Flurry of Activities

It has been busy for the past couple of weeks with homework and seeing people.  On Friday, October 25th, I received a great surprise.  Brett Butler, the baseball player, came to our school to talk to the local high-school and college baseball players.  As a child I avidly watched every Dodger baseball game on the television (at least all the games my mom would let watch).  This was back in the 90s, so the games were still good.  I loved watching Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo, Orel Hershier and other Dodger players, but my favorite was Brett Butler. I remember when he was first diagnosed with cancer and his comeback when everyone thought his baseball career would be over.  The night that Princess Diana died, I was standing in line at the local Target with my Brett Butler autobiography, praying that I’d have a chance to meet my hero.  Sadly, that was not the case and I was heartbroken.  Baseball, as a child, meant a lot to me.  So seeing Brett Butler up close and hearing him speak was monumental.

I also saw Marilynne Robinson later that evening.  She was witty and quiet.  The venue was amazing as it was an old theater in Santa Barbara.  She shared more information about Glory and her decision to return home that was not in her most recent book, Home.  These details just showed how much Marilynne Robinson was acquainted with her own characters and the hope of having another Gilead novel.

Last week I saw John Green again in Santa Monica (I saw him earlier at the ALA conference, but he was only signing books).  It was amazing.  John Green drew a crowd of not just highschoolers, but adults of all ages.  Admittedly, some adults were there with their children, but not many.  There were only a few (I could count them on one hand) who haven’t been faithfully tracking the Brotherhood 2.0 or was not a Nerdfighter.  The energy in the room was fueled mostly from John Green himself (which was surprising due to how long he’s been on tour) as he dressed up as Walt Whitman, threw marshmellow peeps into the crowd, and was relaxed  on stage as if he toured all the time.

Besides traveling up and down Los Angeles County, I have been working away at my classes.  In less than six weeks my first semester will be done.  After the middle of November I will have only six units, which will feel like a breeze after doing on average 10 units (hurrah for one and two unit classes!).  And as the stores don their Christmas decorations, I’m reminded that all too soon the homework will be over.

#5 on NY Times Bestsellers

John Green’s book, Papertowns, is now #5 on the NY Times Bestseller list.  Knowing that it is John Green’s, and any writer for that matter, dream to be on the Bestseller list, a hearty congratulations to him.  Hopefully it will only go up on the list. If anyone hasn’t read the book yet, I do recommend it.  And though it is hardback, it is relatively inexpensive, only $17.99 (not $25 like most hardbacks are when first published). Or, just go to your local library and request a copy to read for free.  And if you can’t remember what on earth this book is about, go read my review at RedFence.

Ramblings concerning Book Sculptures and Papertowns

Cara Barer Being a librarian, some may assume that I care deeply about the well-being of books.  Well, I do, but there are many books that I don’t care about.  Recently I came across this blog on the Art of Cutting Up Books.  It is fantastic.  For, what do you do with a Windows 95 how to guide?  What relevance may it have now?  It may have some for a very small proportion of the world’s population, but not a whole lot.  The images of the books are great.  But please, don’t take our books and make your own art.


Also, John Green put together a playlist for his newest book (still to be released) Papertowns.  It’s great.  Simply stated.  I can’t help but to enjoy the brilliance of Papertowns as I’ve been re-reading it again for a review I’m writing.  It is by far his best book (and only third, so it can only get better right?).


And perhaps because its the first day that feels like Autumn that I’m feeling nostalgic, but I want to re-learn how to draw from Ed Emberley. I remember as a child taking his books and teaching myself how to draw stick figure animals, trucks, trains, and monsters. I still remember how to draw the elephant — first start with a big letter D. Oh the joy of childhood.


photo from Cara Barer Photography (my favorite gallery online).

Currently…

Papertowns

I am reading Papertowns and am loving it. Read it the moment I woke up this morning to the time I had to go to work. I had to remind myself to go to work today as I had to go in later. Sleeping in and then reading in bed really made it feel like a day off. Just one more day of work and then a four day weekend! I love holidays!

This Weekend…

…just flew by.


Friday I helped out at a seminar for Government Documents and the Web. Mostly I just tried filming each speaker. Before going I didn’t know much about Government Documents or the collection/maintaining of them, so it was a great learning experience. And I was even able to learn a couple new tips about technology. That afternoon I went to another seminar on Library Mashups, which essentially means trying to integrate users on the web with library resources. Or at least that is as much as I learned. With technology and its vast array of uses I have seen several different ideas and images of what mashedup libraries look like.


Saturday I picked up lots of books, some I may not ever read. I am most excited about getting an advance copy of John Green’s newest book Papertowns. I also managed to get John Updike’s book too. Probably getting a book signed by John Green was the highlight of the day. He was fun (whatever that means) and engaging. He even signed the six or more books that somebody had in front of me. That impressed me the most, but perhaps it was because we were still close to the front of the line. Writer’s cramp had not yet set in.


I have many thoughts about the weekend, libraries, and books, but it will have to wait. My throat is sore (from lack of sleep?) and it is making me cranky.