The Buzzin’ Blurb, or not 6/27/2013

Normally, this would be a review of a book I have recently read, but I am in Chicago today getting ready for ALA 2013! It’s my first time at the big event, and I am so happy I am here. I’ll be tweeting and blogging from the conference starting tomorrow, so keep your eyes open. My twitter handle is @the_library_bee and of course you know how to find me here! I’m so excited! And very tired, I had to get up early this morning to get to my plane on time. See you tomorrow!

Lost Books and No Checkouts: A Conundrum

So here’s a story about an issue that plagues Elementary Librarians, and I want to know how you would handle it. Unlike middle and high schools, elementary students are often not charged overdue fees when returning a book late. But what happens if they lose it?

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Buzzin’ Blurb 6/20/13

Here is the start of my book review feature, the Buzzin’ Blurb. Every week I will review a book that I have recently read. For now, this feature will hold all of my book reviews, although as this blog grows, that may change. I’ll do my best to make them spoiler free, and will give warnings if I think there is a spoiler. For today, we have the recently released short story e-book/audiobook from Rick Riordan, Son of Sobek. Click the link above to read the whole review!

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It’s Time for Summer Reading!

Yesterday was the last day of school for Fairfax County, which means most, if not all, of the Northern Virginia school systems are now out of school for the summer. That means it’s time for the Summer Reading Programs to begin. There are a lot of different programs in this area, so I will list them with a small blurb below.

Fairfax County, has a program called Dig Into Reading that runs from June 18 through August 31. There are a number of events during the program from family to school age to teen events. The number of books your child will need to read depends on their grade level, and in order to get the prize, book lists must be turned in  to your local branch by no later than August 31.

Alexandria City has two different programs, the Summer Quest, Jr. program for ages 0-5, Summer Quest program for ages 6-12 and Beneath the Surface for Middle and High School Students. All of the programs have different events and reading requirements. The program runs from June 17-August 31 and you can sign up at the Alexandria Program Page.

Arlington County also has three programs. They divide their programs into Babies and Preschoolers, Elementary Schoolers, and Middle and High Schoolers. Babies, Preschoolers and Elementary Schoolers read 10 books, Middle and High Schoolers read 4. Sign up online or at any Arlington Public Library location. Dates for completion vary by group, so make sure you check to see when you have to have your completed bookmark turned in to get your prize!

Loudon County Public Library has summer reading for all ages! Programs are divided into four age groups: 0-5, 6-11, 12-18 and 19 and up. Anyone can join, but you do have to go in to your local branch to sign up. There are summer programs, and even a writing competition for adults. Be sure to attend programs, and watch your dates! Loudon county schools get out earlier, so their summer reading program runs from June 10-August 5.

What are you reading this summer? Whether you join a reading program or not, it’s a great time to catch up on all those books you missed during the year! Leave me a comment telling me what books you really want to read. (I’ve got a list of 20 for a class I’m taking.)

Movie Monday 6/17/2013

Welcome to Movie Mondays. Each Monday you will get a post about upcoming movies (and possibly television programs) based on YA or children’s books. It may contain links to posters or trailers, or news about the movies. For today, we’re only going to look at three movies, Catching Fire, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and Ender’s Game.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second film in the Hunger Games movie series. It is based on the book Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. The film is currently scheduled to released in theaters on November 22, 2013. Here is the teaser trailer:

I am eagerly awaiting the release of the longer trailer which should happen some time this summer. Once it is released, I will share it with you here. The movie’s website has also recently released the Capital Couture posters. 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug has recently released its trailer. This will be the second film in the Hobbit trilogy and will be released into theaters on December 13, 2012. In addition to the trailer embedded below, you can watch a 6 minute featurette about the film’s locations at First Showing.


Finally, Ender’s Game, based on the book by Orson Scott Card will be released later this year. You can visit the official website of the movie to get information from the IF or watch the trailer below.

Meet the Library Bee

Hello and welcome to the Library Bee! This brand new blog represents a new transitional phase in my life. I have recently returned to school to get my Specialist in Library and Information Science degree and my School Library Media Specialist certification. I have started taking my required education courses and I am currently enrolled in my Young Adult Materials course. I’ve started this blog to post book reviews, book talks and information pertaining to youth and children’s library services. I expect I will post about upcoming movies, and possibly video games as time goes on as well. I currently work as a substitute teacher, and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to work in a school library. I will be attending the ALA annual meeting at the end of the month and I will be blogging from the meeting regularly. I’m very excited about some soon to be released books, and I’ll be posting review information here as well, starting with this Tuesday, and a release I’ve been waiting for since early this year!