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Subject: Kid in a Candy Store--that's me!
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 4:01 PM ET
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I'm at work, minding my own business, when I get a phone call from our local Family Resource Network.  They're a non-profit that helps families with food, diapers, etc.  They give baby showers for expectant moms about every three months, and give away tons of wonderful items, including the big stuff, like car seats and cribs.  They get these huge semi-trucks full of all kinds of random things, like granola bars or Huggies or whatever you can imagine.  Once it was hamster cages.  But hey, if it's free, they find something to do with it.  (Every kid at the library that read 10 books got a hamster cage.  Yeah, parents hate us. LOL)

Anyway, the call today was about the latest shipment. BOOKS.  And the innocent question, "Would you like to come pick up whatever you need for the library?"  

I now have 20 boxes of new books sitting in the library's conference room.  I got Conn Igguldsen's Genghis series.  The Eragon series.  Jean Plaidy, Diana Gabaldon, Libba Bray, and on and on!  It's like Christmas!  How cool is this?  I just had to do my happy dance for people who would understand!


Date Posted: 2/2/2011 4:11 PM ET
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Oh, my! All those wonderful books and they won't even count as a "gain" in the challenge.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 4:16 PM ET
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God bless Family Resource Network. How wonderful!

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 HappyDance3k.gif image by lettyloveswill

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 8:19 PM ET
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That is great Vicky - how many of those are you going to bring home to read?

Letty - I laughed out loud at the "happy dance"!

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 9:07 PM ET
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Jeanne, I like his little tail. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 11:14 PM ET
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How wonderful!

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 7:27 AM ET
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God bless Family Resource Network. How wonderful!


This is SO true!  Yesterday was just one of those days where everything fell into place.  I had three young, strong men in the library at once, and they brought all 20 boxes to the library and stacked them in the conference room for me!
Now I just hope there are no meetings scheduled for today.  I need to sort the books, and divvy them up between the five libraries in our county.
I'll let you know what I bring home to read. wink  
I also had another brainstorm.  There are quite a few ARC's in this shipment, mostly of YA fiction.  Wouldn't those be perfect to use to get a girls reading group started?  We have a local group for girls, High Rocks, and I think that would be a perfect home for these ARC's.  I'm going to pursue that today too.  Whee!
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 10:37 AM ET
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I had three young, strong men in the library at once


I don't even want to know why you just happened to have these young men there, but congrats on the books! I think your idea for the ARC's sounds like a great plan and I'm sure the girls will think so too!

I wonder if my library could get involved with someting like this. Maybe so, but my librarian really thinks we have plenty of books already..... I have more books than the library! Oh, it's really past time for this lady to retire! Most of her purchases are for Christian Fiction and that's great for whoever wants to read them, but what about some variety?! She gets a small amount of bestsellers that are sent automatically each month, but it's just not enough. She's even decided to start closing the library on Saturdays, instead of the usual Mondays, and the weekend is the only time most working people have to take their kids to the library. She drives me crazy! Vicky, if I can get rid of the sweet library lady, will you move here? The town leaves complete control of the library to the one librarian....

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Date Posted: 2/3/2011 12:16 PM ET
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Vicky, that is great!! what a great program.

I checked your link for the High Rocks, but it isnt up in our area. Looks like it is just the counties around you. Bummer. my girls would like that. In morgantown, if your not a college kid, there isnt much to do.


Date Posted: 2/5/2011 2:53 PM ET
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polbio, High Rocks began in Hillsboro, and the majority of the action is still there, I believe.  But maybe someday...it's wonderful how they focus on empowering young girls, keeping them interested in school, esp. math, science and the arts.

If you're a "High Rocks Girl" you have fame! wink


Okay, so I added a book to my keeper pile from this haul:  Lucy's Legacy, by Donald Johanson.  It was on my WL!  Nice new hardcover...yay!

I grabbed these to read:

The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

Wolf's Cross by S.A. Swann

The King's Mistress by Emma Campion

The Exile of Sara Stevenson by Darci Hannah

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

A Saint, more or less by Henry Grunwald

Death, a life by George Pendle

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

The Maid of the White Hands by Rosalind Miles (Book TWO of course)

Then four Jean Plaidy's, but they're all parts of series...so that would be more acquisitions if I read them.  Arrgghhh!

I just need to give up on the Biggest Loser Challenge!!

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 3:00 PM ET
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How wonderful Vicki!!!

I think the YA reading group is a good idea.  My DD has very little books available to her at the library AND nothing like a reading group....which she would love!

Our librarian's idea of YA fiction is for ages 4-8.  Lots and lots of those books.  And her adult selections aren't so great either.  Lots of very old books.  Her new books are one's I don't usually read. 

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 3:05 PM ET
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Wow!  Great finds!  The good thing about the Plaidy's is even though they are part of the series hers can pretty much be read as stand alones.