I am still rather overextended at my local libraries, with no hope in sight. So clearly I need to buckle down and exercise some discretion, especially since I am hoping to get a lot of books for Christmas. So I've been grabbing chances to duck my local libraries (both of them).
Thursday my kids came home from school with my sister, so our regularly scheduled library run didn't happen. I made it to the local library to drop some things off, and managed to squeak out with only a few picture books.
- Come Along Daisy, from the KG reading list
- Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, from the 1-2 grade list
- On Angel Wings, which was wildly mis-shelved and I SAVED it by checking it out as an act of mercy. Christmas books are very seasonal.
On Friday morning I noticed I had a library hold about to expire at the regular branch. So I swung by after dropping off the kids at school, but on my way to volunteer at another school library. There were two books on the hold shelf, and somehow I noticed two other books on the recommended shelf, but no real problem. After all, I had dropped of a bunch of books.
- Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-1861. I saw this in the local paper review section (on hold).
- Dragon Actually. Discussion book for Dirty Sexy Books, a blog I found recently (on hold).
- The Private Patient. Newish (to me) Adam Dalgliesh mystery by P.D. James.
- Blood Memories. Fun looking vampire book.
- Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee.
- The Iron Ring, by Lloyd Alexander. Aimed at the eleven year old, seems to have missed.
- Party Shoes, Noel Streatfeild. Aimed at any literate child, but doesn't count because I own it and am returning it since they can read my copy even if they got interested, which so far hasn't happened. Doesn't count at all.
- Floating Jellyfish, non-fiction picture book. Aimed at 1st grader, solid hit.
- Sea Critters, non-fiction picture book. Again, read and enjoyed during the lessons.
- One Big Ocean, non-fiction picture book. Any guesses as to current obsession of the first grader? Another win.
- If You're Happy and You Know It! Picture book read with great enjoyment by third grader to first grader, although a few hushes were needed during the more exuberant bits.
- Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey. Picture book enjoyed by the fifth grader. OK, not my target audience, but it turned out to be very text dense.
- Merry Christmas Ollie. Picture book that the first grader stalled out in, because whiny goslings aren't as interesting as personal speculations on one's own Christmas prospects.
- Yoon and the Christmas Mitten. Picture book, not chosen during piano lessons.
- Who Wants to Be a Poodle? I Don't, Picture book by Lauren Child, not chosen but I have better hopes for bedtime.
- The Kids Are All Right, by Amanda & Liz Welch , with Dan and Diana Welch. Book about rich orphaned kids, I think. Recommended to me somewhere (hold shelf).
- Honestly, Mallory!, by Laurie Friedman. Requested by third grader.
- Who Is Stealing the Twelve Days of Christmas?, by Martha Freeman. Aimed at a third grader, who has carried it around but I'm not sure if he started it. I found it on the shelf with the requested book.
- And that Transformer DVD, something about MiniCons, or something.
- Ender's Shadow, a different book by the same author and about the same people. The boy was happy.
- Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, by Lisa Yee, which is a book about the boy in the Millicent Min book I got yesterday. I love these parallel stories, and I think there's a third about the other main character.
- Son of the Mob, by Gordon Korman. I got this while helping my sister get her own copy of our book club book. I've been meaning to read it for ages now.