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Carl Deuker (Gym Candy, Night Hoops, Payback Time) continues to bring his A-game to his catalogue of great Y.A. sports novels. In Swagger, Jonas is a promising high school basketball player who, with improved grades and the encouragement of a new young coach, hopes to score a coveted basketball scholarship to a good university. All that changes, though, when he discovers the horrific secret being kept by teammate and best friend, Levi. Is it worth jeopardizing his future to do the right thing? Without spoiling the plot twist, let me just say this is a great sports book with a timely subject matter. #yalit

Carl Deuker (Gym Candy, Night Hoops, Payback Time) continues to bring his A-game to his catalogue of great Y.A. sports novels. In Swagger, Jonas is a promising high school basketball player who, with improved grades and the encouragement of a new young coach, hopes to score a coveted basketball scholarship to a good university. All that changes, though, when he discovers the horrific secret being kept by teammate and best friend, Levi. Is it worth jeopardizing his future to do the right thing? Without spoiling the plot twist, let me just say this is a great sports book with a timely subject matter. #yalit

When an 8-mile long, 2-mile wide tornado levels her hometown, Jersey literally loses everything: her home, mother, sister, even her school. With nothing and no one left, how will Jersey survive? Her heartwrenching account, which takes the reader through the eye of the storm to its destructive and deadly aftermath, will tear you up, and I guarantee you won’t watch a news reports about such natural disasters as this quite the same way again. #yalit

When an 8-mile long, 2-mile wide tornado levels her hometown, Jersey literally loses everything: her home, mother, sister, even her school. With nothing and no one left, how will Jersey survive? Her heartwrenching account, which takes the reader through the eye of the storm to its destructive and deadly aftermath, will tear you up, and I guarantee you won’t watch a news reports about such natural disasters as this quite the same way again. #yalit

Good things come in little packages…love my new storybook bracelets from Madeline Pittman. 💟

Good things come in little packages…love my new storybook bracelets from Madeline Pittman. 💟

Charlie + Lucy = ♥#ghsmuttstrut

Charlie + Lucy = ♥#ghsmuttstrut

Our iSchool Student Advocates spent today getting ready for tomorrow’s big iPad rollout. Strap those seatbelts - we’re in for a wild, fun ride!

Our iSchool Student Advocates spent today getting ready for tomorrow’s big iPad rollout. Strap those seatbelts - we’re in for a wild, fun ride!

School for students hasn’t even started back yet, but I found this post-it on my circ desk keyboard when I went in for a bit this afternoon. THIS is why I love my job. ♥

School for students hasn’t even started back yet, but I found this post-it on my circ desk keyboard when I went in for a bit this afternoon. THIS is why I love my job. ♥

A life-size Sherlock poster? Why, yes. #sherlock #LibraryCribs

A life-size Sherlock poster? Why, yes. #sherlock #LibraryCribs

Oh, how I love the Mt. Pleasant Marshall’s - first my red telephone booth, now a Union Jack trashcan. #anglophile

Oh, how I love the Mt. Pleasant Marshall’s - first my red telephone booth, now a Union Jack trashcan. #anglophile

School starts back in *gulp* 2 more weeks, and I’ve been struggling to get my back-to-school mojo in gear. This book our staff was asked to read has helped though - and it’s a quick read too! Based on the work atmosphere at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, in a nutshell (clamshell?) here’s what we can all do to make our jobs more pleasurable and productive while providing our customers/students with a positive experience…
1. Choose your attitude - you can go in thinking, “This day sucks,” or go in saying, “What can I do to make this a great day?” Watch the company you keep too - better to spend your time with glass-is-half-full rather than glass-is-half-empty people.
2. Play - as the Joker would say, “Why so serious?” Maintain a sense of humor amidst the insanity and allow yourself some fun! A good laugh with a coworker or student can go a long way.
3. Be there - don’t let outside or personal distractions (hello, phone and social media!) keep you from focusing on clients/students when they need and deserve your full attention. This is necessary in reverse too - leave work at work when your home situation needs you.
4. Make their day - you shouldn’t be kind to others just to make yourself feel better, yet nothing quite makes a person feel so good as when he or she has helped or done something good for others. A small gesture to help someone else can do a lot to energize yourself. #NOTyalit

School starts back in *gulp* 2 more weeks, and I’ve been struggling to get my back-to-school mojo in gear. This book our staff was asked to read has helped though - and it’s a quick read too! Based on the work atmosphere at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, in a nutshell (clamshell?) here’s what we can all do to make our jobs more pleasurable and productive while providing our customers/students with a positive experience…
1. Choose your attitude - you can go in thinking, “This day sucks,” or go in saying, “What can I do to make this a great day?” Watch the company you keep too - better to spend your time with glass-is-half-full rather than glass-is-half-empty people.
2. Play - as the Joker would say, “Why so serious?” Maintain a sense of humor amidst the insanity and allow yourself some fun! A good laugh with a coworker or student can go a long way.
3. Be there - don’t let outside or personal distractions (hello, phone and social media!) keep you from focusing on clients/students when they need and deserve your full attention. This is necessary in reverse too - leave work at work when your home situation needs you.
4. Make their day - you shouldn’t be kind to others just to make yourself feel better, yet nothing quite makes a person feel so good as when he or she has helped or done something good for others. A small gesture to help someone else can do a lot to energize yourself. #NOTyalit

Saw this outside a book store in Kensington… 💙 #doctorwho

Saw this outside a book store in Kensington… 💙 #doctorwho