Page 49 Podcast – Interview with Amy S. King

Can’t say I have many followers here, but just want to put it out there that a good friend and colleague just had an AWESOME interview with an AWESOME YA author — I’m kinda jelly.

Take a few minutes to listen! Way to go, Monty!

The Monster Scifi Show

Welcome to Episode 2 of my spinoff podcast Page 49. As for this podcast, I wanted Page 49 to reflect some great writers but more geared towards Young Adults. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy when she came to my library branch earlier this year. She was kind enough to share some time to talk to me about the book I read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, her upcoming I Crawled Through It, and some Star Wars – how cool is that!!!

Amy’s new book is coming out in September 2015. Check out her site for more information about her, tour dates, and her amazing books – http://www.as-king.com/

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Chapter 3 – On being a librarian, part 1

Librarians understand that we’re not in the business of information – we’re in the business of people. Our jobs revolve around connecting people the resources, on providing them with service, on safeguarding their privacy (and as follows, their emotions), and just being a trustworthy and reliable figure for them.

Of course, I’d be lying if I said I liked all my patrons just the same.

Especially in the public domain, you get your fair share of patrons that just make you so completely and utterly exasperated that you just want to run into the back staff workroom and scream (silently, of course. Or not, depending on the soundproofing – I work in a older facility, so no obvious cries of frustration).

Then, there are patrons that give you all the validation you need.

Continue reading “Chapter 3 – On being a librarian, part 1”

Chapter 2 – Special Feature

The story of Pages, library kitten.

On Thursday, July 2, right before the big weekend off of work, I walked outside the auditorium of the movie matinee (showing, of course, Despicable Me 2 in honor of the Minions premiere the following week, more on that later), two of my fellow colleagues were outside on the patio, hovering over a box.

Contrary to many popular stories, our particular library system is restricted from bringing in any animals unless they’re service animals.

But… yet… who can be the meanie to say no to this face?

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Chapter 1, Page 7

Fortune cookies can be just the worst.

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Not to be cryptic, and all.

I’m also finally reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I’m feeling about it just the way I felt about this fortune cookie from Pei Wei.

“”Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”
Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Chapter 1, Page 5

I’m getting a little worked up just trying to write this first sentence.

Throughout the handful of years I’ve been in my career, I’ve witnessed many occurrences that have made me reflect on what a privileged life I have lived thus far, and how lucky I am to continue to do so. During some of these situations, I have had to sit by helplessly and watch authorities handle a situation; luckily, during most of these events, I am able to provide the needed resources and service to others.

Yesterday, my library hosted the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services who performed an Independence Day themed Naturalization Ceremony to 50 new Americans. It was my first time being privy to a naturalization ceremony, and I even got the chance to welcome them to the library and (stutter) across the message of how fitting it is that such a democratic process would take place in this democratic institution.

50 new Americans were sworn in as citizens today.
50 new Americans were sworn in as citizens today.

Its a little nationalist, and I sometimes hate feeling that way because I really don’t think we as Americans have the right to simply declare that we’re the “best country ever kthx God bless us always”, but these 50 individuals chose freely to become citizens and pursue opportunity.

Seize the day, peeps. Seize the mother effin day.

Chapter 1, Page 4

You know you’re a 90’s kid when a the Sailor Moon Moon Stick sends you into a fit of giddy, high pitched, happy yelps.

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Crafted by a vendor at Supercon 2015!

There seems to be a big revival of 90’s anime and videogames, what with the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy 7  and even Sailor Moon Crystal.

Makes the fan girl in me so incredibly giddy.

Plus, learning and connecting with indie game developers at the con to bring resources for the kids at the library and at YOUmedia.
The work never stops!… nor should it, really.

See, even though I’m missing ALA 2015, I’m being productive!

Plus, I even got socks only benefitting a librarian.

Socks by SocksMax, also bought at Supercon 2015
Socks by SocksMax, also bought at Supercon 2015

Chapter 1, Page 3

Going in for an interview has got to be the most dreaded thing ever.

As usual, feeling a maelstrom of emotions — excited, nervous, and anxious for a position that I could potentially rock and(!) grow in… but also trepidation, for leaving my current position only 5 months in, with unfinished business and unfinished plans.

But one must take the opportunity or else never know!

I spent all of last night rehashing the question: “Why are you the best candidate for this position?” oy.

In lieu of indescribable emotions — is this legit?
Via http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/

hmmm.
hmmm.

Chapter 1, Page 2

After a hiatus, this happened –

Dead Poet Society
Dead Poet Society

 

Plus, a ton of moon cycles, and sunrises that I actually got up for. Trees, banana spiders, and learning how to ride a bike, and being so incredibly busy as a Children’s Librarian once more that my to-do list is never-ending.

Can’t — and won’t — complain. Some people don’t get a chance to grow up and fulfill their dreams.

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