As I was shutting down my high school library on the last day of school this year, I found a hand-addressed letter in the mail. I expected it to be a check--another resigned parent paying for a copy of 1984 or Frankenstein that their student had lost during the course of the school year. What… Continue reading Marian the Librarian
So, the long-distance relationship, or LDR for short. According to a recent statistical report (http://infographicjournal.com/long-distance-relationship-statistics-in-the-us/), 10% of US marriages now begin as LDRs, and 2.9% of marriages operate on a long-distance basis. The report estimates that 14 million couples are engaged in LDRs, that the average length of time couples live apart is 14 months,… Continue reading Every Day I Write the Book
I saw today that 4-day badges for the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con are selling for upwards of $900—once again, my dream of bumping into Nathan Fillion and realizing our soulmate potential is dashed. I'll have to settle for poorly-recorded video of panel discussions posted to YouTube--until then, I'm revisiting some story collections to help me… Continue reading Words for Nerds
When La La Land hit Netflix recently, I asked a friend and fellow show tune lover whether she'd recommend it. Her response was swift and heated--she was seriously outraged that Mia and Sebastian didn't end up together. "It's a musical! It's supposed to have a happy ending!" She was so scandalized that I kept this thought to myself: I'm pretty… Continue reading Realistically Ever After
Congratulating myself on my progressive attitude, I recently suggested to my 12-year-old that we watch Netflix’ Thirteen Reasons Why together. I was surprised when she answered, “I’ve already watched it, Mom—everybody has.” After furiously binge-watching it myself (I admit I'd only read a chapter of the Jay Asher novel on which it was based), I… Continue reading I’m O.K., You’re O.K. Or Not.
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! Ask a librarian, a book-lover, or any generally smart cookie who her favorite superhero is--odds are, she'll say, "Batgirl." Yes, we love the outfit--who doesn't harbor a secret desire to don a black mask and gauntlets? But our admiration for Batgirl springs from a deeper well. Don't get me… Continue reading Batgirl is my Spirit Animal
I recently had a conversation with an online acquaintance about the dearth of books aimed at black teens that actually reflect their lives. Shopping for my school library, I struggle to find books at a high school reading level that are engaging, well-written, and still mirror my students' present-day experiences. I mean, does every YA novel featuring… Continue reading Gay, YA, but not Cliché