Life and Family:
This past week was crazy weather-wise here in SoCal. On Monday it was 108 degrees (definitely a record for us) and by Thursday it was down to 75 and sprinkling! Very strange. Now, the weather is always a topic of conversation here in Santa Barbara, which is funny because most of the year it's rather unchanging. But for our family the weather mattered since Friday was my daughter's 10th Birthday and we had a pool party yesterday. Luckily the weather cooperated. As an aside, this week I learned about the latest fad: Silly Bandz. Are they popular with kids where you live? They buy them, collect them, trade them, and talk about them. They are rubber bands that come in all colors and are molded into shapes (palm trees, guitars, etc). Interestingly, both boys and girls are into this craze. I went to 8 stores to find packs to give as party favors and it was worth it to see how excited the girls were to get their "Beach Shape Packs"
10 years old.... Do you remember how great that felt to reach double digits?! We managed to spread the celebration out over a few days, which I think she really liked. I even surprised her at her dance company rehearsal Friday night with a cake for everyone to share. She claimed to be embarrassed (just a little), but I could tell she loved having all the attention from the teenage girls.
I had my first real Wednesday off from work this week, which felt really nice. I could definitely get used to working 80% time (except for that frighteningly small paycheck!)
Today we're going to World of Magic to find Halloween costumes!
The blogosphere has been a-buzz with Banned Book Week and my library was no exception. We had a couple great displays up and it created wonderful conversations with students about how many of their favorite books and authors have been banned.
At lunch each day a teacher or staff member joined me outside the library at lunch. I move our couch, coffee table and chairs outside so that the staff member can read aloud from the Banned Book of their choice. Very few students join us to listen, but I love sitting there listening to good readers read aloud.
Books and Reading:
Today is the last day of our local Planned Parenthood book sale and I am hoping to go and see if I can find some cheap books to add to my school library collection. Since it's the last day the prices are dramatically reduced, but it will probably be pretty picked over as well.
I am really looking forward to the Dewey Read-a-Thon next weekend. My daughter will be at her dad's so I will actually have time to read! In the past few weeks I have days and days where I am so busy I don't even pick up a book! I need a good solid chunk of reading time to get back in the groove!