Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Group Post 3 : Some Utah Authors in Dec. Happy Books in Jan.

For December 2017 we talked about books by Utah author couple Caralyn and Mark Buehner and Utah author Rick Walton.


Then in January 2018, we talked about happy books, which included the following titles and authors:
(again, if there are some that we talked about at the Jan. meeting and I didn't write it down, let me know and I'll add them-thanks!) :
  • books by Mo Willems
  • The Secret Pizza Party by Rubin 
  • Jingle Jingle by Smee
  • Good Boy Fergus by Shannon
  • Ish by Reynolds
  • Yes Day! by Rosenthal
  • Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Breen
  • books by Karma Wilson
  • 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Schwartz
  • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Fishman
And, on the note of humorous things, this is what happens when most people don't let the library staff know that the receipt printer is turned off and finally someone does!  We generate a lot of book reminder receipts at just one station!  (This is at a checkout station that is used infrequently through the day and yes, these are receipts from just part of one day.  I glad to say our library sees a lot of usage from programs to computer use to people actually checking out physical materials.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Group Post 2 : Unpleasant Emotions in Nov.

November 2017 we talked about unpleasant emotions since the holidays can be a stressful time.  Everything from anger to jealousy to sadness. 

We found an emotions page from Inside Out on the Whatscookingsister blog:

Books discussed included:  (sorry if I missed any titles that we discussed that time-let me know and I'll add them in!)

  • The Grumpy Dump Truck by Spangler
  • I'm Not Scared by Allen
  • What Do You Do With a Problem by Yamada
  • Feelings by Parr
  • Sam's Pet Temper  by Bhadra
  • The I'm Not Scared Book by Parr
  • The Kissing Hand by Penn
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad by Yolen
  • The Princess and the Fog by Jones
  • Who Wants a Tortoise by Keane
  • The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater That Grandma Knit by Macomber
  • Dolores Meets Her Match by Samuels
  • Crankenstein by Berger
  • I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard by Mann

Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Group post 1 : Henkes in Sept. and Donaldson in Oct.

In September of 2017, we talked about books by Kevin Henkes.  Interview from NPR (National Public Radio) in 2015:

Interview with BookPage in 1996:

Kevin Henkes Homepage:  He's got activities and teaching and discussion guides!

In October of 2017 we talked about books by Julia Donaldson of Scotland. 

Julia Donaldson website:   This woman is amazing!  She's written poems, songs, all kinds of books, and lots of wonderful things for children (and adults who love cleverly written works). 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Randomness #595: Why not do your first 5K in the snow?

 Start: Cold and windy
End: Even colder and snowy

Result: Warm clothes, turning up the heater, and drinking hot chocolate when we got home. 

We didn't know if we were going to do the 5K, finish, and make it back in one piece so we kind of kept it a little quiet to see if we could accomplish the goal.  Well, goal accomplished. We're planning to do more 5K's in the future!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Author #174: Candace Payne makes us laugh with joy

Chewbacca Mom has a book out, Laugh it up!, and she talks a lot about joy in her book.  I'm listening to the audio version which she narrates and I'm really enjoying it.  5 discs of happiness with some real-life experiences and different ways to look at the positive and negatives in our lives. And, if you haven't seen the Chewbacca face mask video:

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Randomness #203: Deeds of inconsistencies

* Refrigerated popular juice combo drink with carrot, orange, lemon, and beet.  Mica: "The fruit juices did not make up for the pure horror of the beet juice."

*Hedgehog added to the grocery list around Christmas time:
 -cough syrup
-Santa costume for Jack
-Elf costume for Jack
-plain apple juice
-olive oil

(Here's a throwback to Pirate Jack) 

*"I don't need more negativity in my life." (Mica after I reminded her she had books due the next day.)

*Daisy was lamenting back in 9th grade that she didn't have friends in her lunchtime period.  Hedgehog advised: "You should grab some 7th graders.  They would worship you and be your little padawans."

*Jack was sitting opposite to Hedgehog on the large 4' x 6' area rug in the room.  She slowly started moving the carpet.  He looked confused because the floor was moving but he stayed on the carpet.  I started quietly giggling at his continued confused expressions as she moved the carpet this way and that with him balancing on top.  

Then she started singing "I can show you the world" from Aladdin and I burst out laughing.  Jack startled, jumped off, and immediately turned around, attacking the carpet edge. Hedgehog kept moving the carpet and he kept attacking it. Hedgehog commented he had found the biggest toy yet in the house.  Good call, Hedgehog, good call on the song choice of "A Whole New World" for Jack's magic carpet ride. 

*Mica brought home seafood leftovers one day and I asked her to remember to eat her mussels.  She replied, "No, I prefer to keep them intact, thank you"  referring to her muscles instead of mussels.

* Words of internet knowledge from the young: Daisy informed me that the no more tears claim on a popular baby shampoo referred not to no more crying tears in your eyes but rather to tears in your hair like split ends.  It prevented split end tears not crying tears. We did get it sorted out thanks to J&J.

It was easier finding source material proving that the Monkees did the song I'm a Believer in 1966 and that Smash Mouth did the cover in 2001.  She kept insisting Smash Mouth did the song first and the Monkees must have gotten it from them.  When I pointed out I heard the song when I was young, she was confused but stuck with her group.    I tried to get her to tell me when Smash Mouth came out with the song and she just replied it was from the movie "Shrek", which came out ages ago.
I was laughing so hard it was difficult to find the video to show her the version of the song that I grew up hearing.   

Thanks to PNGMart for the Shrek graphic.and to to youtube for the Monkees video and to Johnson and Johnson for the shampoo info.