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Friday, May 19, 2017


Full of gratitude sums up my feelings at the moment! I'm happy to share that I'm officially a contributing author to the American Library Associations' Coretta Scott King Blog!

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 TLA: Owning Your Library Profession

Here's a recap of last week in tweets and pics. Please enjoy!
Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee newest members, which I did take my place as the new member on the 2017-2020 program committee.
TBA's Author's Speed Dating Recap
General Session began a welcome from San Antonio mayor, Mrs. Ivy Taylor and concluded with the "digital englightenment" revelation from Cory Doctorow. In addition to this tweet, few other "AHA Moments" were these nuggets of insight:
1. Devices should always obey their owners.
2. Security facts should always be legal to disclose.

3. Saying we don't need librarians because we have the internet, is like saying we don't need doctors because we all have the plague.
4. LIBRARIES are the secret clubhouses of the resistance!"

**Forgive me for the bolded, increased font of that final apropos quote.

Nevertheless, another beloved moment from TLA was meeting/speaking with Bernadette Stanis about her latest book The Last Night, A Caregivers Journey Through Transition and Beyond and her foundation Remembering the Good Times
Listen to the statistics on what Diabetes 3 from Bernadette...

Bernadette Stanis on Alzheimer's from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

Here's a lovely book review regarding The Last Night, A Caregivers Journey Through Transition and Beyond.

However, one of the defining moments occurred when I met Victoria Jamieson, author of Roller Girl, Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon!

How COOL is it that San Antonio's own "Alamo City Roller Girls" arrived on skates? I feel a program idea brewing...
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this conference!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Color Me a Princess Tea!

Without further adieu, I must inform you that I just had the ABSOLUTE BEST DAY in the library. Yesterday, we broke through the mirage of the "stereotypical" princess. We took the "rescue me" mentality up a notch, removed the prince and added the vitamin of EMPOWERMENT into the mix. Come on this journey with me, as yesterday changed my perspective in the best way possible!

"Color Me a Princess Tea" short movie from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

We had a panel of distinguished guests:
Rashika Robinson (biology major, baker/entrepreneur)
Miss Katy Teen 2017 Sydney Felton (17 y/o dancer, student and motivational speaker)
Tina B. (engineer, poet, musician)
Courtnie Penson (Freed-Montrose Librarian, social worker, doctoral canidate)
April Carson and Rhonda James (YWCA Houston Community Outreach and Director of Programs)
Sybil Moss (educator, pagent organizer, motivational coach)

The ultimate goal: Make yourself the heroine in your life with your light!

To kick off the festivities, I wrote these young princesses a poem about them, their neighborhood and their own beauty beneath the crown..

4th Ward Crown & The Hate U Give excerpt from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

This, by far, was my best program event ever!The speakers were phenomenal women in their own right!

Because I fervently believe in practicing what I preach, I challenged the young ladies to finish the following "sentence stems" regarding themselves. You saw a snippet early in the shortie film from a young lady, but I also had a vulnerable moment...

I Love...I Forgive...I Will... from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

and here's a few more moments...
To conclude, the best moment of the day happened when these young women RUSHED down to the library to begin the festivities! Enjoy these photo slide and know this...
To Mr. Miller, Jeremiah, Gregory and Antonio, THANK YOU for being the silent princes (and King-Miller) that I needed to film and arrange! We're all one happy, EMPOWERED family!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Clever Children's Bookmarks

I came across this video on Facebook that demonstrated how to make a Despicable Me-Minion bookmark! I'm going to try it out with my kiddos in the library! Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Today's a fun day in the library! It's Dr. Seuss' birthday and we had a parade, watched my favorite Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches, we did some finger puppet "make believe" and then played a game of Seuss Charades! Enjoy!

GLEC #DrSeussDay Celebration! from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Digital Finds for Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! I'm so thankful to highlight the contributions of these Americans! It's everyone's history...with a well deserved emphasis on those marginalized over the years!

Now that I'm working at the best magnet arts campus in Houston, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for the Visual and Performance Arts, I can't stop bragging about all the wonderful extra-curricular opportunities here! On Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 5:30 pm, come celebrate BHM with us! We'll even have our own "Barack and Michelle Obama!"

PSA for GLEC's Black History play! from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

For those of you that didn't know, I've long wanted to be a playwright! So, for our "Black History" program, I wrote one!

Because I secretly wanted to be a dancer as a young girl, and when challenged by a student that I couldn't waltz, I had to make him eat a little "humble pie!"

Lastly, here's some digital finds that even taught me a thing or two I didn't know about black history!