Category Archives: Things I love

Belated Obligatory New Year Post (redux)

Hello fair readers,

I never get these things up on time! Just like last year

2010 was special. It was my year of change. I moved in with my boyfriend and headed to a new neighborhood—got a new job, in a new type of library, in a field I never imagined myself specializing in–I published my very first featured article in Library Journal–I turned 28, moving just a bit further into my late twenties–co-founded the Chicago Deskset. Also my little nephew Oscar turned 1 and started to walk and talk and become a tiny little person. There have been lots of big moments.

But as usual, this has been a year of good reads, great concerts and complete loves. How could it not? Here are my favorites…

Cut Copy at Lollapalooza

I wish I could find the perfect youtube video to show you how completely in the palm of Cut Copy’s hands we were…it was just amazing. He said jump, we jumped. A lot. It was a total blast. Everyone danced. Everyone leaped around. We just fed off each other. I haven’t been to such a perfectly in sync concert with the musicians and the crowd just vibing off each other like that in years. Made Lollapalooza definitely the best concert experience of 2010.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

What can I say, other than: Go read it. Now. You can thank me later. Don’t worry that it was picked by Oprah for her book club. Who cares? Just get to a library and grab a copy of this book. Seriously….now! Stop reading this silly blog and go!

Grand Canyon National Park

Sometimes I think about how much I underestimated the power and majesty of the Grand Canyon…and then I laugh at myself. This was simply the best. We did a great deal of hiking at the canyon. I have done small hikes but this was a whole new level. It was so challenging and so incredibly rewarding in ways I never knew possible. Nothing compares to hiking on an unmaintained path, up the edge of the Grand Canyon. It changes things. Going to the Grand Canyon was a much needed reminder for me. I cannot wait to go back and discover more. Some people feel patriotic when they see an American Flag? Well this makes me feel patriotic. America the Beautiful, indeed.

There’s more. More moments and songs and books and words. 2010 was pretty good to me, looking at it overall. Funny how each year just brings more surprises. More depth. I can hardly wait.

Happy New Year, fair readers. To the days to come!

Have you voted yet?

Let me give you another reason to vote for my library:

This video was created by one of my very talented co-workers. Watch it. Like it. Share it. And please, vote.

http://vote.playaway.com/v/

826 Chicago

Hello fair readers!

Just want to clue you in on a little event going on this Saturday. Here are the details:

Come hang out at the next Chicago Deskset event to raise funds for 826 Chicago!

Date: July 10, 2010 3-5pm.

Location: Goose Island Brewpub, 800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL

We are supporting 826 Chicago. 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Please bring $5 (or more!) to donate to the charity. You can make personal checks out to “826CHI” or bring cash! We have a private room (Siebel Hall) with our own cash bar and food can be ordered from the menu!

Also if you have emailed us about volunteering for a committee we will try to get the groups together at some point during the event. And as always, we will have some sort of raffle in exchange for your donations to 826 Chicago.

So come have fun, drink local beer and raise funds for a great local charity! We hope to see you there!

To RSVP please use the Facebook page

I hope to see you there! Have a great week fair readers!

The Adventures of Flat Leah

Afternoon fair readers,

Have I ever told you about how hilarious and awesome Erika the Snarky Librarian is?

Erika impersonating a RUSA Board Director at ALA last year.

Because this girl rules. And she also happened to be one of my partner’s in crime at the American Library Association conference last year. (see above picture where we think fraudulent badge flags are *hilarious* and definitely worth wearing around) So when I found out that financially I wouldn’t be able to swing the conference this year, Erika went into full out creative mode and created Flat Leah.

Flat Leah!!

And then proceeded to take Flat Leah to the American Library Association conference in D.C. She took Flat Leah sightseeing…

Flat Leah on top of the Washington Monument

Hey look, it's that vampire hunter guy!

Flat Leah got to watch the world cup with all the other librarians

Drinking beers and watching soccer!

And even stand in the notoriously long lines at the conference center’s Starbucks

Coffee! nomnomnom

There’s more and of course, I created a Picasa album for your viewing pleasure:

http://picasaweb.google.com/yolaleah/TheAdventuresOfFlatLeah#

If you are so inclined, feel free to check them out.

So while I may not have been able to actually attend the conference this year, it is so much fun to have friends who are willing to go to such awesome lengths to make you feel included. I love my librarians. And thanks Erika, you make me laugh my ass off.

Have a lovely week fair readers and for those who were able to make it, I hope your ALA went swimmingly.

Made My Day

Hello fair readers,

After reading this post on librarian.net I spent a fair amount of time reading through this AskReddit thread. It’s hilarious.

My favorite part:

ha!

It pretty much made my day. Highly recommended reading if you have some time to kill. Here’s the linky:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/bqiwq/do_you_use_your_local_library/

Have a lovely week. ❤

Attention Chicagoland Bibliophiles!

Hello fair readers!

This is an announcement to check out one of the very large projects that I have been working on with some really cool librarians…

Chicago Deskset

And most importantly our first event, a book drive for incarcerated teens at the Grafton Pub in Lincoln Square! This isn’t just for folks who work in libraries. Our mission reads as follows:

The Chicago Deskset is a group of bibliophiles, librarians, archivists, information professionals, friends of libraries and those just crazy enough to support us. Our goal is to create an environment in which collective intelligence can thrive through social events and give something back to our community, supporting charities near and dear to our hearts. We believe that our local focus will make our projects more effective and rewarding for everyone involved. In other words, it’s where social responsibility hits the streets of Chicago, librarian-style.

If that sounds like something you would be interested in then come check it out! You can RSVP to the event here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363072017991

Hope to see you there fair readers!

I’ll bet you write beautiful letters.

Hello fair readers!

Last night I went to a planning meeting for a super exciting concept that is in the works. Let me direct your eyes over to the Info Activist website for a little more detail…

http://informationactivist.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/social-justice-librarian-style-and-a-networking-opportunity-are-coming-to-chicago/

A Chicago version of The Desk Set is in the works. There will be plenty more details to come. In the meantime, I have been given some homework…

That’s right. I’ve never seen it. Shame on me!

Have a lovely week fair readers!

Belated Obligatory New Year Post

Hello fair readers!

Happy belated 2010 to you!

omg it flashes!

Yay, flashing clipart! Classy!

I thought I would do what I should be doing on my  blog, which is obviously making lists of all things 2009-ish…just two weeks after everyone else is doing it. That’s how I roll! Behind the moment, am I right?

So here are a couple things that I totally and completely fell in love with over the past year:

Anything related to robots

Seriously, look how adorable my twitter wallpaper is. Bling! But really anything dealing with robots. Like this song:

fourfour

By far my favorite blog of the year. Ever read Jezebel? He is the one dude who blogs for Jezebel. My favorite posts are generally reality show episode recaps, particularly for Jersey Shore and America’s Next Top Model. And he’s kinda known for his hilarious animated gifs, truly an art form in his case…voila:

this should be in the moma

Various Design Blogs

I’m not sure when the design blog scene blew up but omg, there are so many good ones out there to inspire and remind you how severely out of date your actual real life apartment is. I love them and have used them to figure out what colors to paint in my new apartment, what type of furniture I might want to look into purchasing once I am not quite so poor, and what type of wedding I will plan when I actual getting around to that whole getting engaged thing. God bless you design blogs and all your dream making. My favs: Design Sponge, Wide Open Spaces and Once Wed

Summer Hours

I loved this movie. I loved this movie in a way that I forgot I could love movies. It was subtle and interesting and beautiful and well made and well written and well acted and just about perfection. It was happy and sad. It was beautiful and tragic. Mostly it was just a really fascinating view into the relationships of one family and really all families. I couldn’t recommend it more.

The Mighty Boosh

Just watch this

Now immediately go rent every season and fall into a Boosh-y daze of wonderfulness.

Last but not least…

Anyone who in anyway has helped/particpated/fostered the Young Librarian Series

Seriously, you know who you are. But just in case let me thank the following people: Erika Earp, Andy Woodworth, Sarah Schmidt, Melissa Fortson, Justin Hoekne, Mike Campagna, Adam Girard, Kit Ward-Crixell, Mandy Knapp, Amy Pelman, Sesheta, Carrie Straka, Tinamarie Vella, Victoria Vanlandingham, Laura Wimberley, Anthony Molaro, Molly Kelly, Steve Thomas and most most importantly the folks over at our parent website Tame the Web: Michael Stephens, Kyle Jones, Mikael Jacobsen, Katharine Johnson and Lee Leblanc for continued support and inspiration. You have all helped in some small or insanely large way to make the YLS happen this year and I am forever thankful for that ❤ What do they say about the wisdom of crowds again? Oh yeah…we should listen. 🙂

Well that’s about it. Have a lovely new year, fair readers. Here’s to 2009.

Cheers!

Belated Happy Things!

Hello fair readers,

This is kinda late-ish to be posting but now that we are officially in the throws of a most glorious Autumn

Image from pntphotos flickr page

Image from pntphoto's flickr page

there is more time to cozy up inside, grab a cup of coffee and keep my blogs up to date.  Am I right?

Anyways the happy thing that I would like to thank the Chicago Tribune for posting a great article about libraries and guess who was in it?

Changing Face of Library Science

Changing Face of Library Science

Yay!  The is the first time I have managed to get my picture in the paper since my theater days circa 1995 and also that was the tiny Kalamazoo Gazette…not the Tribune…so needless to say I’m super excited.  The interview was fun.  It didn’t feel like a “death of the book” type piece, which has become so common these days.  And I’m so excited that I actually didn’t get cut from the article! Woo hoo!

The link to the article is here but because its a supplement, its a little strange and pdf-ish. Just to warn you.

So hurray for newspapers and long live print! (that’s right I said it)  Have a lovely Autumn day fair readers! 🙂

Please excuse the slight delay…

Hello fair readers!

As twitter followers and facebook friends know, after the conference I stated the following:

The best things I came from ALA 2009 with: a reality check and inspiration. Two very different things. More to come on La de da

And I still intend on making this post about my overall experience at ALA.  It was completely different from what I expected in both good and not so good ways.  So yes, I will be posting on this.

But

The week has been crazy with catching up to do…on top of this, as fellow music nerds know, Pitchfork Music Festival is this weekend.

woot!

woot!

A music fest very near and dear to my heart.  So the promised post will have to wait until Monday, after all the craziness.

So yes, this is my excuse.  But also a promise of lots to come. Got me some big ideas a brewin’ for this here blog.

taken from B Tals flickr

taken from B Tal's flickr

And I cannot wait to share them with you.

So have a lovely weekend! And I’ll see you at Pitchfork!!