Seven Bullets and a Bubble

Bullet points, I feel like using bullet points, especially since nothing much is going on in my library world outside of summer reading club.

P.S. I was inside of a bubble.

bubble librarian

It’s Like Time Travel

Without school to worry about for the summer, I’ve been able to become more acquainted with the databases my library offers. One in particular that I found interesting was Access Newspaper Archive. I’m not sure I’d ever have a personal use for it, but I can see how a patron might find it useful for a genealogy search.

Some of these newspapers go back to the 1800s, browsing through the headlines felt like I was traveling back in time. The further back you go though, the harder it is to read, so I looked for the news in Bakersfield – because Fresno wasn’t available – on the day my mother was born, and here is what I found:


Try it out and see what you find.

Keeping Track of What I Read: June

1. Is this Panama?: A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill (Picture book).

2. Grandmother Ptarmigan by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz (Picture book).

3. Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her by Amy Novesky (Picture book).

4. “Talking with An Untamed State Author Roxane Gay” by Jay Grabiec (Online article).

5. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (Novel).

6. “Child Burial” by Paula Meehan (Poem).

7. “Allegro” by Tomas Tranströmer (Poem).

8. “A Blessing” by James Wright (Poem).

9. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 2 by Brian Micheal Bendis (Graphic novel).

10. Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler (Short stories).

11.“I Go Back to May 1937” by Sharon Olds (Poem).

12. “A Green Crab’s Shell” by Mark Doty (Poem).

13.“Making Love to Myself” by James L. White (Poem).

Read Octavia E. Butler on her Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Octavia E. Butler! She would have been 67 years old today. oeb

I’m going to eat a cupcake in her honor and I plan to read one of the interviews in Conversations with Octavia Butler. In addition, the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network is celebrating by sharing “love notes” on their Tumblr page. I sent in a love note of my own to participate and you can take a look at it here.

If you’ve never read anything by Octavia, I suggest starting out with Bloodchild if you like short stories, or Fledgling if vampires are your thing. You like time travel? Try Kindred, but if you need a trilogy, go for Lilith’s Brood.

Side note: And a happy birthday to my cousin Krys who shares Octavia’s birthday.