Booking another photo shoot

As usual, I have no affiliation with any of these sites, authors, photographers, or anyone else. 

Check out Elizabeth Sagon, a “bookstagrammer” – She’s been creating photography by posing with her book collection in various scenes, often related to literature. A few of her works:

In Love With Books, This Woman Uses Them To Make True Works Of Art

In Love With Books, This Woman Uses Them To Make True Works Of Art

In Love With Books, This Woman Uses Them To Make True Works Of Art

Look familiar?  That might be because she is good friends with James Trevino, who I posted about a while back.

Sometimes they even get in on the act together!

In Love With Books, This Woman Uses Them To Make True Works Of Art


LFL Stewards Holiday Swap: Halloween

I’m part of the Library Steward Exchange group on Facebook. They do holiday swaps and the like. I sent mine off to my Exchange partner earlier this week. Yesterday I got my present. Woo!  A pack of four black cat ear headbands, a book bag from a local book fair, Halloween garland, a bag of Starbursts, a package of little bags with Peanut Butter M&Ms, a bookmark also from the local book fair, Halloween-themed pencils, Curious George’s Halloween, Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween, Folks This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin, a journal/notebook – and the lines you write on are actual text from Jane Eyre in teeny-tiny font, and Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook by Nancy Vienneau. So much awesome in here! The kid books are going in my Little Free Library straight away, and I’ll be reading the Salatin and Vienneau books before deciding whether to keep or share them. The husband has already claimed some of the candy. I will probably share the headbands and pencils with my kids at work. I’ll put the garland in my Little Free Library too.

Thank you so much, Sam!

Looking forward to the Winter Holiday swap!


Quick Book Craft

A quick book craft for you

As I’ve mentioned before, I work with preschoolers for my job. My workplace has about zero budget for materials, so I buy, acquire, and make a lot of my own stuff. One of the things I made is a felt board. I do a lot of traveling within my part of town for my job, so my felt board needed to fit in my backpack and roller bag. It also needed to be big enough to hold the pieces I want to use – and be able to spread them out some.  I think this project cost me all of $1.20 or so, for the piece of felt, as the book was free and I already had the glue.

I ran across a larger hardback kids book whose pages were drawn on and ripped up. The cover was in great shape, though, making it perfect for my purpose. The felt came from somewhere like JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store.

I carefully sliced out all the pages with an X-acto knife. Then I cut my large piece of black felt to the dimensions of the inside of the open book covers, allowing just a touch extra to tuck into the spine.  I spread ModPodge Matte (I happened to have some in my craft stash – I suspect Elmer’s Glue would work just fine here) all over the inside of the book covers, open felt board.jpgand laid the felt carefully, working from end to end. I left the book covers open and let the whole thing dry overnight. When it was all dry, I went back to trim off any felt bits hanging over the edges of the book covers, closed felt board.jpgthen carefully closed the book covers – listening and feeling for any glue cracking off the spine. No cracks – the felt stuck to the inside of the book spine!


I have sets of felt pieces for some of the stories I do with my kids at work. One of the sets is for Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley.  I found a felt set on Etsy a while back, and a printable craft on KizClub. I read the story with the kids, then do the story again (more or less, as I remember it) with the felt pieces on the board, then we put the monster face together with the paper pieces and glue. We work on things like extending phrases (not just “eyes” but “two big yellow eyes”), articulation, identifying/labeling descriptors (colors, size, quality, felt board & book.jpgprepositions), requesting (asking for the paper pieces and glue), responding to questions (what’s missing?, who has the X, whose turn is next, what should we make go away next?), waiting your turn/listening for your name or the pieces you have (some of them are better about it than others) and so forth.

I also found a spooky candle at the dollar store. It’s a little tough to tell here, but it’s purple glitter spiders on a frosted plastic tube, with a battery-powered tea light. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve offered to read our story (how I begin every group) by “candlelight”, but only if everyone is okay with turning off the overhead light. We have a couple of big windows, so it’s never actually dark in our room. I check once or twice during the story to see if it’s gotten “too scary” yet. We also check out the candle before story time, so everyone can see the “flame” is just pretend, and it’s safe for kids. I WISH I’D FOUND THIS CANDLE YEARS AGO! The kids are sooo into it!

Go Away, Big Green Monster paper craft – color version:
black and white version:


Opening soon: Rose City Book Pub

The old County Cork pub in Northeast Portland neighborhood is closing. In its place? Rose City Book Pub, Portland’s first bookstore bar.

Wait, did you say “bookstore bar?”

Well, yes, and it’s exactly what it sounds like, a working bookstore that happens to pour beer and wine. As noted by Eater PDX, which broke the bar news last week, this will be Portland’s first such establishment, joining Boston’s Trident Cafe, the Spotty Dog in Hudson, or Afterwords in Washington, D.C.

Owned by Northeast Portland native Elise Schumock, the new pub will add built-in bookshelves, hidden nooks and a “cafe-style menu” to the already charming County Cork space. The bar will feature Northwest spirits and around 20 taps for beer and wine.

The bookstore side of things will feature children’s books and used literature, including books from Schumock and her parents’ own collections.

Look for Rose City Book Pub to open Oct. 14 in the former home of County Cork, 1329 N.E. Fremont St.;

— Michael Russell

Odd Stuff in the LFL

I’ve found a couple of business cards and things for local folks in the Little Free Library over the past few months. Today was something else, though. Today I found a pile of stuff in front of the books. I check my LFL every day or two – to see what’s moving, if I need to put out more, if people have left new books in there, so I’m pretty sure all this crap got left by a single person. The best part is that business cards, flyers, and other stuff come from a total of about 6 states. I decided to not share the test results mailed to someone from a health clinic in Maryland. All I can say is, the results were negative – you’re in the clear.

large stuff

We’ve got a postcard (blank on the reverse, so I shall be sending it to one of my penpals); an ad for an artist; a CD holder for the band WoManTra – with CD, a sticker with the band’s logo, and aforementioned test results all tucked inside; a yellow index card with obviously important notes on it, flocked dog stickers; and the WoManTra sticker. I kinda like the logo







small stuff

We also have an array of business cards and flyers, Magic cards, a note that apparently was tucked into a small gift to someone special, and sweet little “Love You” note. I can only imagine someone thought these might make good bookmarks. Either that, or they think I run a recycling station. Which, I suppose, isn’t far from the truth. We’re recycling books, though, not business cards.

If you are the person who dropped all this stuff off – please know that we were entertained by it all, and then it went into the recycling bin. Except the dog stickers. I tucked them into a couple of children’s books.

Wordstock? Portland Book Festival!

The internationally-famous Wordstock has had a makeover, and has become the Portland Book Festival!

The 2018 Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will feature 100+ authors presenting on 9 stagespop-up readings throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries, and 13 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 80+ vendorslocal food trucks, and partner events all weekend long.

The festival will also feature LitCrawl Portland.  Check out the schedule as it gets updated on Facebook or Twitter.

Get your tickets ahead of time – this event often sells out!