Behind the Blog: Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

A big welcome to Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a 19 year old college Freshman. I balance blogging in with my busy college life not always so graciously. Obviously I love to read, but I’m also an avid sports fan College volleyball and High School girls basketball are among my favorite to watch. I also enjoy running and plan to run several 5K races this summer. I’m a rather reserved person when you first meet me, but that is often short lived and then you can’t get me to shut up. I’m going to college to be an Elementary Education and Special Education major with the hope of being a kindergarten teacher.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Bad Beginning”

“The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)” by Lemony Snicket

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

GoodreadsOther Series of Unfortunate Events books

Source: Borrowed

Summary from Goodreads:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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A Psuedo Librarian’s Take On: Tween Programming Part 2

I’m not a full library professional at the moment but I am making baby steps in that direction. My coworkers know I’m passionate about libraries and youth services so they allow me to have control on many projects around the library. This will be a somewhat regular feature where I talk about what I’m trying and how it’s working/not working.

Third Month-American Girl

I remembered enjoying American Girl as a kid and I know the books move like crazy at the library to this day. I figured something American Girl related would be a good event to try. Oh boy, was I right. All 20 seats were full days before the event. We had people calling and emailing to see if there seats available. Eeek!

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Book Review: “The Neverending Story”

“The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Classic

GoodreadsSource: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place – by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic – and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the mysteries of his own heart. Continue reading