Moving to a new platform!

Hi Guys,

This is a little PSA to let you all know that I am moving my site to a different platform.

I have been with WordPress since 2016 and the functionality just isn’t working for me, especially with this latest update. I just want things to be cleaner and easier to browse. So, I decided to go for it!

I have been working with the wonderful, We Got You Covered Book Design, to create a new website. The new site will be hosted via Wix and the domain name should be the same: thelibrarianstoolbox.com

What does that mean for you?

If you are a WordPress user and want to keep following my blog, you can subscribe to my email list to get updates. If you are already an email follower, you won’t have to do anything.

So come June 15th, check back with thelibrarianstoolbox.com and you should be viewing my new site!

I hope you all will continue to join me on this blogging journey!

That’s all WordPress!

-M-

Read, Listen, Love!

A super quick post today…

There’s a really long wall at the library I am at right now. It is sort of plain and blank, so I wanted to fill it with something general but bright. I ended up doing some rainbow lettering that I thought was fun!

It’s a hard wall to get the full view of and it’s curved, so here is the up close images:

That’s all for now!

-M-

Learning is an adventure!

Finally, time for some new displays!

This one was very easy. Because the theme for summer reading is Tails & Tales, I wanted to do something jungle/animal-esq. I’d been wanting to do paper chain arms for an animal for a while and decided to embrace the paper chains all together.

My monkey and vines are made out of paper chains and brown paper bags:

Then I added my words, some butterflies and some grass. It was a little hard to get a picture on the windows but it looks great in person!

I’m so glad we are back in the library and I can get back into my display groove!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Mr. Impossible

Mr. Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater is the second book in the Dreamer triology.

The race is on. Will the world end or will we see the end of the dreamer and their dreams?

After a destructive and deadly ending to book one, Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde are back and they are determined to strengthen the ley lines in order to help the dreamers. But the very help they are looking to give may just doom them all. On their tales are the Moderators, who will stop at nothing to eradicate all dreamers and their dreams.

But as the stakes get higher, tensions rise and the pressure becomes to much. Who will break and who will fall? And when the dust settles, will there be anything left to save?

For me, this book felt very much like an interlude. Almost as if, we were getting the facts and behind the scenes “stuff” that you often infer in stories but don’t get to see. But, it felt like we were missing the flow of the story. At least that is how I felt and I know, for many, I will be the minority.

There was a lot going for the Lynch brothers but where was Adam? He had a much bigger part in the first book, but seemed like more of an afterthought in the second. And I know we are going to get a lot of him in the third book, but still.

The story picks up fast toward the end and the reveals smack you in the face one after another, after another. So we are really going to get into it in the final book.

I have to give this one 3.5 mostly for second book syndrome, which most trilogies have.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Handprint Henna

Today, henna is often used as a form of expression and can be found across the globe.​ As body art, henna may be worn in place of jewelry and some people even use it as hair dye. ​Henna decoration is often used for weddings and special occasions.

Henna is a small flowering shrub that grows in northern Africa, northern Australia, and southern Asia. ​Its leaves are dried and ground into a fine reddish-brown powder that is used for dying clothes, hair, and skin.​

When mixed with water or another liquid, it turns into a paste that can be applied to the skin. The art of applying henna to hands and feet is called Mehndi.​

Henna tattoos are different in different regions. In India fine lines and floral patterns are common, while Arabic henna designs are larger in scale, and African patterns are bolder and more geometric.​

After the henna plant has been turned into paste,  it is drawn in patterns on the skin and allowed to set. The henna should be allowed to set 6-12 hours for darker lines. ​

As it dries, the color seeps into the skin. In India, practiced artists apply the paste by squeezing it through their fingers, but it can also be applied with a foil or paper cornet, a plastic applicator bottle, a toothpick, or a knitting needle. ​

 ​For this virtual library program, I am going to go over a little bit of the history of henna, how is it used and applied and then we are going to look as some designs to get some inspiration in creating our own henna art.

But NO ONE wants to apply something semi-permanent, so instead we are going to create handprint henna. On a piece of paper, we will trace our hands and then using q-tips and paint, we will create our own patterns.

I originally had someone who was going to demonstrate applying henna, but the timing didn’t workout.

But, I think this will still be a great way to learn about henna, while incorporating a fun craft element into the program.

How’d it go:

This was a small group but we had a nice discussion and everyone was able to take turns showing their handprint henna art. This is definitely something I would do again virtually or in-person.

That’s all for now!

-M-

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