Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Amanda Palmer

This was an excellent show! One of the best I have been to in a long time.

The intro was amazing! The whole concept behind this project, aptly titled "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" is based on graffiti under a bridge in Boston that read "If you see Amanda Palmer in the street, kill her" under which someone wrote "That way she'll live forever". To kick of the show the intro/description was narrated by Neil Gaiman. Here's a little video:

After the narration, Amanda came out in a wedding dress/death shroud-esqe costume, was hoisted in the air and began some mean piano playing! Her first song was Astronaut, which is one of my favorites and my daughter's most favorite. I wasn't sure how the set would sound with just piano and all but I was blown away! It sounded full and rumbled my body!

(I decided to go ahead and post this since it has been in my drafts for a long time and I am obviously never going to get around to finishing it.)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dewey Yourself!

sarah campbell's Dewey Decimal Section:

013 [Unassigned]

000 Computer Science, Information & General Works

Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You're working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Halloween Blog Post

Here is my costume! I slept in rollers to assure my hair was authentic. I am very proud.

Here is a link to information on haunted libraries

We held a "Librarians Go Goth" program as part of our Teen Read Week festivities. When the teens voted for the Teen's Top Ten, we added a spot to nominate a librarian to go goth! We took some before photos and the teens got a big kick out of this. Here were our results:
The winners:
Mrs. Valerie runs our Printz Club and works at the Youth Services desk.

She became "V", our angst-y goth.

Mrs. Honey is our Youth Services Manager.

She became our perky goth.

Mrs. Mary is famous for her family story time.

She became our sexy goth!

These ladies got into the part and did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this program idea.
I think it would have been a bit better if we had the teens dress up the librarians with their clothes, make-up etc.
This cost no money to do. The prep involved creating the voting display, finding victims, er, um I mean volunteers and arranging days for them to dress up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack the Casbah

Today Barack Obama came to Raleigh. I happened to have the day off so I decided to walk the two blocks down to the rally. I was really excited because this was the first rally I had gone to. I think I read that 25,000 people were at the event. Everyone was smiling and there was a great energy surrounding the whole affair.
Everyone was pleasant. There was no pushing and shoving and everyone remained in the lines they put us in. I always have a problem with lines. I feel herded and controlled.
The crowd's energy was great and people of all kinds were represented. His speech was inspired and passionate.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in this landmark event.

Amazingly there was only one protester. He had a large sign and on the back of it he had printed FREE SPEECH in large letters. Although I didn't agree with his sign I knew that he had just as much right to be there as we did. I was glad he was permitted to silently walk with his sign.
I was also obsessed with the security. It was crazy to spot guys in the crowd and on top of buildings.
Another crazy aspect of the rally was the "vendors". I would much rather give my money to the campaign itself and not the guys making their own version of merchandise. I did enjoy the stencil artist in the cool bus. Kudos for actually making a buck on something that isn't just a cheap imitation.

I also thought this was cool. Look closely and you can see where someone drew Obama's face in the dust on the glass. Pretty cool.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where has the Dark Faerie Librarian gone?

I am still alive. I promise. I am just adjusting to a new life. I promise to return with great things.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I am at Dragon*Con!

Please read about my adventures here:


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Ogre that stole my heart

One weekend morning, our YS Manager arrived to find a huge Ogre on lawn of the library.

Questions circulated as to why this Ogre found his way to the Library... A student art project? Trash? A prank? He was moved into our workroom while we tried to solve the mystery. Seeing him everyday, I have become quite fond of him...
Unfortunately, not all of my co-workers feel the same. They have discussed painting over him or throwing him away. They called him ugly and they called him trash.

We finally found our answer as to the origin of the monster on a local teens deviant art page. (it can be found here: http://www.beckeez.deviantart.com/)
This instantly made me think of the book P.L.A.I.N. Janes by Cecil Castelluci. (If you haven't read this, you really need to)

I feel honored that we were chosen to be a part of this teens artistic mission.
I am fighting to keep the monster in the library.
I would hate to see something happen to a piece of art that anyone worked on. It is about 7 feet tall and took time, tools, sweat and a vision to create. I think it would be disrespectful to paint over it or trash him. I am even more passionate about this because a teen made it. Not many teens really commit so strongly to an artistic mission like this one. I hope I can convince my library (or another library) to display this monster and I hope it encourages the teen who made it to continue with her art. I will certainly keep my eyes open for it.

I think this monster fulfilled his artistic destiny. He aroused questions and emotions. He confused us, angered some of us and even made a few of us giggle.


Sunday, June 1, 2008


What is Steampunk?
It's a movement, it's a genre, it's so much more than you ever knew.

With a scene present in the local area, I thought I would experiment with a few ideas surrounding this underground phenomenon.

First I set up a display of Steampunk Literature. This included a booklist, books, a captains hat with goggles, some large gears, an old book from the early 1900s and a technical steampunkesqe drawing.

This actually attracted a lot of attention. One woman checked out a majority of the display moments after I had set it up. While checking out she mentioned that she was glad to see the display and get a booklist because she was having a discussion with a friend about the "Steampunk Genre" and her friend didn't believe that it existed.

I also threw a little steampunk into a program we were doing. My co-worker found a great program idea on another blog and we did our own version of A Great and Terrible Tea.
The idea is loosely based on the Libba Bray books A great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and A Sweet Far Thing. I promoted the event with tea bags. I just stapeled our event information on the end of the string and put them out in a mug.

My co-worker also made a great flyer that a few teens mentioned caught their attention in the evaluation.

The event was a blast! We had a quiz on which Great and Terrible Beauty are you. I had a blast making the quiz. (Which I can email anyone who wants to have an event like this.)
We then talked about Victorian Calling Cards and the teens made their own calling cards using an assortment of supplies.

Here are a few:

We then had tea (in our own favorite teacup)
and homemade scones (lovingly baked by my wonderful co-worker and amazing supervisor). I played my Sleepy Hollow Soundtrack and one of the teens borrowed it from me. We then played this amazing version of Mystery Date Gemma Doyle style that my co-worker created. Watch her blog for details about her fabulous creation!

We also awarded prizes for costumes. I love costumes and dressing up, so we have these at programs a lot. Here are the winners:


We want teens to come to the library.
We get the books they want to read.
We hold events we hope they'll want to attend.
We go to the High Schools to tell them about these things.
But what else can we do?
Getting the word out and letting the teens decide on their own that it would be cool to go to the library is hard. How can we do effective outreach to teens?
My co-worker came up with a great solution... Set up a booth at an Anime Convention!

We not only promoted our library's collection and events, but we obtained other literature from cities within a days driving distance. We also handed out sheets on how to get a manga/anime collection started.
I must say this was an amazing experience. LOTS of teens came up to our table. A lot of adults came up to our table. We met librarians from all over and exchanged ideas and stories. We bonded with our local teen patrons who are anime fans and met new ones. People were excited to know about our events and anime clubs. Some we're excited to learn that libraries offered such things!

We raffled off a Ramune and bag of goodies every hour and one of the highlights was seeing the teens get so excited about their goodies.
Another great surprise was to see the teens I worked with at my old library in Boone. It was great to see them and hard to believe it's been 2 years and they are graduating and going to college!

I made a steampunk costume for the event because I love any reason to dress up!

I also met other people in the community who would love to donate their time and talent to the library. I must say that I left the event inspired and excited to come back in future years.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ren Faire

Our annual family trip to the Ren Faire is always fun. Despite all the money Ian and Kevin spent at the Faire last year, neither of them wore their costumes. I'll be sure to remind them of this when they feel the urge to buy costumes again.

This year we battled the rain, but it added a bit of authenticity to the day. This made Kevin happy as it ment many trips to the Mead Tent to dry off. They have great bawdy entertainment which begins with the disclaimer that "if the kids get the jokes, it's not their fault."

All and all we were soggy, but had a good time. Phaedra got some Baby Dragons (2 anoles) and named them Rose and Thorn and we are going to have more baby dragons! Joy!

I leave you with my Knights in action.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Candy Girl A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody

I have a confession.
This was the first adult book I have read in a long time.
I even felt a little guilty that I spent time reading something that I wasn't going to recommend to a teen at work. Then I realized how retarded that was and realized I only spent 1 night (yes, it was that good. I haven't read a book that fast in awhile) and I was going to recommend it to my friends, and it was damn good!

I love her voice and wit, and I must admit, I think I have a crush on Diablo ;)

Seriously, I really enjoyed this little memoir and you might like it too. (But only if you don't blush easily, because it is a bit... um...dirty.)

Now, here are some songs to take your clothes off to.