Friday, June 28, 2013

{A Mighty Girl} Misstep


At first, I was delighted to discover my photograph featured on A Mighty Girl, even if they didn't bother to ask me or mention the source. Then I thought about it. Do I want my photos being used to sell books, when my platform is all about borrowed beauty from the library? The answer is no. 

Libraries use my materials, and I want them to continue without hesitation or permission. In fact, anyone can use my materials for library purposes, that is why I blog. When your motto is Spend Less - Share More: Library, it's bizarre to see your portrait used to persuade people to spend money on (of all things) books you can borrow from your library.

Have you had your materials used by others without permission, or without being given credit?

I forgive your misstep, A Mighty Girl. But if you truly want to share the empowerment of reading with girls of all ages, any proceeds you make on the sale of Matilda should be forwarded to the library of your choice. 

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nothing Boring About Bernadette

   
“That's right,' she told the girls. 'You are bored. 
And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. 
You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. 
The sooner you learn it's on you to make life interesting,
 the better off you'll be.” ~ Where'd You Go, Bernadette


I checked out this great read in the spring, but didn't get a chance to revel in its laugh out loud comedy until now. I'm so thankful I was able to savor every page under a shady tree at the swimming hole during the afternoon sunshine of summer. Pair it with Abbey Road and your adventure is set. I'm hoping Leslie Mann will play Bernadette in the upcoming movie, how about you? 

And a great reminder for when our children (or we, you know I mean me) complain there's nothing to do: 




 xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Is Sweeter With Tennessee

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, 
but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved
                         like a road through mountains.”  ~ A Streetcar Named Desire

Summer and Tennessee Williams go together like sea and sand. Whether you choose A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando, or one of his plays like Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - he is a treat worth discovering and sharing with your family.

If you're like me, you'll choose both and add a book on cocktails for the summer sunsets on the front porch. And you'll add some music (for me, it's the Dave Matthews Band).

Hope you're enjoying your summer. The library makes it sweeter.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

When You're Ready...



Come and get it. My daughter insists the library isn't what Selena Gomez is crooning about. But I disagree. It's all about love and no regrets, and happens to be my theme song as I capture borrowed beauty waiting just for me from the hold shelf.


Love shopping online? The library has made it quick and easy to find what you're looking for - Doctor Who, No One Could Have Guessed The Weather, or maybe you've yet to start or finish this series (like us). Put them on hold, and when you're ready - come and get it.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Monday, June 17, 2013

What Summer Is For


Staying up late and reading. Right next to the sweetest ten year old I know. We need some great titles and would love for you to share. Leave your picks in the comments and we'll feature them soon. 

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? There are prizes, but you know I believe time together is the best prize of all.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day Collection In Five Minutes

 Male father bluebird (left) teaching his son (right) to sing and hunt.

We've been watching father bluebirds with their sons throughout our neighborhood. A birder friend told me the fathers have a week or so to teach their sons to sing and hunt, and then they go back to nesting and the young male leaves in search of a mate. How wonderful to know the natural world is celebrating the importance of fathers as we also pay tribute to dads this weekend.

How do you let your favorite dad know he is appreciated without spending? Shop the library. Hubby isn't a reader, but he loves audiobooks. And Winston Churchill. I love that we can celebrate him and his interests with our library card.


Actually, hubby loves to read graphic novels and comic books, especially Berkeley Breathed, Gary Larson, and Bill Watterson. The library carries and shares all of them.


Why celebrate for one day when the library lets you borrow this beauty for weeks. In five minutes or less I can create vignettes throughout the house that let our children's fabulous father know we love him.

Shopping the library with the children is the best part. We put together a list of Carl's hobbies, history and sports interests, movies and music preferences, and then discover them throughout the library. When we're pressed for time, we go online and shop from home. 

The library leads to relaxation for dad.



More Father's Day inspiration here

Librarians are standing by, what borrowed beauty will you discover today?

xoxo Michele


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Recommendations, And Regrets


Have you ever recommended a book to a friend, and then inwardly, immediately regretted it? What if they don't like it as much as I did? Scratch that, what if they hated it, and by association, hate me? 

Last week I finished this book, and then wildly went about recommending it to everyone I love, or know on a first name basis. And then felt a quick twinge of regret. Because books I love may not be books you love. 

Here's the genius of the library - they carry it all. Not just the latest trends or what the publishers are trying to push. They have the classics, the underdogs, and everything in between. The same goes for movies and music. I can count on one hand the movie DVD's and music CD's we own, but we have a new rotation of both in our home each week, thanks to the library. 

Libraries are the carriers of the carriers of civilization. 


Borrowing brings honesty. Because I didn't convince you to spend $25.00 on a hardback book you'd rather burn than place on your bookshelf, you're more likely to provide honest feedback about what you liked (or didn't). 
 
What have you read lately and wanted to/or did recommend? Any regrets? Did you have a book recommended and it wasn't for you? I'd love to hear from you.


Less regrets, More recommendations: Library.

xoxo Michele

 P.S. Dearest Lilly, if you hate the book I recommended, possibly you'll love her? :)

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Dog Stars

They bred dogs for everything else, even for diving
for fish, why didn't they breed them to live longer,
to live as long as man?   ~The Dog Stars

Even though my dear bloggy friend Lilly doesn't like fiction (it won't stop me from publicly begging her to give The Dog Stars a try - it's pretty close to perfection), she's still a huge library advocate. Don't miss her summer reads selection.  

Are you a Fiction Fan? Mystery Maverick? Graphic Novel Goddess? Summer is the perfect season to find out, expand your horizon, and ask a librarian for a few new recommendations. I wouldn't have found the book above without their help. 

With a library card you have thousands of new reads, music, movies, magazines, and cookbooks - and now free online movies and TV shows from Hoopla, just waiting for you to discover their beauty. Spending less and sharing more, only at the library. 

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beautifully Balanced Collections (Join Me)


Last night, I introduced Nick to My Father's Glory. It's subtitled, but he loved it. Just for fun, Nick asked to watch my favorite foreign film again - but this time in English, and who am I to argue? Clearly, this explains why I haven't been blogging.

We're in the midst of the last week of school, critiquing movies, starting a herb and vegetable garden (even if it's on my porch), and discussing the French Revolution. Bedtime hilarity has been taken to a new level with this for the kids and this for me. We're learning through our play, thanks to the library.

Put a Beautifully Balanced Collection together at your library this week and let me know what you've created. I'll share some of your collections in an upcoming post. All you need is your imagination and a library card.

Want me to create a collection for you? Leave me a message.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.