Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sunday Salon ~ June 6, 2010

June....can you believe it?  This was the hottest, most humid week we have had so far. I spent most of the week indoors with the AC (not a fan of hot weather).

This week we went on a retreat for work ; there were about (16) of us. Apparently, every year, the library staff helps out another organization in need, by offering US up as free labor. In exchange, we as a team get to bond, work outside of our comfort zone, and are treated to a fabulous meal as well.  This year we volunteered our time at another library, a huge library with several branches ~~ all have suffered budget/staff cuts. Some of the projects we worked on were: moving some of the fiction and non fiction stacks, preparing boxes of summer reading materials (packets and prize packages), mending books, cataloging and sorting supplies for summer vacation craft projects.

Three of us spent the morning assembling the summer reading program materials for the main library and branches. In the afternoon, I sorted the craft supplies; both jobs were fun.

Look how cute the entrance to the childrens room is:


This event was a huge success, and as a lover of libraries, it was great to help another organization in need of some help.

I did not get a lot of reading accomplished this week, but I did do some reading. I finished the audio version of : Let the Great World SpinLet the Great World Spin: A Novel; McCann (it was great - review needed), and Christian the Hugging Lion; Richardson, Parnell and Bates (cute story - review needed).

I'm in the process of reading:
Did you read anything good this week?

Have a great week everyone!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for highlighting two new authors for me and the books were unknown as well. Mudbound and Every Last Thing.

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  2. It is great to hear your event was a success - I love that elephant :-)

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  3. Hilary Jordan is one whose next book I look forward to reading. She did a fantastic job with Mudbound, and I am glad that you are enjoying it.

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  4. The retreat sounds like a great idea! I love the entrance to their children's section.

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  5. Love the entrance to the children's section and what a perfect place to do some volunteering!

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  6. Hot and humid here as well, and I really hate hot weather!

    Love that picture.. the elephant looks so cute. Great that you got a chance to help other organizations through your library!

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  7. How nice to work with books and help out libraries for a full time job! Enjoy your reading! Here's
    My Sunday Salon

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  8. That event sounds like so much fun! Just the sort of volunteer work I'd love to do.

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  9. Awww, Horton! Your job sounds more and more like a dream.

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  10. The retreat sounds wonderful Diane. All 3 of the books you're in the process of reading, I need to read. I'll be interested in your reviews of them.

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  11. Your retreat sounds wonderful! I LOVE the entrance to the children's library! What library is that!? I still remember the paintings on the wall of our original children's library. They were the characters from all the familiar children's books that we love so much, lounging around, etc. Now those paintings serve in a different city building, but fortunately they will be preserved.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love that room! Hooray for libraries!

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  13. Sounds like a great week. I have Every Last Thing on my wish list at the library. It looks great.

    I gave you an award...

    http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/06/sunshine-award.html

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  14. I bought Let The Great World Spin after seeing so many rave reviews, now I just have to open it!

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  15. What a great project. The more I hear about your job, the more I wish I had it!

    And that children's room entrance would rival anything at a book store. Fantastic!

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  16. I work for the State of Calif. I wish they'd let us volunteer once in a while during our regular work hours.

    So the audio for Let The Great World Spin was good, eh? Glad to hear it. I enjoyed the book very much.

    Well as you know I have been gushing all over the web about The Passage which I just finished last night. I starting The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's nest tomorrow so I am excited about that.

    Getting my summer list together too. Decisions, decisions...

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  17. What a wonderful idea for a staff outing! I'm so glad you had such fun while helping another library out. What a great place to work!

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  18. I agree the Children's Room is adorable!

    It sounds like you had a very productive week.

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  19. I listened to LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN on audiobook too, and loved it.

    (I'm also from 5minutesforbooks.com)

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  20. What a wonderful way to show support for other libraries and have some team bonding time!! It sounds like you guys did a lot of good out there and that you had a good time doing it!

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  21. I was really disappointed with Hot House Flower so I look forward to reading your review!

    -Amy
    Life by Candlelight

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  22. I can't believe we are halfway through the year!

    What a wonderful event. I'm glad that you guys were able to help another library.

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  23. What an awesome idea to share resources (people) with another library. Sounds like the retreat/project was a fulfilling one.

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  24. Happy reading :-) Did you finish Mudbound yet? I read it a couple of months ago and also found it an excellent read. I have been too busy with work for a long time now (and have also been travelling work related) and I really haven't had much time to blog or visit. But I have missed doing the blog rounds and want to thank you for your comment on Stitches. That was a great read. Hope you have got a bit cooler weather now - here in Denmark it was pretty last week, but this week began with a lot of rain, and today wasn't that great either...

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  25. Louise, I did finish Mudbound and LOVED it. Sad at times, but so very well written--just a fabulous novel. I'll be posting my review soon; I need to catch up on a few :)

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  26. What a great thing for your library to do! It's a little break for you, a big help to them, and way to have some fun with your co-workers. Win, Win, Win!

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