Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 Well, I have been busy -- but not writing regularly on this blog. Things I have been doing lately: Volunteer Library Director at the Gunter Library & Museum. I work five hours every Tuesday evening, 2:30-7:30. During that time I help patrons with whatever, order and catalog books, sort donations, provide a STEM class for 3rd-5th graders after school, develop and expand our tiny Maker Space. I work one Saturday a month 10-2. I spend a lot of time outside the library, going to relevant meetings, keeping up with the profession and books being published, finding activities for the STEM group, planning summer STEM activities, writing grants to help fund this non-profit library. I also write 3-4 articles for our online Friends of the Library monthly newsletter, the Gunter Gazette. I write a local history article, a gardening article, and a Library Update. I am a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International. For a recent Toastmasters Area Contest, I wrote a tall tale and entered the Tall Tale contest. I came in 3rd, so didn't advance. I liked my story well enough that I am finally doing what I once thought I would do after retirement: I'm going to see if I can get it published. I have sent the tale to my foster daughter who is a talented artist. I'm looking forward to her illustrations. Meanwhile, I have joined SCBWI to take advantage of their resources and networking for new writers. I also love to garden. I have several raised beds, the first of which I started about five years ago. Every year I expand a little more. Merrill still does the traditional garden, with large quantities of vegetables for freezing and canning. My small raised gardens are for small quantities that I can harvest and use for meals as needed. I gave one of my plots to my grandson Sean this year. He picked out the plants he wanted at the local nursery, among them, several cauliflower plants. Last Sunday he harvested his first cauliflower. What a proud young man he was -- I think he's hooked on gardening now! I'd like to say I will be blogging regularly, but I don't have a good track record! Goodbye until next time!

Friday, August 14, 2015

I haven't been blogging in a while. I need to start writing regularly. Today is just a promise to talk next week about books I'm currently reading! Meanwhile, here is the NetGalley Challenge 2015. Challenge Participant

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Book 2 of the Raven Boys.

Like the first book in the Raven Boys series, I couldn't put it down. Each chapter seemed to draw me deeper into the action, just as it did to Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Gansey. We learn a lot more about Cabeswater and leylines in this book, and lots more about each of the characters. New players become part of the drama, extending our knowledge of the original characters. It becomes evident that far from being psychic onlookers, each of the residents in Blue's home are deeply involved in the action and have hidden many things from Blue. Again, we are left hanging at the end of the book with several unanswered questions.  How long must we wait for the next installment???  Yes, we will purchase this second book of the series for the library. This is an excellent extension of the story line. I expect this book to fly off the shelves. Publication date is September 17, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Age 70 isn't too old to start something new! Actually, becoming a staff writer for the new South Grayson Sentinel doesn't call on new skills. I wrote a weekly column about the Van Alstyne Library for sixteen years while I was Director of the Van Alstyne Library. What is new is that I won't be writing just about library subjects. In our first Sentinel issue, I wrote an historical article about Hilltop Haven, Gunter's local nursing home which is closing down after 65 years. My second article is an extension of that article. When the nursing home began as Home for the Aged, it opened in the existing building of Gunter Bible College which existed from 1903-1928. I'm writing an historical article on Gunter Bible College. I have some family stories connected to the College that I can include since my Father-in-law and Mother-in-law both attended the college and my Father-in-law also taught there. I'm looking forward to an opportunity to delve into history as I start this new phase of volunteering, writing regularly for a bi-weekly newspaper!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Updates 2012

It's been a long time since I posted to this blog. In the meantime, I've cruised to Alaska with my husband (August), attended the ARSL conference in Frisco (September), visited my Tennessee grandkids (December), adopted a puppy (January), helped the Gunter Library & Museum move into new quarters (Dec-Jan), and started a book discussion group at the Gunter Library (January). That's not all I've done, but it kept me busy. Now I'm wondering if I committed myself to too many things! After all, I'm supposed to be retired! However, on Mondays I'm involved with Toastmasters, on Tuesdays I volunteer at the Gunter Library, on Wednesdays I'm at church and sometimes help deliver Meals on Wheels or lead the book discussion group, on Mon-Fri my husband and I workout at the gym, Sundays are church days and grandkids are here. That leaves me Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for other things -- like cleaning house, shopping, reading, computing. Not bad, after all!

I'm reading Jean Carper's 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss. Keeping the body and mind active, eating healthy whole foods, and surrounding oneself with stimulation is supposed to delay or prevent age related dementia. I'm working at it!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Beyond Method #12: Library Technology

Beyond Method #12: Last Dance: Evaluation. I finished!!!
1. My favorite exercises include Smilebox and Shelfari. I'll be using those most of all. i can use them personally as well as professionally.
2. My lifelong learning goals include trying to keep up with technology changes, even though they proliferate exponentially! Even though I retired in June, after 43 years in libraries, I will continue to be involved with libraries as a volunteer, and as a member of TLA. If I want to keep myself relevant to the daily changes in information technology, I need to continue learning through webinars like this.
3. One of the take-aways I really like is Skype an Author. This has such great possibilities -- why didn't I know about it sooner!
4. Improvements for the course? I like the self paced learning and the exercises to hold myself accountable for actually doing the hands-on learning. Improve by continuing to provide this kind of tech training.
5. Yes, I would definitely participate if you have a similar program.

Beyond Method #11: Library Technology

Beyond Method #11 concerns use of online surveys. I have participated in many surveys using several of these tools although I haven't devised such a survey myself. I can think of several ways to use these tools. I plan to use SurveyMonkey to poll visitors to the Gunter Library & Museum facebook page to see how many would be interested in forming a historical society in Gunter. PollEverywhere is a new tool to me. I can see where it could be useful in a library focus group, and perhaps could be used in some YA activity where they are game playing.