Archive | October, 2010

I won!

29 Oct

I usually don’t have very much luck with contests or raffles, but I can’t seem to resist entering them anyway. Hey, you can’t win if you don’t play, right? So I was very pleasantly surprised to learn this week that I won the first contest over at First Page Panda!

I blogged about First Page Panda when it was first introduced, but I wanted to give everyone another nudge to go check it out. The concept is pretty cool: they post the first page of new and upcoming children’s and YA titles. It’s a great way for authors to get exposure for their work, and a great way for readers/librarians/teachers to learn about interesting new titles.

The book I won is a YA historical novel called Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela McColl. It’s about a 16-year old lady’s maid to Princess Victoria in 1838. You can read the first page and description over at First Page Panda. My plan is to write up a brief review here after I’ve read it, so stay tuned.

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Library podcasts

23 Oct

I love podcasts.

It took me a while to realize this, because I didn’t understand at first why anyone would be interested in a podcast at first. Then I started listening to podcasts of NPR shows on road trips – This American Life, RadioLab – and I was hooked. It didn’t take me long to hear about a relatively new library-related podcast called Adventures in Library Instruction, and I realized that podcasts can be a great way to squeeze in a little professional development on my commute. Continue reading