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text 2017-03-28 16:07
Valentines Day "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch"
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch - Eileen Spinelli,Paul Yalowitz

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz is the prefect book to read in February in relation to Valentines Day. This touching story is about a man, Mr. Hatch, in the community who keeps to himself most days. Until, he receives a valentine from a secret admirer. Mr. Hatch begins talking to everyone keeping in the back of his mind that he wants to find this admirer. He becomes more outgoing and helps everyone in the community. This continues until the postman brings to Mr. Hatch's attention, that he made a mistake and delivered the valentine to the wrong address. To find out what the community does next, you'll just have to read for yourself because this book is truly heart wrenching. I see myself using this book in my classroom before our Valentines Day party. This would encourage all students to put thought into their valentine, because even a few kind words can change a person's life. We could do a sequencing activity with this text or write a letter to Mr. Hatch to accompany this book. This story is a 3.9 on the accelerated reader leveling system. 

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review 2017-02-14 22:54
A Valentine for Anne Frank

 

 

Working at a library I am fortunate to process all the new books that have been added to our collection. I've often (humorously) complained to people that employment at a library is a detriment; work starts to get avoided when you want to read every new thing that arrives on your desk.

 

Our library is setting up a 'Global Education' exhibit, and one of the books featured will be 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' Like most kids I read Anne Frank in middle school, but being so young I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of the book. The new copy we received is a new edition, and of course I started to flip through it after cataloguing.

 

I was struck how detailed her passages were. The emotions were palpable. I had forgotten about Anne's earlier passages describing her life before confinement. There were issues with her mother, school life, and other ordinary teenage angst.

 

At the beginning of her hiding, Anne's tone is hopeful. It is not long before her optimism starts to deplete. Reading this on the other side felt like a slow burn. In one wrenching passage she writes about wanting to laugh, but the sheer act of it drains her energy.

 

Today the internet is breaking with messages or memes to people we love. Why should Anne be discounted from this? So I am going to reach out to the other side. I want to give Ms. Frank a special thanks for influencing me as a writer and a survivor.

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text 2017-02-10 12:20
15 Valentine's Day gifts for your beloved book lover

 

 

Books are the best gifts for book lovers regardless of the occasion. It is nice, though, to give or receive an interesting companion, an intriguing detail, a special piece along with the book, of course. Today we've prepared this set of gifts for your No 1 book lover.

 

And starting from Monday watch out for a special Valentine's week book love story project with great bookish pieces written by BookLikes bloggers :)

 

1. Peacock Paper Heart Stud Earrings ->

"These heart stud earrings feature tiny, delicate folds that create a soft shaped heart full of love to go around, perfect for a gift."

 

 

 

2. Message in a Bottle Necklace ->

"Message in a Bottle Necklace with a beautiful love poem ~ this handmade pendant is a token of heartfelt love."

 

 

 

3. Paper read and gold hearts necklace->

"This origami hearts necklace is perfect for the heart lover. With three hearts folded from red and gold washi paper it will add love to your outfit."

 

 

 

4. Literary brooch ->

"This lovely little handmade brooch is just perfect for the person in your life who has a passion for books and literacy."

 

 

 

5. Temporary tattoos for book lovers, set of two->

Not sure if a tattoo is your cup of tea? Give it a try with this temporary set of literary tattoos, the set of two matching tattoos is a perfect Valentine's evening project.

 

 

6. Origami paper roses ->

"An abandoned book (usually collected from charity shops) will get a second chance to create dreams for the one you love."

 

 

 

7. You and Me artwork ->

"This artwork is made from paper hearts cut from a range of lovely vintage sheet music and romantic poems. The hearts have been layered and stitched into chains with a single red heart nestled in amongst them. The heart is printed with the words, 'You and Me' but can also be personalised."

 

 

 

8. Personalized location map print ->

"Make a beautiful print of anywhere you choose-- for example: a place you've lived, where you got married, your favourite destination... The world is your oyster!"

 

 

 

9. Cat notebook ->

"This fab A6 cat notebook is a perfect little gift for that crazy cat lady you know or makes a lovely treat for yourself!"

 

 

 

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer inspired T-shirt ->

"Every super soft Litographs t-shirt is individually ​hand pressed to order​. We use all-over dye sublimation so that the text covers every inch."
 

 

11. The Lord of the Rings Middle-Earth Map Scarf ->
This chiffon scarf is a perfect companion for romantic evening walks. And it's big enough to cover two sets of shoulders.
 
 
 

12. Personalized Kindle Case ->

"Each case is fully lined and wadded, with an elastic loop and button fastening at the top. Ensuring that your kindle or tablet will be safe and secure.Available in 3 colour ways. Choose from stone linen, pink cotton or blue cotton."

 

 

 

 13. Wuthering Heights bookmark ->

"This bookmark is completely hand made and handwritten. It features a quotation from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: "Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same", hand-calligraphed in permanent and waterproof purple ink on lilac cardboard. The bookmark is decorated with small leaves and red flowers."

 

 

 

 14. Glasses case from Which glasses are which ->

"Makes a brilliant gift for anyone who mislays their specs, especially bookworms and crossword puzzlers"

 

 

 

15. Romantic bookmarks with quotes ->

Beautiful bookmarks are always the best gifts and when they present the romantic quotes they become the best Valentine's present.

 

 

What are your perfect Valentine's gift ideas?

 

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review 2016-03-01 02:39
Lucky in Loveland #1 K-Lee Kline
Lucky in Loveland (Welcome to Loveland Book 1) - K-lee Klein

“In courtship, you and your partner take the time to get to know and care for each other and develop trust. You're both more vested in your relationship because of the time and effort you've put into each other. You're physically intimate when it's right for both of you and when you do, it is magical.” ~ Janet Ong Zimmerman

It seems like a paradox to say that someone could be unlucky in love if his name is Lucky and he lives in a town called Loveland. Lucky, in K-Lee Klein's new series entitled Welcome to Loveland', is a wonderful guy who got off the track for a while, before he was forced to retire from professional hockey. Lucky comes back to Loveland to take a good look at his life and decide what's important and what's not. Lucky has sworn off casual sex and the inevitable pain it brings. He is not looking for someone special at this point; but when he volunteers for the kindergarten class at the local elementary school, Fate steps in and his someone finds him in the form of Jack Canon, the new good-looking and, fortunately for Lucky, gay kindergarten teacher.

As soon as Jack opens his classroom door, Lucky gets tongue-tied. He is stunned by the attractiveness of the man before him. Lucky is embarrassed at his reaction, but finally recovers enough to introduce himself: Jack takes it in stride. Lucky is there to entertain the children with stories about hockey. He brings hand-outs, things related to the subject, i.e., miniature foam hockey sticks and pucks, and takes a position as goalie while the kids have a ball pretending to play while Lucky tries to keep them from scoring. Before Lucky leaves, he stutters through an invitation for Jack to have coffee with that he accepts.

Although Jack isn't into sports, he and Lucky find they have a lot of other things in common. Lucky shows Jack the “real” Loveland. He wants him to see behind the scenes of the things the town has to offer, while proving to Jack that Loveland is a place he can be himself without worrying about other people’s reactions. Lucky introduces him to people like Bettie, the first trans woman Jack has ever met. Jack adores her openness and acceptance right away. Her diner becomes one of their places where a lot of happy memories are made. Jack is happy to have Lucky as a friend, but as they become closer, Jack wants more. He is puzzled by Lucky's restraint as far as the physical side of their relationship goes and wonders if he's misreading the signals. Finally, Lucky explains why he wants to take it slow, especially with Jack, because his feelings for him are so special and Jack is relieved. They decide to wait until it feels right. Lucky continues to court Jack, while involving him in the things he loves like ice skating. Jack isn't at all sure about skating, but he quickly gets the hang of it. Lucky also introduces Jack to his old friends at the Loveland Valentine Re-mailing Program, where he endures endless teasing. Jack is his usual charming and diplomatic self and everyone immediately adores him. They know bringing Jack is an important step and are ecstatic that Lucky has finally found someone he's so fond of.

There's not a lot of angst in this story, but there's a lot of old-fashioned, heart-felt emotion. I felt like I was watching a Hallmark commercial and cried, just like I do for one of those. After reading so many stories with struggles and complicated circumstances in them, it was refreshing to read something warm and delightful, yet not cliché or trite by any means. Loveland is a magical, tight-knit town with awesome, down-to- earth people. Learning about Loveland and becoming involved with its people is an absolute delight and I can't wait to visit the community again. Thank you, K-Lee, for introducing me to Lucky and Jack and the marvelous place called Loveland.

 

 

Source: www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/lucky-in-loveland-welcome-to-loveland-1-by-k-lee-klein
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text 2016-02-16 07:55
Personal Update

So I know I haven't been posting much this week, but Valentine's Day Weekend is our busiest time of the year. Which means I've sort if come home and just crashed, and haven't really wanted to be on my computer. I'm hoping to get myself sorted out tomorrow because work should be back to normal. Also I'm hoping tomorrow I will  be over to kick this migraine to the curb. I do have a couple of things I want to get posted. Hopefully that will happen Wednesday while I'm off work, maybe more than a couple. Who knows how much reading I'll get done tomorrow. Anyway, I hope everything had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Especially today when all the candy went on sale!!

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