Libraries Are Important

I’ve heard from time to time people saying that libraries are becoming a thing of the past; that eventually they won’t be around anymore.  Why should we keep funding them?

Well, first of all… because I work at one (wink).

Also, libraries are important.


Libraries aren’t just for checking out books and reading them… I mean, yes, that is something most patrons do when they go to the library (myself included), but they provide other services to the community that you can’t find anywhere else.

  • Patrons who do not have a computer for whatever reason can use the public computers to check emails, paystubs, print out files, apply for jobs… and well, do just about anything you can do on a computer that is appropriate.
  • Patrons who have laptops or tablets, but no wifi at home can come and use the library’s wifi.
  • Teens who go participate in programs offered by the library aren’t out getting into trouble.
  • Study areas are available for students when they don’t have any other place to concentrate on their work, especially in the summer.
  • Most libraries offer passes for bus trips to museums and other educational and historical places at discounted rates.
  • Programs offered for children, teens and adults allow you to meet new people with similar interests.  Plus, they’re free.
  • Microfilm machines are typically available to look up old newspaper articles for personal or educational research.
  • Rooms can be ‘rented’ out for meetings (as long as the building has a designated meeting room).

And of course the fact that book and movies can be checked out saves a struggling family some money because they don’t have to go out and buy that book or movie.


I think this picture pretty much sums it up.

I’ll say it again… libraries are important.  It’s also important that our communities support our local libraries.  Donate.  Volunteer.  Use their services.  Participate in their events.  Anything you do to help the library matters.

Because libraries matter.

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Our Fur Babies

It’s been three years too long since my mom and I have had cats.

We planned on getting them last year when we moved into our current home because cats are allowed there, but we never ended up getting them.  Finally, a few weeks before we took our Vermont vacation my cousin told us about her friend whose cat just had kittens.  My mom got in touch with her and now we have two precious little furballs that are two months old.

kittens theo and charlie

For the first time I can remember we did not name them right away.  We had some ideas based off pictures we got of them when they were 3 weeks old, but they looked a little different when we got them home.  So for the first day we didn’t have names for them and kept playing around with different names.  I was torn between two for the little orange kitten and my mom had a nice long list for the black kitten.


I finally chose Theodore (aka: Theo) due to the fact that he’s shy and his longer hair makes him look a little chunky, and it reminded me of Theodore off Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Plus he tends to copy what his brother is doing.  His full name is Theodore Thomas (you know, for when he misbehaves).

My mom named our little black kitten Charlie.  She chose it originally because she loves the Peanuts gang, but we’ve decided his full name is Charles Reagan.  We still call him Charlie Brown at times and it works because if you think about it, the kittens probably hear us talking like the adults in the Peanuts show (wha-wha-wha).


During the course of trying to name them, my mom happened to look up the word ‘cat’ in Hungarian and considered naming Charlie “Macska” (much-ka).  Obviously, it didn’t stick, but now we keep calling them ‘macskas’ when they’re in hiding or getting into some kind of trouble.

All I can say is that I’m very happy to have cats again and love these little guys we’ve been blessed with.

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33 Things That Make Me Happy

I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this sort of post as part of a tag or the #100daysofhappy and it just seems like an encouraging thing to do.  Even if it’s not directly encouraging toward the readers, it still throws out some positivity into the world.

I like that.

So today I’m going to post 33 things that make me happy.  They might just be current things going on or things that will always put a smile on my face.

things that make me happy

  1. My library job
  2. Chilly mornings
  3. The smell of rain in the air
  4. Fall/Autumn
  5. Reading a really good book
  6. Clean sheets
  7. Salted caramel hot chocolate from Dunkin’
  8. Jamming to music on long car rides
  9. Kittens
  10. Dancing while cleaning
  11. Freshly mowed grass
  12. Getting coupons in the mail
  13. A good photo session
  14. Libraries
  15. When my online order arrives in the mail
  16. Making carrot cake cupcakes with my mom
  17. Warm oatmeal cookies
  18. Ice cream
  19. Random silliness with my best friend
  20. Coffee and donuts from The Whole Donut
  21. Walks with my mom
  22. Watching football games with my dad
  23. Early mornings
  24. Spending hours in a bookstore
  25. Lazy, rainy days
  26. Homemade soup when I’m sick
  27. Family cookouts
  28. Organizing my room (it gets messy easily)
  29. A good sermon/bible study that really hits home
  30. The smell of cookies baking
  31. Bookstagram
  32. Being able to help someone and make them happy
  33. Surprising people

All these things, plus more that I couldn’t think of yet, make me happy and appreciate the little things in life.  I hope this will just spread some positivity to everyone out there and maybe inspire some of my fellow bloggers to try out a ‘things that make me happy’ post.

What are some things that make you happy?

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Library Lovers Tag

library lovers tag

1. How often do you visit your local library?

Technically 5 days a week… since I work there and all.  But I visit ones just outside of town once every few weeks.

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

Usually, yes.  I’m getting better at only taking out what I’ll read.  Then again, I can always renew the books too, haha.

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?

I’d say before I was 8 at least.  I remember being in the library as a child, I just can’t picture exactly what age was I was.

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

Depends.  Sometimes I need to find something completely new, but other times (especially as of late) there is a certain book I’m looking for and will not stop until I find it.

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?

For the most part it’s the books, but I’ve taken out DVDs a few times.

6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

Almost always young adult books, but I’m trying to expand my horizons with reading adult fiction and some non-fiction.

7. What is your favorite part of using your local library?

Getting to find out about amazing new books that I never would’ve found on my own online or bought because they were too expensive when I was at the bookstore.  I also love talking to the librarians and patrons about books and learning about new books that way.

And that’s it for the Library Lover’s Tag!  I wish there were more questions about the library because I just love them all!  Maybe I’ll be able to find another library tag somewhere.

In the meantime I’m going to tag the following people to do this tag if they wish to do so…

Manda @ Manda Mascara Diaries

Sly @ 99+ Sly Thoughts

Brandon @ Simply Brandon

Sophie @ The Giraffe Files

Seth @ Tales of a Triplet

And of course, if anyone else wants to do this tag let me know if you do in the comments!  I’d love to see everyone else’s answers!

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This Is Where It Ends [book review]

An auditorium packed full of students and teachers… and one of them has a gun.


When picking up this book, I expected nothing less than to be on the edge of my seat and moved to tears while I read it.  Unfortunately, this book was not as moving as I thought it would be.  While I was on edge wondering what would happen to each character, the book was lacking in some aspects.

The book follows the POV’s of five different characters, and all of them know each other in some way.  We get the look of what’s going on inside the auditorium as the shooting is going on, but we also get the view of the characters who are on the outside of it all.  I personally didn’t connect with all of the characters, or even like them all.  Don’t get me wrong, I felt sad for those who lost someone in the events of the book, but it’s hard to actually feel the loss yourself when you don’t know the characters very well.

Other than not being able to really get to know and relate to the main characters of the book, there was a major lack of motive for the student shooter.  The kid was not bullied in any way and does not show any signs of a mental illness.  We do see that he has suffered a loss and abuse at home, so we can reason as to why he is hurting in some way, but from what I know that sort of thing doesn’t ususally motivate a kid to pull a gun out on his classmates.

I will go back to my point that I was on the edge of my seat while reading this.  Even though I did not relate to the characters that well, I was still scared for them while the shooting was going on.  I wanted to know if the characters on the outside would be able to get help in time to save their loved ones and if the characters on the inside would all survive.  I was also waiting to find out what motivated the shooter to do this, but as I said eariler, there was no real motive against the students or faculty.

Overall, I would give this book a 2.5 star rating since there were some things I liked about the book.  I feel it would’ve been better if we followed only two or three characters’ POV’s as opposed to five because we could’ve gotten to know some of them better which would’ve made the losses in the book more emotional to us readers.

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5 Reasons I Would Delete Facebook (and the one reason I haven’t)

Social media has become an essential in our lives.  Almost everyone has some sort of social meda profile, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or a blog (I happen to have all listed).  It’s the only way we connect with each other these days.  Seldom do we actually call people or make weekly meet-ups a thing.


Sometimes I consider deleting my Facebook account for a few good reasons.  I think we all go through this “wanting to delete our profile” mindset more than once, and I’m sure we all want to do it for similar reasons.

5 Reasons I Would Delete Facebook

1.) Drama.  Ugh!  I swear some people have nothing better to do than to pick on others for the most idiotic reasons, or to butt into other peoples’ lives.  I sometimes get fired up when I see something and get ready to make a comment, then I have to sit back, take a breath and remind myself it’s not worth starting a fight over.  This is why I tend to post/repost things about books or cats.

2.) Wast of time.  There are times when I’ll spend so much time just scrolling through my feed and it disgusts me.  I could write two week’s worth of blog posts or read three and half books with the time I waste on Facebook each week.

3.) Facebook, or it didn’t happen.  We live in the mindset where we have to constantly take pictures and update our statuses so people can see what we’re doing all the time.  Instead of just enjoying the concert we’re at, we’re recording a low-quality video to post later so people know we were there.  Yeah, it’s nice to take pictures and video to share, but sometimes you need to put the phone down and enjoy life.

4.) Stress.  Aside from drama, there is unecessary stress added when you post something on Facebook and keep going back to see how many likes and comments you got.  If you got a few, great!  But if you didn’t, you start wondering why no one is seeing your post or liking it.  Since when did a click of a mouse determine our self-worth?  And don’t get me started on the game requests.

5.) Creepy friend requests.  Okay, first of all, if I get a friend request from someone and I have no friends in common with them there is no way I’m going to accept it.  I block that sucker right off the bat!  Then there are the people who have the mindset of “I have two friends the same as this person, so I’ll add them.”  Again, no.  If I don’t know you personally from somewhere, I’m not adding you… thanks for playing.

The Reason I Keep Facebook

Networking.  The main reason I’ll keep Facebook as long as its relevant is for networking purposes.  As a blogger, videographer and amateur photographer, Facebook is a good way to share my content with my family and friends… who might end up sharing it with their family and friends.  It’s also a good way for people to sell things or let people know they’re giving away kittens or puppies.  Facebook, despite its many flaws and frustrations, is a good way to connect with people when you really try.

Or to just share adorable kitten videos.

Are there times you want to delete Facebook or any other social media profiles?

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I Work at a Public Library [book review]

Working in a library sounds like a pretty chill job, right?  It’s quiet, you make some small talk about the books people are checking out and you get to sit in a chair when you’re not shelving books.

That couldn’t be more wrong.


The author of this book, Gina Sheridan, has been a librarian for many years and has experienced anything but peace and quiet in her career.  In fact, some of the things that happened in the libraries she’s worked at are so bizarre that she had to start writing these happenings down.

The book is sorted by topic – computers, telephones, found items, etc. – with tales from each category that will have you laughing and saying, “Did that seriously happen?”  Some of the stories are actually a little gross and borderline disturbing, but hey, that’s our society today I suppose.  If you think about it, it’s not the situations that are surprising… it’s the fact that these happened in a library.

It’s a very quick read; if certain events hadn’t been going on as I was reading this I could’ve easily finished it in one sitting (maybe two, just to take a break in between).  Though some people may feel as though it’s a waste of a read, but I think anyone who works in a library will find this book very relatable.  I know I did.  In fact, I might have to start keeping track of what goes on in my own library!  Then I’ll have my own stories to tell someday.

So I would definitely recommend this book to any fellow library employees – you’ll be shaking your head and agreeing with half of the stuff that goes on.  I’d also recommend it to anyone who uses a library as a warning… don’t be like some of the people in this book.  Or do be like them – quite a few were entertaining.

I especially enjoyed this snippet from page 64:

Calling, Name (Redux)

ME: You have an overdue item.

PATRON: What is it?

ME: Charlotte’s Web.

PATRON: [Turning to seven-year-old daughter.] You turd.

I honestly laughed out loud at that one, and so did two of my coworkers.

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Goodbyes Are Hard

Today I say goodbye to someone who might’ve been short, but held a big place in my heart.

Last Sunday, September 11th, my grandma left this world – called home by God to be with Him and all of her family that went before her.  It was also her 80th birthday.

I’ve lost people before over the years, but this one is hitting the hardest.  Not because she was my last living grandparent, but she was the grandparent I had the closest relationship with.  Of course I loved my Nanni and Poppy just as much, I just didn’t get to see them as often and they also were called home to God more than a few years ago.

It wasn’t a surprise when she passed, we knew it was coming sometime soon..  She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer almost two years ago and her health had drastically declined over the past few weeks… especially the week I was in Vermont.  But even though we knew it would happen soon, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt as much.

Work has been a good distraction from all of this.  I’m not constantly consumed with thinking of my grandma and how I won’t be talking to her anymore on my morning walks or seeing her, but I can’t say that I haven’t been in a daze this past week.  I’m functioning on autopilot most of the day and not really thinking much about anything.  Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like it really happened… then I remember it did and lose it.

Another way I’m trying to get through this is by thinking that she’s not suffering anymore.  It’s selfish to want her here if she’s going to be in pain and sick.  It just sucks that she couldn’t still be here with her full health.

I’m very thankful for the kind words I’ve received from family, friends and coworkers over the past week, as well as the prayers for comfort.

So I’m going to wrap this up (because I’m a wreck right now writing this).

I already miss you a lot Gramma, but I know you’re with the Lord and your family, and most of all you’re not suffering anymore.  I’m only going to say goodbye for now, because I will see you again someday in Heaven.  I love you.

– Tabitha (Jellybean)

Return to the Isle of the Lost [book review]

Weeks have passed since Mal defeated her mother, Maleficent (now a tiny lizard), and everything seems peaceful for her and her friends.  However, there have been some weird weather patterns happening throughout the United States of Auradon that cannot be explained, and there have been some mysterious attacks in a nearby kingdom.

Then, there are the messages.


Mal and her friends each receive a message telling them to return to the Isle of the Lost before Saturday night.  They have no idea who sent them this message or why they want them to return, but after some hacking Carlos is able to find out that there is going to be a meeting of the Anti-Heroes club the night they were told to return to the Isle.  Going against their better judgement, the four former villains decide to travel to the Isle to find out what this club might be plotting and to stop them before they disrupt the peace in Auradon.

To my surprise, I did not enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, The Isle of the Lost.  Part of this is due to the fact that the villain kids are lacking the edge they had in the first book and the beginning of the Descendants movie.  I get that they chose good in the movie, but it seems as though their transformation to good was too drastic in such a short time.  Yes, Mal and Jay had a few moments where their bad side showed, but they were still much more tame than the first book.

Aside from that the plot was interesting, since it book took some turns that I wasn’t expecting and it kept me on my toes as I waited for certain events to either happen or not happen.  It was similar to the first book where each of the kids had their own battle to face on the Isle, only this had more of a focus on the new friendship the four now share.

There were some new characters who made small appearances that I liked, including Genie’s daughter, Jordan, and a few more of the villain kids that our old VK’s encounter on their trip home.

It was a little disappointing how fast-paced the story went, (I always appreciate a little more drama) but overall the book wasn’t bad.  I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the Descendants franchise and is impatient for Descendants 2 to come out next summer.

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Vermont’s “Largest” Candy Store?

My mom and I were recently in Vermont for the third year in a row and we were very much looking forward to it.  We got off to a not-so-great start and there were a few bumps during our stay, but the trip wasn’t a complete bust.  We still enjoyed ourselves and getting away from home for a few days.

Aside from trying the amazing Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, we decided this year we would travel from our comfy room in Stowe to see Vermont’s largest candy store – Middlebury Sweets.  It was about an hour and a half from where we were staying, but hey… who doesn’t love a large candy store filled with treats you might not be able to find anywhere else?

That store?  Not very big.


We traveled all that way for a small, hole-in-the-wall candy store that wasn’t much bigger than a candy store in a mall.  Now that I’m thinking about it, it was about the size of the room we stayed in at our resort.  Not to mention that it doubled as a U-Haul rental place, so you have to wait for the person to finish with that before they ring you up.

We still got a decent haul of candy and they did have a lot to choose from as far as colors of M&M’s and different flavors of Jelly Belly’s, I just feel that it wasn’t worth going so far out of our way for it.  If we had been passing through Middlebury, it would’ve been a different story.

I hate to complain, but due to the fact that we used so much gas and wasted all that time traveling to Vermont’s “largest” candy store just upsets me.  I’m not saying it’s not Vermont’s largest candy store – it very well may be – but if they’re going to advertise it as being this great place to visit, please make sure it’s worth the time to go there.

And it wasn’t.

Have you ever been disappointed due to false advertising?

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