the whole blogging thing in the past and have struggled to maintain interesting posts in a timely manner. Recently I started writing for Geeky KOOL, which is a collaborative website featuring movie, book and product reviews that encompass all things geeky. It was there that I finally found my voice and a reason to write. My posts consist of book reviews and crafty tutorials for the everyday superhero fanatic. It’s a fun gig and it really stretches my imagination. However, my first love will always be in the world of Librarianship.

Here, I hope to branch out and feature book reviews, display ideas, links to awesome people, and other musings that strike my fancy. I currently work as a Library Clerical Assistant  for two schools in Springfield, MO. It is a fun and sometimes challenging job that is teaching more and more about the world of the School Librarian. I am not sure if this is where I will ultimately end up but for now I am enjoying the ride. I am certified in Children’s and Teen which will open the doors to public or private employment in the future.

If you want to learn more about me or my educational journey, check out my portfolio at:

http://www.valeriebogertsportfolio.com/index.html

 

~VEB