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New Book Mail – Sourcebooks

Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me mail!

Once More Upon a Time is 130 pages, adult fantasy romance, and will be released in hardback on October 5, 2021

PreOrder Link for $13.79: https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728239828

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight is YA, 242 pages, is currently out in Hardback ( https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781492678892 ) and will be released in paperback on September 7, 2021 for $10.11
Preorder the Paperback: https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728240237

Beaver and Otter Get Along… Sort Of is a Non Fiction picture book for ages 4+ which releases September 7th in hardcover and paperback simultaneously
PreOrder the Paperback ($8.27) : https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728232256
PreOrder the Hardcover ($15.62): https://bookshop.org/a/9858/9781728232249

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Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Maurice and His Dictionary- Picture Book Review

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Title: Maurice and His Dictionary: A True Story
Author: Cary Fagan
Publisher: Owlkid Books
Publishing Date: October 15, 2020
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an E-Arc of this book.

Maurice and His Dictionary is a wonderful true story of a boy who worked around so many roadblocks to get his education. Maurice fled Europe during WWII and ended up in an internment camp where he couldn’t finish high school. He managed to get tutors from all over the camp and studied to get into a local school and take a test to finally get his diploma. He then pursued University in Canada at the age of 16.

I really liked the perseverance of Maurice and his family as well as the fact that this was a true story. I do wish the ending was a little more resolved so that it was just a bit longer and we could find out what happened to Maurice in the later years of his life. The author’s note provides a little of this and the real history behind this story, but it still doesn’t feel totally wrapped up like it should.

Would recommend to lovers of history, fans of graphic novels and students in grades 3-6.

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Getting ARCs – A Free Comprehensive Guide

What is an ARC?
ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy sometimes also known as a galley copy. They are books printed during the editing process before the publication date. They are printed in small batches and are distributed for free to reviewers, librarians, award committees etc. that will give feedback to the author and publisher before the final edition is printed and who will get the word out about the book to get preorder numbers on the book up.

Why do I want an ARC?
Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Usually when you request an ARC you are promising the publisher or author an honest review before the publication date. So if you cannot write a full review before publishing, make sure you don’t ask for an ARC as they are limited and expensive for the publisher and author to have printed. If you aren’t sure if you can get to it, but want to try, request an e-ARC (more information to come below)

Before Requesting

Gather your social media and blog stats. To do this on Instagram and Twitter you will have to switch to a business account (which is free). The more you know and can prove your worth, the better your chance will be to recieve ARCs. Know your followers on all platforms, how many people see your posts on average and how many people take actions based on your posts on average (likes, RT, saves, profile visits etc.) Make sure you have samples of book reviews ready and have posted several on Goodreads and Amazon. Make sure they are lengthy and thorough, but not terribly long, so that the publishers can get a good feel for how you review books without having to read a novel. Set up your Netgalley account and Edelweiss accounts for E-Arcs.

Ways to Get ARCs Before You have a Huge Following

There are several ways to get ARCs while you are still building a large following on platforms. If you don’t have a TWITTER get one! Authors and Readers giveaway ARCs like crazy on Twitter. If you are a teacher or librarian there are even more opportunities for you there. Follow all your favorite authors. Anytime I read a book I follow the author that wrote it. Also follow as many publishers as you can find. Tag these accounts in positive reviews and shout outs as much as possible. Sometimes when they see you shouting from the rooftops how much you love their books, they will remember you when their next one comes out.

Goodreads giveaways are a good place to win ARCs. The more reviews you write on Goodreads compared to how may books you have on your shelf, the more likely you will win a book on Goodreads. I am not sure what the statistics are or the ratio, but I have heard from several sources that you are more likely to win if you have written reviews.

Bookish First is another great community for receiving ARCs. Bookish First is a platform in which you leave the publishers first look feedback, get entered to win an ARC and earn points to turn in for ARCs. I have already received 2 ARCS from them and just joined in April (and haven’t been active this month AT ALL ). Go to BookishFirst.com and when you join, enter in my referral code for some extra bonus points to start off with a9f935be700381f89

Netgalley is by far the easiest place to get ARCs. Make sure you have a well filled out profile. You can start requesting eARCs right away. Make sure you check out a couple that are “instant approvals” or “read now” books. Keep your review percentage above 80% before you request more books (hint: request a picture book every so often so you have an easy and quick read to boost that percentage up!)

The Email to Send to Publishers

Okay so if you are wanting a specific list of PHYSICAL ARCs you will most likely have to request them from the marketing department of the publishers. If you have a small following, or have never requested before, start with small indie publishers first! A lot of the big publishers won’t work with you until you have a massive following (10K and up on Instagram) You need to request ARCs in a 3 to 5 month window of the book being published. For example: It is June 26th so if I were going to request ARCs today I would be looking at books publishing between September and November. I could possibly look at early December publications and request them as well, but likely wouldn’t be able to receive those yet. Note: During the COVID pandemic A LOT of publishers are not able to distribute physical ARCs or review copies of books so be aware that you will likely be offered an eARC of a book if you request physical copies at this time.

Here is the email I send: Make sure you put in ALL of your social media platforms in the email not just the ones I included (I do not have a bookish facebook page/group and I do not have booktube so those would be 2 that you could include.)

Hello, My name is Erin Decker McDowell and I am a PreK through 12th grade librarian, education fantastic, book reviewer and literacy advocate. I am really interested in the following books coming out in the near future and I was wondering if you had any ARCs available of any of these or similar titles. I am willing to publish reviews on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon for anything I request and share anything else that you send with my followers as well as the ARC trading group, #BookPosse on Twitter which is comprised of 32 members who retweet each other’s ARC shares, reviews etc. and ship ARCS within our group. I am interested in these titles because I mostly read YA and MG fiction and particularly enjoy fantasy stories. I of course read other things such as picture books, adult titles, MG/YA historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

Here are the titles I am interested in as well as my current social media stats:
[INCLUDE SPECIFIC LIST OF BOOKS WITH TITLE, AUTHOR and ISBN NUMBER]

Instagram: @BibliophilePrints 6153 Followers with 10 – 20 new followers each week 25,000-30,000 Impressions each week 300 Website clicks each week (including an Amazon link in which I list all books sent to me for marketing purposes) Audience is 95% Women, mostly #bookstagram
Twitter: @ErinBookDragon 1446 Followers 375.8K impressions a month 
20 link clicks each day 550 Retweets each month

Part of #BookPosse (at least 3 tweets per title per reader that receives it) Audience is mostly educators and librarians
Blog: ErinDeckerBlog.wordpress.com (165 followers) 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/erindecker (157 Followers) 
If you decide to ship these or any other books my address is 
[INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS HERE]

Thank you so much for your consideration! -Erin Decker McDowell

This is MY email. So make sure to edit and tailor it to YOUR truth. I will say, I mostly receive ARCs BECAUSE I am a librarian, not because my social media accounts have a high following or interactions. If you are interested in ARC sharing groups, I have more information below about that. Please note that I am not the person to ask to join #BookPosse and at the time of this article, Book Posse is not taking new members.

Some Popular Publishers Marketing Accounts

Here are the contact Emails for some of the publishers that I have requested from. Note these are current as of June 2020 and may change at a later date so be sure to look up name of publisher MARKETING to find the correct email addresses if these bounce back. When you email, you will PROBABLY not get a reply from anyone. Do not hound publishers. Books may show up at your home, they may not. If they don’t try again in a month with a new request and updated stats.

Penguin Random House Group:

AVERY and VIKING STUDIO
averystudiopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

BERKLEY, NAL, ACE, ROC, DAW BOOKS, PERIGEE, HP BOOKS, CELEBRA, JOVE, ONYX, PRENTICE HALL, PRIME CRIME, SIGNET
BerkleyNALpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

BLUE RIDER PRESS
blueriderpublicity@us.penguingroup.com

DK
publicity@dk.com
e-mail only

DK EYEWITNESS TRAVEL
DKtravelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

DUTTON
duttonpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS
putnampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

GOTHAM
gothampublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2262

HUDSON STREET PRESS
hudsonstreetpresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

PENGUIN BOOKS
penguinpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details. Also, this email address is for books published specifically by the Penguin Books imprint (department), not for any and all titles published by the company, The Penguin Group (USA). Misdirected requests may be delayed, so please use the information listed on our site to direct your correspondence to the appropriate division.

THE PENGUIN PRESS
ppresspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

Note: Penguin Books and The Penguin Press are two separate departments. If you are uncertain which department to contact, please look up the book/author on the website for further details.

PLUME
plumepublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2815

PORTFOLIO SENTINEL
portfoliopublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

RIVERHEAD HARDCOVER
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

RIVERHEAD TRADE PAPERBACKS
publicityriverhead@penguinrandomhouse.com
Fax: 212-366-2385

ROUGH GUIDES
roughguidespublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

SENTINEL
sentinelpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

TARCHER
tarcherpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-366-2636

VIKING
vikingpublicity@us.penguingroup.com
e-mail only

YOUNG READERS: DIAL BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS, DUTTON CHILDREN’S BOOKS, FIREBIRD, FREDERICK WARNE, G. P. PUTNAM’S SONS, GROSSET & DUNLAP, MINEDITION, PHILOMEL BOOKS, PRICE STERN SLOAN, PUFFIN, RAZORBILL, SPEAK, VIKING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
youngreaderspublicity@us.penguingroup.com
Fax: 212-414-3393

Hachette Group:

Grand Central Publishing: grandcentralpublishing@hbgusa.com

Little, Brown and Company: publicity@littlebrown.com

Hachette Audio: audiobooks.generic@hbgusa.com

Little Brown Books for Young Readers: publicity@lbchildrens.com

Center Street: centerstreetpub@hbgusa.com

FaithWords: fwpublicity@hbgusa.com

Orbit: orbit.generic@hbgusa.com

Perseus Books:

HBG Canada:publicity@hbgcanada.com

HarperCollins Group:

Amistad – Courtney.Nobile@harpercollins.com
Avon – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Broadside Books – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Custom House – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Dey Street – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
Ecco Books – Sonya.Cheuse@harpercollins.com
Harper Books, Harper Business, Harper Design – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
Harper Luxe – Pamela.Jaffee@harpercollins.com
Harper Paperbacks – Kelly.Rudolph@harpercollins.com
Harper Perennial – Tina.Andreadis@harpercollins.com
William Morrow – MorrowGroupPRrequests@harpercollins.com
HarperCollins Children’s Books (all imprints) – HCCBpublicity@harpercollins.com
Harlequin – Lisa.Wray@harpercollins.com , Heather.Connor@harpercollins.com

Simon & Schuster

Corporate Communications
General Phone: 212-698-7033
General Fax: 212-698-7035
Adam Rothberg
Vice President, Director of
Corporate Communications
Corporate.Communications
@simonandschuster.com

Adams Media
General Phone: 508-427-7100
General Fax: 508-427-6790
Beth Gissinger
Director of Marketing and Publicity
AdamsPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Atria Books, Howard Books
General Phone: 212-698-7086
General Fax: 212-632-8083
Kristin Fassler
Vice President, Director of Integrated Marketing
AtriaPublicity@simonandschuster.com
HowardPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Avid Reader Press
General Phone: 212-698-7433
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Jordan Rodman
Deputy Director of Publicity
AvidReaderPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Children’s Publishing
(All Imprints)
General Phone: 212-698-2808
General Fax: 212-698-4350
Lauren Hoffman
Vice President, Marketing and Publicity
ChildrensPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Saga Press
General Phone: 212-698-7625
General Fax: 212-698-8083
Sally Marvin
Vice President, Director of Publicity
GalleryPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Scribner
General Phone: 212-632-4915
General Fax: 212-632-4957
Brian Belfiglio
Vice President, Director of Publicity
ScribnerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster, Free Press, Threshold Editions
General Phone: 212-698-7541
General Fax: 212-698-7336
Julia Prosser
Vice President, Director of
Publicity
SSPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Simon & Schuster Audio
General Phone: 212-698-2837
General Fax: 212-698-7664
Lauren Pires
Publicity Manager
AudioPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Tiller Press
General Phone: 212-698-7285
Marlena Brown
Publicity Manager
TillerPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Touchstone
General Phone: 212-698-7466
General Fax: 212-632-7695
Meredith Vilarello
TouchstonePublicity@
simonandschuster.com

International

Canada
General Phone: 800-387-0446
General Fax: 647-430-9446
Adria Iwasutiak
Director of Publicity
SSCanadaPublicity@Simonandschuster.ca

United Kingdom
General Phone: 0207 316 1942
General Fax: 0207 3160331
Polly Osborn
Adult Marketing and Publicity Director
Publicity.Enquiries@simonandschuster.co.uk

Australia
General Phone: 612 9983 6654
Anna O’Grady
Director of Publicity
PR@Simonandschuster.au

India
Tel: +91 120 4089389
Shobhita Narayan
Manager, Publicity and Marketing
publicity@simonandschuster.co.in

Macmillan Group

 Celadon Books: contact@celadonbooks.com
• Farrar, Straus and Giroux: fsg.publicity@fsgbooks.com
• Flatiron Books: publicity@flatironbooks.com
• Henry Holt: publicity@hholt.com
• Macmillan Audio: macmillan.audio@macmillan.com
• Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: childrens.publicity@macmillanusa.com
• Picador: publicity@picadorusa.com
• St. Martin’s Press: publicity@stmartins.com
• Tor/Forge: Torpublicity@tor.com
• Tor.com Publishing: TorDotComPub@tor.com

These are just some of the MANY MANY publishers out there. If you find a book whose publisher is NOT on this look google the name of the publisher + “publicity contact” to find the correct contact information.

ARC Sharing Groups

So an ARC sharing group is exactly what it sounds like: a group of like minded readers, who share ARCs with one another. There are a LOT of ARC sharing groups amongst the librarian community, but I have not seen it so much in the reader community especially in regards to YA and Adult books. Authors and publishers are more likely to send ARCs to members of an ARC sharing group with a good reputation because they know that the group will do a good job with marketing the book. They also know that sending their 1 copy to a group will not just be reviewed once, but potentially many times. If you cannot find a group to join, I suggest starting one. Make sure you start a group WITH ARCS READY TO SHARE. Don’t start one and expect people to come to you with their ARCs. Even if you just start with one or two ARCs and recruit trustworthy members with one or two, this is a good start. Come up with a name for your group and keep it small to begin with (less than 10 members and I would suggest never getting bigger than 30) Make sure all members have reviewed books before, are familiar with emailing publishers, and are willing to promote posts amongst members. For the ARC sharing group I am a part of we are required on Twitter to share the book 3 times tagging all publishers and authors (when we receive, while reading and again while we pass it on) then all 30 members of our group must RT the book giving each book we ALL read a total of 2700 tweets! That is a lot of exposure between the 30 of us and all of our followers which is why we are more likely to get ARCs sent to us. Actually since the group is fairly established, authors and publishers often come to us and not the other way around. If you start a group keep track of member information and ARC information in an organized Google spreadsheet. Make sure everyone can afford to ship books to one another often. Keep everyone in the group circulating books so they can reach as many members as possible before publication.

What to do with an ARC when you are finished with it?
Keep it or pass it on. I personally know how much work goes into the production of ARCs and hate keeping them sitting on my shelf. I only keep them if they are signed or especially special to me. Otherwise I share them with my ARC sharing group or a friend I know will review or enjoy it. My last resort is to put it in a Free Little Library. The one thing you should not do with an ARC is sell it! DO NOT SELL ARCS. It is not illegal, BUT it will get you blacklisted by publishers and will ruin your relationship with them.

Answering Your Q&A:

Do publishers ship internationally? Honestly… I have no idea! Probably some do to huge accounts that are worth the shipping and customs fees. My suggestion is to look into publishers in your country to start with.

Are you obligated to review? IF YOU ASK FOR AN ARC YES! If you win an ARC or are sent one unsolicited, no. Publishers watch though, if you email a publisher and ask for an ARC they will watch for your review. If you want to continue working for them, review it!

Should I pay $95 to get advice on requesting ARCS? NO. This is such a waste of money. There is SO much information online to getting ARCS. Besides what I just spent a couple hours writing above here are some other great guides:

How to Get ARCS – A guide

How to Get Advanced Reader Copies for Free

On Requesting ARCs and Working with Publishers

Got more questions? DM me on Instagram @BibliophilePrints OR email me erin@bibliophileprints.com and I will try to answer your questions or find someone who can!

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Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Don’t Check Out This Book by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Don’t Check Out This Book is the perfect title for reluctant readers in 2nd through 5th grade. This novel is full of hilarious puns in a wild format of letters, emails, newspapers, post it notes and pictures. I found myself laughing out loud and not able to put this one down until I had finished it.

My favorite character in the novel is the librarian, who doesn’t follow the rules and always manages to get everyone to read more books. She is the perfect example of “librarians are the rebels of schools”.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 for its clever antics. Go ahead, pick it up, just don’t check it out. Recommended for grades 2-5, for the young rebels, the reluctant readers, the kids who are a little different, and for those who enjoy hilarious stories.

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First Herd to Abilene – Bonus Post

FIRST HERD TO ABILENE
An H. H. Lomax Western, #5 by
PRESTON LEWIS
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western / Humor Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing Date of Publication: February 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 449
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HISTORICALLY SOUND AND HILARIOUSLY FUNNY! H.H. Lomax meets Wild Bill Hickok in Springfield, Missouri, and is responsible for Hickok’s legendary gunfight with Davis Tutt. Fearing Hickok will hold a grudge, Lomax escapes Springfield and agrees to promote Joseph G. McCoy’s dream of building Abilene, Kansas, into a cattle town, ultimately leading the first herd to Abilene from Texas. Along the way, he encounters Indians, rabid skunks, flash floods, a stampede, and the animosities of some fellow cowboys trying to steal profits from the drive. Lomax is saved by the timely arrival of now U.S. Marshal Hickok, but Lomax uses counterfeit wanted posters to convince Hickok his assailants are wanted felons with rewards on their heads. Lomax and Wild Bill go their separate ways until they run into each other a decade later in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where Hickok vows to kill Lomax for getting him fired. First Herd to Abilene is an entertaining mix of historical and hysterical fiction.
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Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of thirty novels. In addition to his two Western Writers of America Spurs, he received the 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Humor for Bluster’s Last Stand, the fourth volume in his comic western series, The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax. Two other books in that series were Spur finalists. His comic western The Fleecing of Fort Griffin received the Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association for best creative work on the region.
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The Rainwater Secret – Review

THE RAINWATER SECRET
by
Monica Shaw
Genre: Historical Fiction / Medical Missionaries
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Publication: March 31, 2017
Number of Pages: 354

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The Rainwater Secret is a deeply moving, historical fiction novel about a woman who travels

to Africa to teach the leper children who were banished from their villages. Single and feeling there is nothing left for her in small-town England, Anna embarks on an adventure as a volunteer teacher with the Medical Missionaries of Mary. Life as Anna has known it is forever changed as she learns the culture that would banish its sick, disfigured, and crippled to the bush. Babies are left to die on roadsides, children are chased away to live by whatever means they can find. The aged are abandoned.

Anna’s daily life is an adventure as she travels from one village to another across a hostile land with few passable roads, rickety bridges threatening to fall apart and casting occupants on the jagged rocks far below, and weather that turns a calm river into a roiling death trap. In spite of the trials, Anna also manages to find love and family in this godforsaken land.

 
Follow this adventure through disease, weather, strife, death, and determination to turn a few acres of land into a loving home for the outcast lepers of Nigeria.

 
Monica Shaw is a native of Dallas, Texas where she has been a successful entrepreneur. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and earned her Geology / Petroleum Engineering degree from UT Austin. Her debut novel, The Rainwater Secret, started off as a personal research project looking into the life of her great aunt who became a missionary teacher. Monica is married with 3 children.

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The Rainwater Secret is a powerful historical fiction novel that reminds us that the world is bigger than ourselves and that we as a humanity need to take care of one another. This story centers around Anna, a young woman in pursuit of a life purpose following World War II. When her beau marries another woman and her mother passes, Anna is left with only her best friend. She is inspired by a young visiting priest’s sermon about taking care of the lepers in Africa. Following her instinct she applies for a position in the leper colony as a teacher. She knows she can bring experience to the people in Africa and teach them to take care of themselves and each other.

Though fictional, Anna is based on the author’s aunt, and is an inspiring and relatable character. The author uses vivid imagery to bring you, the reader, with Anna on her journey through the ups and downs of her life in the African Savannah amongst the wild creatures, the people, and the living conditions. Anna experiences so much loss and heartache that you really become compassionate with how resilient her character is and you end up rooting for her and all her comrades in the leper community.

This book left me wishing for more and I cannot wait to see if this author puts out any other novels. I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction and those that feel a need to help out their world community. I gave this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Bibliophile 25 in 5 Readathon Announcement

I am so excited to announce I am hosting a 25 in 5 this month! I am going to the Texas Librarian’s conference the week before Easter and last year I came back with over $1000 worth of free books so I figure the long weekend I have afterwards will be the perfect opportunity for a huge readathon!

Save the Date: April 18 – 22

You can also buy and print the 25 in 5 trackers that I have in my Etsy store to help you during this readathon!

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A Day in the Life of a School Librarian

7:28 AM – Arrive at work. I start my mornings at our Upper Campus which is 6th through 12th grade. Most of the time I am the first to unlock the library which also houses the offices of our vice principal and school counselor.

View from my desk, upper campus library

7:35 AM – Computer is booted up. I spend this time checking my email and replying to what I need. This is also when I go over my planner for the day and add anything to it that I need to.

Planner this week

7:45 – Students start arriving in the library. Many of our dual credit juniors and seniors utilize the library on the mornings they are not on the junior college campus.

Upper campus library

8:05 – Announcements End. This is when the break room clears out. If I need to print and copy anything I do this now. I also sometimes go for my second cup of coffee at this time, check in in the front office, and fill up my water.

View of my office, upper campus

8:15 – Start cataloguing. When I inherited this library my office was completely stacked floor to ceiling with books and old files. All the shelves in the library were crammed full. Since switching to an online automation from a card catalog last year (hello 21st century!) I have managed to clean a lot out. I am still cataloguing and weeding the shelves here and in my office. I catalog and prepare all new materials for both campuses here.

2nd view of my office

9:30 – Head to Elementary School (Pre-K through 5th grade)

View of my desk, elementary campus

9:35 – Check in at Elementary School

9:40 Teach Pre-K – Usually includes story time and some sort of activity in their journals. I also give them one sticker to put in their jounrals for each book we read.

Elementary library, I usually teach prek and kinder on the carpet

10:20 – Teack Kindergarten – Same as preK but I vary the books and activities

Teaching space for older kids, we are watching author videos this week for book fair

11:00 Teach 2nd Grade – We are learning the dewey decimal system at this point and learning to navigate the library without my help. They are getting good at this.

Fiction section

11:30 – Front Office Duty

12:10 – Cataloguing at the Elementary School. I started cataloguing and weeding our 15,000 book collection last year when I got word I had to have the entire library in boxes for construction by the end of May. I ended up mostly weeding at this point. I am up to almost 4000 books in our online catalogue and I weeded about 5000 books last year.

Carts contain recently cataloged books

12:45 Lunch time!

1:15 – Small break to read for the Lectio Committee I am part of. We pick 20 books each year for 4th through 8th graders to read. They get to vote on their favorite and the author gets a prize from us.

Currently reading

1:45 – Daily Duties – shelving, working with a volunteer, straightening shelves, checking in books, rearranging etc.

Non fiction section

3:00 Last bell for the day

Tree house

3:15 – Check all books in the book drop in

3:30 – Time to go home!

I hope you enjoyed this walk through of my typical Monday. What would you like to know about being a librarian?

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To Be Read

TBR Thursday- Clockwork Angel

This post was inspired by the blog of Kimberly Faye and I am aiming to share more books on my TBR in an attempt to get them moved up further on my read list. I really need to stop checking out library books and just read what I have. I did that website thing where you type in how many books are on your TBR and how long it will take to read them if you only read those and don’t add any more and I’m sitting at about 7 years. YIKES. So let’s see… today I will share this …

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Add It: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

Days on TBR: 2116 Days

Book Synopsis (From aMAZON)

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the “compulsively readable” (Booklist) first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a foreword, and excusive bonus content! Clockwork Angel is a Shadowhunters novel.

When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

What has been on your TBR since 2013?? If the answer is nothing.. what has been on your TBR a LONG time?

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Saving Money

How To Save Money Buying Books

Sure, you know that Amazon generally beats Barnes & Noble when it comes to giant retailers but how do people on a ramen budget get a kobe beef library? Let me share some of the tricks of the trade with you so you can build your dream library for just a fraction of the cost.

 

  1. Read All the Books on Your Unread Shelf Before You Buy Anymore Books 
    No really. This is a lesson I am learning HARD right now at 27 years old. I have over 500 books on my TBR shelf. This past December, I purged hard and got rid of about 100 books I had had for over 3 years sitting in my TBR. There is just no need to buy all the books you *think* you might want to read maybe someday. Right now I am only purchasing books I have already read, and don’t own, or that I know I will read this year. I also get Owlcrate and Book of the Month, but I know that these are special editions and I will read them and more than likely love them and keep them. (I get rid of books that I rate 3 stars or less)
  2. Use Your Library
    Okay. So hypothetically you aren’t buying every book you see that you want to read. Use your library to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and physical books. HELLO YOUR LIBRARY IS FREE!!! Keep a log of some sort like on Goodreads or Bookly to track what you borrow and what you love so that when you are looking for books to buy, you only buy what you have read and loved. This will also keep your bookshelf full of books that you love and want to reread, take bookstagram photos with, or lend to your friends and family (basically, whatever you do with your books you own)
  3. Get Free copies of Books
    DUH BUT HOW?! Enter giveaways, connect with authors and publishers, and utilize services like Netgalley. I have gotten a lot of great books from Goodreads giveaways, instagram giveaways, and through Netgalley. I also get Amazon first reads which is a free ebook once a month and I signed up for Bookbub to get a newsletter which often includes free ebook download links in it daily.
  4. Library Book Sales 
    Check your library for their calendar and find out when they do library book sales. My local library has two big ones a year. Often times I go to their sales on opening day to ensure I get all the books I want and then right before they close because they do a “Fill up a bag for $5” sale on the last day to clean out inventory. Often times these are not just weeded library copies, but includes donated books as well. Sometimes these books are in basically new condition but you can get them for well below the list price.
  5. Thrift Shops and Garage Sales 
    If you have any good thrift shops around make sure you frequent them often for cheap books. In the spring and summer, garage sales and yard sales are hot as people are cleaning out their homes. Sometimes I can get a whole box of books for a couple bucks.
  6. BookOutlet
    Okay I adore BookOutlet. I usually keep a running cart on the website  of books I have read from the library and don’t own, special editions of books I love, and books in series that I am missing. Then when they have a huge sale, I check out. Plus they give you points for your purchases and you can trade points in for giftcards.

 

Tips from Followers:

“I always go to thrift stores. I have a Savers in my area that every Monday has 50% off.” – Kelsiembookasdi

“Use eBay (found some rare books for CHEAP) and BST [Buy/Sell/Trade on Facebook] Groups” – AgesofAquarius

“For Canadians, Indigo does 30% off all hardcovers on Boxing day every year!” – VallReads

“Only buy the books you really love … or know you’ll love” – To.Read.Is.To.Breathe