National Library Week: Meet my library peeps!

Helloooooo!!!!!!!!!!! It’s National Library Week! WOOO!

reading rainbow library dance

Today I’m going to do something a bit different. Instead of writing about why libraries are the best, I’m going to show you a video of why libraries are the best! As you may know, I work at a public library. I also am working towards my Masters in Library and Information Science so I can be a *real* librarian one day. I pretty much adore my job, and a big reason for that is because I work with some pretty awesome peeps. Our library put together a video of why “Libraries Transform” (this year’s motto), and I’d love you all to see it. I am so incredibly proud of my workplace. Fun fact: the library where I work is the first ever library in my state (and the 3rd in the nation!) to graduate students with their high school diplomas. (The program is called Career Online High School, and our library offers scholarships to adults wanting to get their high school diplomas!)

Libraries are constantly doing incredible service for (and with) people who need it, from just offering shelter from the cold to offering reading programs for kids, free internet access, ESL programs and citizenship test prep, home delivery to those without transportation, and in many libraries, media labs where you can record video or music and edit projects with expensive hardware and software that you probably won’t have access to anywhere else. (Shout-out to the library for having iMovie so I can edit one of my final projects!) ((And yes, I’m still bragging on my library that offers all of these things.)) But even if your library doesn’t have a fancy media lab or extensive database offerings or other costly resources, libraries simply offer a safe community space for people looking to connect with their community. They can be the center for civic engagement in a community, a safe space for teens, and a hub for newcomers to learn about their new community. I just said “community” like 4 times. Also, I said earlier that I wouldn’t write about why libraries are the best, and I just spent several paragraphs writing about why libraries are the best. C’mon, Em.

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Reading list for your period!

Guess what, internet? I’m menstruating right now! GASP! I know, right!? Shocker! Let’s talk about it! At the moment I am on day 1. Day 1 is the worst. Part of me wants a Java Chip Frappucino, part of me wants sleep, and part of me wants to bend in half backward because, for some reason, I feel like if I do that, the jackhammer that is currently hammering away on my lower back will stop. I took a shower but I still smell weird, I did a workout, and now I’m writing this post! How normal!

A while back, several bloggers wrote some great posts about how there should/should not be more mention of menstruation in books, specifically in YA. I’m not going to talk about that because my simple opinion is that, yes, we need more of it. But this post, this post, and this post are all great if you want to read some opinions on fictional periods (or lack thereof). I was someone who had pretty abysmal sex education growing up, so I am all for anything that helps people feel more knowledgeable and comfortable in their own bodies.

Instead, let’s talk about us! Many readers out there have periods, too! So what do you read when you’re being visited by Auntie Flow? I usually don’t read anything special other than my current reads, but you know, sometimes you just need to break out the comfort books or the books that make you feel empowered. So for anyone with a period, here’s a reading list for your time of the month – or let’s be real, anytime, really.

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Rose Recommends: March | Learn some web design!

Hey hey hey! It’s almost the end of the month, so that means it’s time for me to do a recommendation post a day or 2 before the month is out! I should really start titling these a month ahead….

I took a Web Design course last semester and it has helped me immensely, not only with designing websites, but also with designing graphics. I figured this could be a useful topic to recommend to book bloggers, since we spend so much time on the internet, and many of us design our own stuff (and put so. much. time. into that, too).

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Big Announcement: The Apparating Library and Resist Readathon!

Guess what, blogaroos!? I’m doing another thing! So. Have you ever heard of the Harry Potter Alliance!? If not, you MUST go check it out, because the HPA is seriously the coolest nonprofit organization around. In short, the HPA encourages positive real-world change through fandom. For example, you know how the Order of the Phoenix fights for justice in the Potterverse? Well, the HPA fights for justice IRL and welcomes people from all fandoms to become fan activists! For instance, the Protego campaign fights for trans rights, and the Neville Fights Back campaign fights against, well, lots of stupid stuff happening in the White House right now.

AND they have a BOOK CLUB!

And AND I’m the new Co-Manager of that book club!

And and AND we’re having an AWESOME readathon!

Allow me to explain.

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Questions for Book Bloggers!

Questions for book bloggersHello, you! Are you a book blogger? Then I have questions for you!

As many of you know, I am currently working on my Masters in Library and Information Science. This semester, I am taking a course called “Literacy, Reading, and Readers.” I have to do a final project for the course that centers on a topic about reading. I decided it would be a great idea to examine a community of which I am a part – book bloggers!

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Beauty and the Beast Review; or, an incredibly fangirly ramble

If you know me, you know how much I love Beauty and the Beast. Belle is my favorite Disney princess, the 1991 animated film is my favorite Disney film, my internet handle is inspired by it (@enchtdrose) as is the title of my blog, which you can read all about in a previous post. Obviously I was quite excited for the live action film, especially since the cast includes actors from some of other beloved franchises (Harry Potter, Lord of the RingsDownton Abbey) as well as beloved Broadway talents. Basically I was set up to love this movie from the very start.

And I did. I loved it despite some small critiques I have with the film. I haven’t done a film adaptation review in a while, so I’m totally counting this as an adaptation (of the original animated version as well as the original fairy tale). I just got back from seeing it a second time, so here it is! Be warned: it contains spoilers. And it’s long.

Beauty and the Beast poster

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Goodreads Tag

UUUHHHHHHHHHHHG. *stretching noises*

Genie stretching

Hey, blog. It’s really good to see you. I thought I’d do a nice, easy tag today. You may or may not know that I just got back from Disney World, where my brother got married. It was magical and wonderful and phantasmagorical, but now I’m back in the real world, and naturally, because of travel and lack of sleep and adjusting back and forth to cold weather, I am ill. But that’s ok because it was seriously one of the best trips of my life and any cold is well worth it.

Anyway, a tag.

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