This has been a pretty crummy week with the untimely deaths of Pamela Mantey and Andrea Costa whom were both battling downright aggressive cases of cancer. As a result, I’ve been feeling pretty down in the dumps.

Here’s an attempt to capture my bookish thoughts and actions from this week:

  • Since Andrea is the daughter of a close family friend, RB and I will be making a donation to Eastpointe Memorial Library in her name for the youth department.
  • Ray Bradbury passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91.
  • Wednesday marked 68 years since the invasion of Normandy, France (aka D-Day).
  • I have three possible sites for my practicum this fall — now I’m left just to wait-and-see as to where I’ll be assigned. Per SLIS policy, as a student I can only recommend — the practicum coordinator has the final say.
    • Frustration: Because I am interested in rural libraries, I’d like my practicum site to be in a rural community — preferably in the Thumb area. Unfortunately, it’s the policy of the SLIS that the supervising librarian hold an MLIS. Fact: the majority of rural librarians in this area do not have a MLIS (and in some cases not even a Bachelor’s degree).
      • I am disappointed because to follow the policy means that I am deprived of the opportunity of interning under a number of very kind and rural experienced librarians who would love to share their knowledge and experience!
    • The 30Y.30L project really helped me network and talk to directors about the possibility of hosting my practicum.
  • In this week’s YA Lit lecture, instructor Sue Todd made the following statement when introducing a piece of literature to the class. She said, “This book is not for everyone, but it deserves a place on library shelves for those that may be dealing with these issues.” I loved the statement and plan on incorporating it into my library-speak. Thanks, Sue!
  • Historical fiction novels in verse helps to mix up and refresh a genre that is commonly labeled as “stuffy” with the tween and teen crowd. It also can engage the reluctant reader as well as inspire young people to learn more about historical events.
    • Fact: my favorite genre is historical fiction. (Big surprise, right?!)
  • Before Lit to Film Club this week, I met up with fellow MLIS candidate, Camille, and had dinner in downtown Rochester at the historic Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar. It was great to finally meet her and the conversation was first rate: archives, books, and libraries. She attended Club with me!
  • I didn’t end up reading this month’s selection for Lit to Film Club — The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. I read the first section on apples and felt incredibly guilty spending any amount of time reading for pleasure when I had a stack of books glaring at me for the YA Lit class I’m taking this term.
    • Yet I still attended the Club and found myself really getting into the documentary. When I have more time, I definitely plan on picking up the book again.
  • For my YA Lit class, I had to select a different author to focus on for my project. Unfortunately, Veronica Roth is too new of an author and hasn’t published five books as of yet. I am now focusing on Ursula K. Le Guin instead.
    • I read the first two books in the Earthsea series last fall semester when I was taking LIS 7560: Vampires, Wizards, and Superheroes — A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan.
    • Over the past two weeks, I’ve worked my way through the series and actually started the last book yesterday afternoon — The Other Wind.
    • I used MeL to interloan Conversations with Ursula K. Leguin edited by Carl Freedman.
  • I am working on a new bibliography — supernatural / paranormal YA fiction.
  • When I’m feeling down, besides reading a good novel or playing my drum set, I love going for a country drive in my truck with the roof open and windows down. On Thursday, I ended up cruising over to Frankenmuth and informally touring their library — James E. Wickson Memorial Library. (I’ll create a separate post at a later time to share my thoughts and observations.)