Next Steps

Last summer I worked a bit with the people who developed the website NextSteps Idaho. I found it was a good resource for lots of information even if you weren’t the target audience (Idaho residents).

For example, here is a fun page where you can imagine your best life and see what it takes to maintain your chosen lifestyle. Create different scenarios and see how it affects the bottom line.

https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/plan-smart/intro

I find it helpful for my audience to check in with reality. Maybe internet cost is not something one would think of when designing a sustainable income. We think of rent and food and car, but what about clothes, entertainment, or — children?

I admit this page is geared toward Idahoans, but many of the other pages (especially the aptitude sections) are free, fun, and full of awesome info. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to highlight some of those in future.

So many books, so little time — a Quiet review

I’ve been reading so many books since my last reviews. Where to start?

For a book that will make you think, — try “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. Ok, maybe that describes most librarians, but I found deep thought around this topic and plenty of balm for my guilt for not being more… what? — outgoing? boisterous? charismatic? humorous?

Why can’t the world see that some just need a little space once in a while? There’s nothing wrong with that. If you agree (and even if you don’t), “Quiet” will convince you that if you’re wired such that you enjoy alone time, there is reason to create that space and hang on to it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520610-quiet

Oh, and there’s even a TED Talk.

Enjoy.

Still thinking about “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman

I’m still talking about Seraphina when asked about what I’ve read this year, though I finished it several months ago. It was outstanding to me on multiple levels. I made a list of what I found in the book.

  • prejudice
  • secrets
  • music theory
  • shame
  • victory
  • gifts
  • and more

Well as you can see, it made me think on several levels. I mostly agree with this review. It’s a bit long, but very accurate as to how I experienced the book. (True confession: I read both books and agree with their take on the second book too.)

A big part of this review is the expansion on Rachel Hartman’s ability to portray Seraphina’s mind work — what’s going on in her head. This is a fascinating aspect to the book and raises it above normal for this genre in my estimation.

Thank you for reading!

The Pandemic and the Ballet

Several years ago my New Year’s resolution was to watch more “live” performances. Since I knew people from Lionel Hampton School of Music, this was not difficult. I have many outstanding memories from that resolution!

During the Pandemic, this old habit has taken a hit and I have not been able to watch live performances at all. But this month, looking for some dance performances, I ran across Dance Theatre Harlem. They are celebrating Founder’s Week (51st anniversary) and I’ve been able to watch some wonderful dancing.

I especially enjoyed this bit of info behind their Creole Giselle. Take some time to watch!

Many professional dance companies have created streaming content or video content to share with their fans and audiences. I’ve found theatre and dance companies especially generous with their access in light of the fact that they are not able to tour and perform to paying audiences.

This Sunday, there is a streaming performance from Dance Theatre Harlem. The Valentine’s Day ticket price is $7. Where could you ever get to go and see DTH for seven dollars?

Check out all of their virtual ballet series.

Don’t forget to see The Valentine’s Day performance!

The Brotherband by John Flanagan

We are enjoying John Flanagan as an author and using the interviews on YouTube to get acquainted with this author’s motivation in writing for teens.

Our library already has the complete set of the Ranger’s Apprentice and we thought another series by this author might be of interest to our readers. Bullseye.

We now have the complete set of The Brotherband books.

Here he explains the difference between Viking and Skandian.

Follow-on videos have him talking about his series.

Long ago and far away, it seems that his own son was discouraged because of his unimpressive stature. Dad to the rescue – to write stories for his son about smaller boys being successful. One of his stories got out to a larger audience and the rest is history.

Of course at this point, he has fans.

See above his Grijze Jager Dag appearance.

Popular on audiobook and ebook as well. Enjoy the adventure!