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Thing #11

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I’m back at work, continuing in the “23 Things” program.

For Thing 11, I tried out Library Thing.  My account is at

Library Thing is a site to catalog your library books.  A fun idea!  You can catalog 200 books for free–seems like a kind of piddly amount.  Still, for $25 you can get a lifetime subscription and catalog as many as you want.

One fun thing about this–After cataloging five books, I decided to see what books Library Thing would recommend I should read next.  Sure enough, most of the books listed are ones I already have–and love.  But the first one was new to me–so I’m going to check it out and read it–the comments do make it sound like a book I’d like.

So, the question is:  Is Library Thing worth it for someone who has a bad habit of buying books?  Would I really even begin to get them entered?  Would it maybe embarrass me and help me finally control my book-buying?

I do have my own system of keeping track of my books–and I review everything I read (Well, okay, I’m a year behind–but I try!) on  Library Thing could be interesting in “meeting” people who enjoy the same books, but I’m not sure I have time or interest in keeping it up….  Maybe I will enter some more books, or maybe enter books as I review them, and see what I think.

Thing #10

Thursday, August 9th, 2007


Thing 10 is to play around with image generators.  I thought I’d make a sign in honor of the logo of — God Heals Hurting Marriages.

The catch is that the image I generated on the site,, is much bigger and easier to read than what I was able to save.  A little bit frustrating.

However, on the site you can upload your own pictures and then make albums and calendars and things like that.  Could be a lot of fun.

Thing #9

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Now I’m on Thing 9 of the library’s 23 Things.  If I do them all, I get an MP3 player!

For Thing 9, I’m supposed to add some RSS feeds to my bloglines account and blog about it.

I’m warming up to Bloglines.  This try, I discovered the “Add” button, which makes it easier to add feeds.

The blogs I like best seem to all be found as links on my friend Akelda the Gleeful’s blog.  She has some great links!

That’s how I recommend finding feeds.  Start with a blog that you like, then look at the links they link to, and so on….  Real networking–because if you were to graph the links, you’d have an intricate network.

Today, I read all of Akelda’s “Children’s Books That Never Were”.  Sooooo funny!  Indeed, I don’t think that Marjorie Flack could have gotten Angus Lost published if the original idea was to present Angus as a platypus.  So good she got direction…. 🙂

Bloglines also let me know about a bunch of knitting blogs–I’m looking forward to looking those over, too.  Bloglines did NOT have a set of Kidlit blogs–so I’m delighted that Akelda has plenty of links to those.

I’m starting to like RSS feeds.  It’s not as simple as messages in your e-mail inbox.  I tend to prefer that–and some of my Sonderbooks subscribers do too, I can tell.  However, once you have a place to go to see what’s new, it is a convenient form….  It’s probably better to keep the list from getting too long, so you can keep track of the ones you really follow.

Thing #8

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I’m doing a series of 23 Things for Loudoun County Public Library’s Learning 2.0 program.  We are supposed to be learning to use Web 2.0 technology.  On each step, we’re to blog about our experiences.

Thing #8 was to set up a bloglines account and subscribe to some feeds.

So far, I’m not real happy with bloglines–I like My Yahoo much better, and wish we could have taken our pick.  I probably won’t use Bloglines a lot in the future.

Besides, I set up my own personal feed reader at, the former site of my blog.  (And there are archives there of my adventures in Europe.)

I believe that Thing #9 has us exploring Bloglines a bit further, so I will see if I grow any more fondness for it.

I tried to add Brotherhood 2.0 to my feeds at Bloglines, and it didn’t work real well.  That’s the video blog my son and I are now hooked on.  It’s library related, because John Green is a YA author, right?

My life now is busy, busy, busy, but I figure that since Learning 2.0 is a program sponsored by my employer, I can try to get a Thing done every week or two, and that’s fair.  It’s a challenge doing that.  Sharing an office, running story time, Babygarten, and Summer Reading programs, we don’t get a lot of time at our desks.  So I’m seizing the day today….

Something Silly at Flickr

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

This website reminds me of a trip I took with my son on RyanAir.  They had economized by taking out seat pockets–and had the cartoons of emergency procedures on the seat backs instead of on a folder.  My son commented that the guy in the cartoons was having a really bad day.  Sure enough, each guy in each emergency landing was dressed the same, and looked like the same fellow.  A bad day indeed!

I can’t stop laughing when I look at this website:


Sondy’s Story at Sterling

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

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Originally uploaded by SondySue

My second day on the job, and already I was helping with a pizza event for kids.

Libraries are great!

YA Author Breakfast

Thursday, July 12th, 2007


With Gene Luen Yang, 2007 Printz Award winner, author of American Born Chinese.


With M. T. Anderson, 2007 Printz Honor Winner, and author of Feed


All the authors who were at the breakfast.  Some I met were Lois Lowry, Terry Trueman, Virginia Hamilton…


ALA Conference

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Going to the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC was a wonderful experience!

I was especially thrilled by the chance to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Award Banquet.  I loved this year’s Newbery winner, The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron, and it’s no surprise that Susan Patron is a fantastic speaker!  After all, she’s a wonderful writer, and she wrote her own speech.  It was funny, insightful–and I was thrilled to hear it in person.

The Caldecott speech by David Wiesner was also excellent.  And it was a treat to see the video tribute to James Marshall for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

In all, some of the high points of the conference were meeting authors–and getting advance review copies of their books.  Two ARC’s I’m especially excited about are Shannon Hale’s and Jerry Spinelli’s sequel to Stargirl, titled, Love, Stargirl.

The Printz Award Meeting and Reception was another highlight.  Unlike the Newbery Award, all of the honorees gave speeches, not just the big winner.  I thought the winner, Gene Luen Yang for American-Born Chinese, was absolutely brilliant.  And I’ve been a huge M. T. Anderson fan ever since I read Feed.  (Although I bought the book for my son for Christmas last year, I have not read his latest book, for which he won a Printz Honor.  But I will!)  I think his sense of humor is brilliant, and his insight into today’s culture is hard-hitting–both those things were clearly evident again in his speech.

I got to meet both of those authors at the YA Author Breakfast, and I will post pictures.  That breakfast was a whole lot of fun.  They said to “think speed dating,” and had the authors spending 10 minutes at each big round table.  It would have been nice if there were either more authors or fewer tables, but it was still a lot of fun.

More author talks were also highlights.  I guess I’m a writer at heart, and hearing other writers talk about their craft inspires me.  I’m also a new, idealistic library science student, very excited about finishing my degree this year and beginning a career as a librarian, with the glorious job of connecting people and books.

Other wonderful author talks were by Lois Lowry at the Margaret Edwards Luncheon, and Judy Blume.  So inspiring!

One place I didn’t expect to see authors was at the oh-so-fun Book Cart Drill Team Championships.  The hosts were Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems!  They are every bit as funny as the books they write, and I was thrilled to have front row seats to see them, even if the Book Cart Drill Teams hadn’t been so much fun.

Yes, I went to some workshops, too.  I enjoyed the one called “What’s the Big Idea?” about using story times to teach early math and science concepts.  It ties in well with the training we already received about early literacy.  There are many playful things you can do with kids that will teach them as well as providing a bonding experience.

But especially fun was browsing the booths and collecting ARC’s or buying inexpensive copies of books.  Now I have my old problem in full swing:  So many books, so little time!  I got smart after the first day, and brought a rolling bag to carry my loot.  I filled it each day!  Yikes!  Now there are some fantastic books sitting in my house waiting to be read!