Whitesburg, Kentucky. Whitesburg is my hometown and I miss it every now and then. It used to be one of those places that you hated growing up cause there wasn’t anything to do. Truth is, there’s lots of things to do you just have to be creative and have to have a lot of imagination to truly appreciate it. I think that’s something I glazed over when I was a kid.
Anyway, this is a picture of downtown. To the right past the sandwich sign is the library where my mom works. It used to be a department store where I bought my first backpack (it was firetruck red) for the 1st grade. My mom would bring me to the library almost every other day so I could sit and read and be still. I can’t think of a better thing to do for a kid. :D
The “books” are actually tiles printed with sepia-toned photos of bookshelves at a local travel bookstore that ring the room, including the floor, walls and ceiling. In addition to painting unusual surfaces with intriguing patterns — whoa, you’re standing on books! — it gives an Alice in Wonderland-esque sense that the room has been suddenly upended.
It’s become a tradition that, the day after the Youth Media awards are announced at ALA’s midwinter meeting, the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners, along with an ALA representative, are interviewed live on the Today Show, at NBC’s studios in New York City. But this past Tuesday, those hoping to catch the first nationally televised interviews with Clare Vanderpool and Erin Stead were disappointed. For the first time in 11 years, there was no special coverage featuring the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists. With the national television news outlets providing wall-to-wall media coverage since Saturday of the tragedy in Tucson, it’s not surprising that two children’s book award winners would be overlooked during a week of breaking news. But, to some who tuned into the Today Show on Tuesday morning expecting to see the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists, insult seemed added to injury. The program did indeed take a break from its coverage of the shootings during the second hour to interview an author. But it was an author who’s not likely to win a prestigious literary award any time soon: Nicole Polizzi, better known to the world as Snooki.
Second tattoo (first was bibliophile, in my own handwriting). I’m a grad student and almost finished with my MLS. I wanted a tattoo that shows my love for octopi, books and peacocks. I call it my little Octorarian!