Lesson 3 Part 2 Challenge: Lib Guides

Lesson 3 Part 2 Challenge: Lib Guides

Guys, if you never used a lib guide you are missing out. They are such great resources for finding lots of material about a specific topic. And there are TONS of topics. Where ever you are go to your libraries webpage and find their lib guides. But, mentally prepare yourself to get lost in a black hole.


Anyways, time to get down to business. So. For mah job I have to make a short list of the lib guides I think would be helpful to our patrons and a list of lib guides I think would be helpful to my coworkers and myself.

List for Patrons:

  1. Bluebonnet Awards – This lib guide would be great to refer to parents that have kids in 3rd to 6th grade. These books are the creme de la creme and I get a lot of people asking what books are Bluebonnet books. Therefore, this lib guide would be a great resource to refer curious parents to. Unless you have all the past winners, current winners, and future nominees memorized (kudos to you if you do and you have too much time on your hands).
  2. What Do I Read Now? – We’ve all been there. We finish a book, we loved it, we feel bereft without it, and now, we want more like it. But, oh, THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS! Fear not! There is a lib guide for that (and plenty of apps, but that’s not the point). This lib guide is great because it has everything in nice lists that are divided by genre, series, subject, themes, award winners, and even book groups. What more could your panic inducing book withdrawal ask for?
  3. Creative Writing –   Calling all writers! Here is a resource for you! Its full of lots of books that would be great reference tools for you as you improve on in your writing. Once schools I’m going to be checking several of these out! It is also a great resource for students that are having issues with research papers (raises hand) or regular creative writing work.

List for Staff:

  1. Downloading Books – In this age of e-books it makes sense that those that work in a library, in any capacity, know how to operate their e-book services. For SAPL we use OverDrive and this lib guide has a lot the answers to questions that we get asked in our job.
  2. Mobile Apps & the Library: Tools You Can Use – There is an app for everything. SAPL is not exception. We have a mySAPL app that give our patrons access to everything they need to check out books, put books on hold, check their accouns, or even renew checked out items. Its a great resource. But sometimes it takes a little while to learn how to navigate. This lib guide is a good quick guides type of resource for staff so that we can stay informed and be able to troubleshoot with our patrons.

Well, that’s all for today folks! Hope you found this informative and be sure to check out the lib guides!


Lesson 3 Part 1 Challenge: Lets Learn About Databases

Lesson 3 Part 1 Challenge: Lets Learn About Databases

A young lady came into the library today and asked for help on a research paper for an American Lit. course. First, I internally squealed because, yay!, a fellow English major. Then I asked her what or whom she was writing on. She wasn’t entirely sure, but she decided she would start with Walt Whitman and she what she found, since she really enjoyed reading excerpts from his poem, Songs of Myself. With this in mind, I pointed her towards the many databases that the library has to offer.

First, we went to Academic Search Complete so she could find some peer reviewed articles on the author himself. Then, to start looking at articles that talked about the work, we went to Contemporary Literary Criticism and Literary Reference Center. We found some great analysis of the work on these two databases and a good biographical source that she would like to use in her introduction.

20 Interesting Facts about Science Fiction

Terribly sorry I haven’t been as active this week folks! This semester is coming to a close and, as I am sure most college students are, I am feeling the bloody STRESS. 

Anywho. During one  of my breaks from reality I came across this fun article about the Science Fiction genre. I think the Science Fiction genre is truly innovative and fantastic, but I also think there exists a haze of misconceptions around it. Of course, those that love it are impervious to it, but those that are not apart of the Sci-fi world… I think fear it. Strange. So, check the article out and leave me comments about your opinions! 

Also, I think I have an entertaining line up of books to be reviewed, so keep an eye for those reviews! [But don’t be using binoculars or anything because, like I said, I’m wee bit busy at the moment. :)] Cheerio!  


Trivia about classic science-fiction In this post, we thought we’d share some of our favourite facts about science fiction, SF, sci-fi, call it what you will – partly because the world …

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Review of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”

Review of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”

What an interesting read! I have always heard Neil Gaiman’s name being thrown around and read many a glowing a review about his writing, but I never read any of his works. Of course, now I have!

Coraline is a children’s chapter book that is good for, I would say, children that don’t mind creepy things (preferably if they like creepy things) and who do not need a lot of pictures when they read. I’m not putting an age on this suggestion because all children are different. Some are more advanced then others, and some aren’t mentally ready for the subversive creep factor that is in this book. I was reading Nora Roberts in middle school.

The premise seems to be based on the old saying, “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” Coraline is a young girl whose age I would put around 10. Her parents are like many parents now-and-days: busy, distracted, and not nearly as attentive as their children want them to be. However, Gaiman does not make them out to be terrible, by any means. They’re an accurate portrayal of modern parents.

To Coraline though her parents never listen to her and don’t pay attention to her. Coraline sometimes seems like a severe child. She comes across as very serious (sometimes), curious (always), and an explorer. She’s a spunky little thing and learns some valuable lessons through her journey. She is also extremely well at adapting to bizarre situations (which makes her, in my humble opinion, a rather nice example of survival of fittest. Never mind she’s fictional.).

The other mother … well. Lets just say that character gives new meaning to the evil step-mother stock character. Though, I am not entirely sure the Other Mother would be considered a stock character. When the reader firsts meet her she is perfect – kind, generous, loving … but she’s too much of all of these things. And there are of course the button eyes.


[This is the other mother from the 2009 movie.]


[This is the other mother according to the illustrations by Dave Mckean.]

Cue heeby-geebies. I am interested to learn why Gaiman chose buttons. Any ideas as to why?? (Comment and let me know!)

ANYWAYS. I hope y’all read the book (it’s very short. An easy … 2 hour read.), because I believe, depending on everybody’s personal experiences the other mother will look different to each reader.

Before I go I want to let y’all know something. These reviews are not always going to be summaries. They are going to be more like highlights and low points that I found interesting or had a strong opinion on. And I do this because 1) there are plenty of summaries out there to be found on all the books I am posting about on here, and 2) I hate when people ask me what a book is about. READ IT. Then lets talk about it. 🙂

Here are some other images from the movie and novel that I found creep-taculous (yes, I just made an adjective.).

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Random Wonderings b/c of Willy the Shake

Random Wonderings b/c of Willy the Shake

It’s the end of the semester for me and I have four papers between me and INTENSE R&R time, in my room, on my bed, with my pooch and endless period dramas. But that’s then, back to the now.

Now, I am combing through 5 tragedies of Sir William Shakespeare, with tonight’s focus being Macbeth. [Side note: I did not like the new version of this play with Michael Fassbender. I feel ugly on the inside because of this, but oh well. However, I will be using pictures from that movie because the actors that play the Macbeths are superb.]

For those of you who have not read Macbeth, spoiler alert: HE DIES. But he dies because he heard three witches in the middle of no where tell him he would King of Scotland. Macbeth is like, “Hey! That sounds like a grand idea! Let me go kill the current king so I can make that happen ASAP.” Then there is Lady Macbeth (see below),


AKA Marion Cotillard, being ambitious enough to make Lucifer quirk an eyebrow that just will NOT let her hubby off the hook. When he starts to falter in his resolve to do the bloody deed, she comes up to him and snatches that man card away. She wants to be queen, and she is not going to let something as silly as being a decent/normal human get in the way of that.

So, the Macbeths kill Duncan, become King and Queen. Nobody really likes them, then they are found out. Lady Macbeth goes bonkers and kills herself. Macbeth has his head cutoff. The end. Great play.

So, there is y’alls random wonderings for this week. Do you like Macbeth?