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Paperback Pigeon’s New Flight Path

Big changes are afoot for the Paperback Pigeon!  It is no secret that I’ve been struggling to tame a restless spirit, searching for a career path that will be balanced – both financially lucrative and personally fulfilling.   This blog clearly satisfies one of those requirements….the other not so much.   I’ve brainstormed and discarded several options and then it happened – I was inspired!  My sister took a leap of faith and went back to school, pursing a completely new career path.  Well, why not?  I mulled over her choice, and admired her bravery, wondering if perhaps this would be a viable option for me.  Would it make sense financially?  Can I juggle coursework and kids?  In a very uncharacteristic move I decided I would never know unless I tried.   So, following in my little sister’s footsteps and urged on by her enthusiasm, this Fall I’ll be returning to school in pursuit of a second career.  In what, you might ask?  I am the Paperback Pigeon after all, so it simply made sense to integrate this passion into my new professional goals – as a librarian!

Museums and libraries are my favorite places.  I spent the first few decades of my professional life in the former, and am enthusiastic about the potential to spend the back half in the latter.  There are still so many unknowns and a lot of work ahead, but I am excited to take on this challenge and forge a new path.  Join me on this adventure by picking up a library themed read!

isabellastarofthestoryIsabella: Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry.  Isabella discovers the wonders contained in the covers of a book when she visits the library.  Here she takes a turn at being the lead role in classic children’s tales while she tries to find just the right book.   Who will Isabella be next?  Peter Pan, Goldilocks and Black Beauty all make appearances, but it is the yellow brick road that leads Isabella to the checkout desk and the perfect book for her.  Don’t forget to check out more information on the stories Isabella enjoys at the back of the book – perhaps one is just right for you!  PB

bats at the libraryBats At The Library by Brian Lies.  When night falls and the bats come out there is no better place for wonder than the library.  Filled with wonder and discovery this charming rhyming text follows the bats as they investigate great literature and enjoy storytime together.  PB

biscuitBiscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.  It is Pet Day at the library and Biscuit is ready to explore.  Join everyone’s favorite little puppy as he discovers the wonders of the library.  At the end of his visit Biscuit gets help from the librarian and chooses the perfect book to take home! ER-K

 

escapefromlemoncelloEscape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.  Famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello has just funded a brand new library – and 12 lucky kids will be the first to visit in an overnight sleepover adventure that is filled with games and riddles.  However, the morning brings a shocking surprise and the stakes are high as the kids try to find the secret passage out of the library. MR -4/6

thiefThief of Lies (Library Jumpers) by Brenda Drake.   Gia’s interest in the mysterious Arik leads her to be pulled into a world of magic and intrigue – that’s after she is literally pulled into the pages of a book.  The book happens to be filled with photographs of the worlds most beautiful libraries and Arik turns out to be a Sentinel – a mysterious protector against evil.   The battle has just begun and Gia needs to find out where her heart lies and what is really worth fighting for.  YA

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L is for….

Libraries are the ticket to wondrous worlds.  Even if you never get on a plane, pack the car, or hop on the next train you can visit the world, both real and imaginary, in the stacks of a library.  Many children are first introduced to the unlimited magic of the library at storytime.  Captivated kids hang on every word the librarians read, and they always know the best books to share.  On your next visit to library pick up this all-ages read-aloud because, no matter how old you are you never out grow the library and, everyone loves storytime, especially…..

Library Lion by Michele Knudsen

librarylionThis is a charming tale of a special lion who comes to the library and is allowed to stay as long as he follows the rules.  The Library Lion soon becomes an indispensable helper to the head librarian and a welcome presence in the library.  But when he breaks a rule everyone at the library learns that sometimes rules need to be broken to help a friend. (PB)

nycpubiclibrary lionsThe New York Public Library branch on 5th Avenue & 42nd Street, Manhattan, NY is the home to two lion sculptures that welcome visitors.  Their names are Patience & Fortitude and have become the symbol of the New York Public Library System.

 

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I is for…

What if you could be anyone, or go anywhere?  With a little imagination anything is possible!

Isabella books by Jennifer Fosberry

Isabella is a little girl with big plans.  With unlimited imagination nothing is impossible for a girl who truly believes in the magic of pretend!  (PB)

isabellagirlonthegoIsabella: Girl on the Go – Isabella is spending the day helping her father, but she isn’t going to settle for ordinary chores!   As she goes about her day each chore becomes an exciting adventure across the globe.  Where will she end up?  The best place of all, of course, home.  Wonderful information for young readers about the fantastic destinations that Isabella visits – from the Pyramids at Giza to the Great Wall of China – at the back of the book.

isabellanotmynameMy Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? – Isabella isn’t going to settle for just being Isabella!  Call her Sally the astronaut or Marie the scientist, or Mommy the greatest Mommy there ever was!  Isabella spends her day pretending to be all her heroes, driving home the idea that girls can be and do anything they want.  And maybe being Isabella is the best person for her to be, after all.  Turn to the end to learn all about the amazing women Isabella adores.

isabellastarofthestoryIsabella: Star of the Story – Isabella discovers the wonders contained in the covers of a book when she visits the library.  Here she takes a turn at being the lead role in classic children’s tales while she tries to find just the right book.   Who will Isabella be next?  Peter Pan, Goldilocks and Black Beauty all make appearances, but it is the yellow brick road that leads Isabella to the checkout desk and the perfect book for her.  Don’t forget to check out more information on the stories Isabella enjoys at the back of the book – perhaps one is just right for you!

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