Perks of Being a School Librarian

Okay, this is not the post where I make a list (and it’d be very pointy) to brag about the upside to my job – that’s for another post ;)

However, today my school was lucky enough to host Canadian track and field, 1996 gold medalist, Bruny Surin.

As a French Canadian, he has a very little audience in the French speaking community, so he is a very important member in the motivational speaker line that can travel throughout the country to give great speeches without adapting for the English community (because, let’s face it, there are a lot of English speaking motivators out there). Mr. Surin is very humble of his experience. Even after he retired, he has founded an organization, Fondation Bruny Surin,which was built to enable and encourage youth in sports.

But, the reason I wrote this post is this. Not only did I have the benefit to hear this man speak and watch the kids become enthralled in what he had to say, but after his presentation I was jokingly suggested he could donate a signed copy of his book Le Lion Tranquille to our school library for the kids.

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He actually agreed!

I’m just going to take this time, because he snuck back in the school and left the book with the front-office so I couldn’t do it then, but thank him very much for his presentation and for his gift to the school. «Merci Mr. Bruny!!!»

I admit the cover is questionable, but whatever, I’m not going to start cutting out little paper shirts.

So that is my perk for today!

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What is your favorite job perk?

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Review: Displaced Persons by Derek McCulloch & Anthony Peruzzo

Published: 2014
By: Image Comics
Source: FMPL
Format: Paperback
ISBN:   9781632151216

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I wasn’t going to write anything about this book and just keep it to myself, but I figured after the few twists this book sent me through that I should share this little gem with you.

Displaced Persons is divided by four different generations, all with an interesting person who enters the characters lives. This person has no recollection of who they are, where they’re from, or what their purpose is, but each of these four people is connected to one another. A baby a scar. A man with a locket. A woman who takes the name “Sunshine”, and a woman who who shows up on a movie-set.

Although there is not much to say about the story without giving away the ending, it definitely has an interesting story line because each generation is affected by the disappearance in the family, like strange curse that was placed upon the family once upon a time.

3 Star

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Review: Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges

Published: 2013
By: Mariner Books
Source: FMPL
Format: Paperback
ISBN:   9780547615592

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to wind up reading, I couldn’t even remember how to title got to my TBR list, but that’s okay. I had requested this from my local library as a way to get a community bin returned to my work-library so the kids can drop off their public library books.

Calling Dr. Laura is not about a doctor as you may assume from the title, it is in fact the call-in radio show the main character (and author) Nicole listens to on a regular basis in order to avoid confronting a lot of her problems or to drown out the constant nagging by her mother.

Like the subtitle entails, this is a memoir, and this particular one illustrates different parts of the author’s life starting from her childhood, which includes health problems, family relationships and most of all the relationships her mother had gone through in order to find Nicole a “daddy”-figure.

Early on in the book, the reader is made aware that Nicole is a lesbian, and with that came the great burden/responsibility of either sheltering her mother from the reality and attempting to convince her girlfriend (at-the-time) that her mother knowing of this relationship would prove fatal to whatever lifeline she has.

Nicole, her dog, her hens, and her ex’s dogs, in a quaint house where she spends her days sewing, drawing, and listening to Dr. Laura.

3 Star

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