A New Look – Chalkboard

Chalkboard Theme | Jorie's Reads by Starry Night Elf

Chalkboard | Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf

It was time for a change and I instantly liked the “Chalkboard” background. The information is the same but now easier to access.

Also, check out the new “Follow Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf” buttons in the right hand margin. There are so many ways to connect and keep up with the latest information on Jorie’s Reads!

National Library Week – Thursday

I received this letter about National Library Week –

On Apr 18, 2013, at 6:04 AM, “Michael Dowling” wrote:

Dear Marjorie,

Thank you for supporting your state’s libraries during National Library Week, the perfect week to let your state legislators and governor know how important libraries are to you and your community!

If you still need to write, please, take a few minutes now and let your voice be heard!

Without funding, libraries will be unable to continue making available all the resources they do to your community. Help convince your elected officials to continue funding libraries, among the most valuable resources in your community.

It will only take a few minutes but your message will make a difference. Your state library association has provided an easy and effective way for you to write your elected officials to let them know how much you value the libraries in your community. Here is that link:


Consider sharing a personal story about how your public, school, or college library makes a positive impact in your own community. For example, let your elected officials know how much your children depend on their school libraries to help them succeed in school, or explain how much you depend on your public library to connect you to information you need.

Again, please forward this message to your friends, family, and colleagues in your state. Ask them to take this opportunity to support libraries in their communities, too!

Thank you for advocating for the libraries in your community.


Michael Dowling
Director, Chapter Relations Office
American Library Association

National Library Week – Monday

Celebrate National Library Week with Us!                 April 14 – 20, 2013

Most of the books I review come from the library. The amount of money I’ve saved    is infinite.

Did you know:

  • You can check out Digital Media and download it into your favorite eReader from the public library?
  • Libraries provide databases which give users access priceless information for free?
  • You can also check out movies, seasons of TV shows, music, and various other media as well as print books?
  • Libraries often provide public WiFi so you can connect to the WWW and the world?
  • You have Internet access?

What are your favorite things about your neighborhood library?

Jorie’s Bookish Best Friends | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

Happy President’s Day – A Memory

Jorie’s Store – Ask Me Anything About the Presidents (Avon Camelot Books)

My first memory of President’s Day reaches back to when I was a first grader. A couple of the Social Studies teachers at my elementary school told us about two great U.S. Presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We had cake, too. Since I don’t like cherries all that much, I got in the Lincoln line.

I can tell you why we celebrate President’s Day (with sales on mattresses, no less). We even have a President’s Day Challenge going on a library branch where I work. (By the way, we’re actually open on President’s Day.)

So, why am I blogging about President’s Day? Well, a few years after that Social Studies class, I purchased Ask Me Anything About the Presidents at our school’s book fair. I believe I drove my entire family nuts by reading aloud the questions from this book. Nonetheless, I’m guessing Social Studies and the book inspired me to read biographies of various POTUS’. The book set me on a journey which I believe brought me to book blogging. It stirred my curiosity and made me want to share my opinions on books.

So, this President’s Day, I celebrate an impetus. What book(s) inspired you to blog? To discuss? To share with your friends?

Super Sweet Blog Award

The Awesome Je suis frenchie.  nominated me for the …



 Now, I must answer a few questions, so here it is:

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cake
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla!
  3. Favorite sweet treat? Cheesecake
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? My Birthday (April)
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Well, they called me Sprite when I was a kid. Does that count?

So here are MY nominees:


and the rules (if you don’t feel like doing it, then don’t):


  • Thank the blogger(s) who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
  • Nominate other blogs for this award and let them know.
  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Answer the 5 questions


That’s all for now guys! I’ll do a new article soon (I hope). Please, feel free to let me know what you think or what you did for the Holidays. I’ll be glad to hear your stories.

Lots of love.