REVIEW: Pete the Cat’s Guide to Love

25817734Title: Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love
Author: Kimberly & James Dean
Publisher:  Ballastine Books
Publication Date: December 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062430618
Ages: 6+
Type: Picture Book

Pete the Cat has been hit by an arrow! Follow along with Pete on the groovy train of love and hear some Pete’s favourite love-struck quotes.

Pete the Cat is a must-read for any children’s librarian, but this book is just plain…weird. The illustrations are spot-on, but what kid wants to read a bunch of quotes by Audrey Hepburn, Plato, and Lucille Ball? If you’re on a tight collection budget, I’d skip this one.

Grade: C-


REVIEW: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

troublemaker book cover
Title: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Author: Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
Publisher:  Ballastine Books
Publication Date: November 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781101886960
Type:  Adult Non-fiction

Leah Remini, best known for playing Kevin James’ beautiful wife Carrie on sitcom King of Queens, gives us a panoramic view of the cultlike religion of Scientology. Remini, who was a second generation Scientologist, left the church in angst and became a defector of the church she once defended. Remini spent millions of dollars studying courses, but was quickly reprimanded after filing complaints against the Scientology poster boy, Tom Cruise. Leah Remini’s stubbornness became her saving grace as she questioned the the elders of the church. Not much has been written about the inside look into Scientology, so grab this one up before it’s gone.

Grade: B+

Library Stacks

Rock the Library Expands to Include Adult Services

I was working at a library no bigger than a living room when I started Rock the Library. It housed mostly children and YA materials and a few paperbacks for the adults. Groups of kids would run in and out all day long. They would play man tracker in the park nearby or go swimming the adjacent pool. They’d cool off in the library while playing Just Dance or by lying on the beanbag chairs. That was the life as a Children’s Librarian.

As your career grows, your career interests do too. I am now entering in my 3rd contract in three years. A shift from children’s programming to library management.

Additional content will include:

  • Adult book reviews
  • Adult programming
  • Management articles
  • FitLibrary Challenge


There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

I’ve seen on Pinterest various props for “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly.” My favourite is the garbage can dressed up as an old lady, but if space and storage is an issue – then it’s not a practical prop to make. Here’s something I came across and did my own take on it. They used a Kleenex box, but we decided to use a baby wipe container instead for durability.

Cost of project: $2.80 + coloured printing

You can also use a recycled baby wipe container if you know of a parent or caregiver that uses them too!

I used Publisher to find clipart for the song and found the old lady template somewhere in cyber space! I’d love to track down who made it so that I can give them credit!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly


  1. Print the old lady template on cardstock for durability. Laminate if you have access. If not, just use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
  2. Print the animal template. Laminate if you have access. If not, use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
  3. Rip off flap for the baby wipe container. You may need to cut some of the inside silicone for a deeper mouth.
  4. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the old lady to the container.
  5. Optional: use construction paper to decorate the outside of the container.

When you’re performing, just throw the animal into the mouth of the old lady!

Lyrics to the Song

My coworkers and I were discussing the lyrics to “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” and consensus is that it’s a little grim to sing perhaps she’ll die. I’ve been in a storytime where the programmer has used that lyric, and I thought it wasn’t such a good idea. We decided that perhaps she’ll cry sounds much better!

Programmers, what do you use?

Back to School Bookmarks

Free Printable: Back to School Bookmarks

Anyone else tired on the first day of school? I am! Here’s something new I tried out this year to help with the lineups at the desk for back to school reading materials.

I inserted these bookmarks into my favourite books in YA and JUV fiction. Just ask the kids or parents to browse the recommended reads. Simple, but effective!

Click here for free PDF download for bookmarks