Skip to main content

My first year of Summer Reading & June Book Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Heading into June, and summer reading, I didn't know what to expect. In my mind I pictured massive crowds packing themselves into our tiny program rooms and abandoned shelves without books resting upon them. I have been both correct and incorrect in this exuberant assumptions. Here in Indiana we have had a very wet summer. I can barely recall a time where it has not rained for more than a day and a half. This has brought a fair amount of people to our summer programs, mostly during the Tuesday - Thursday stretch. Wednesday and Thursday are our busiest times where I believe parents have had it with kids having to be inside due to rain. I've really enjoyed seeing a lot of people pass through our doors and enjoy our regular programs as well as the special summer reading programs we have this year!

As for those empty shelves, well not so empty. While we do have lower numbers on the shelves it seems to me that our highest circulating items are also the most popular, (Dork Diaries, Smile, BigNate, etc.) which I have felt bad almost every time a child asks for a certain item that I know is checked out. Because of this I have been practicing a lot of reader's advisory. A child the other day gave me easy parameters and I got him to check out some Choose Your Own Adventure books!

I can hardly believe that we are almost to the end of summer reading and that we already have a full line up of programs for Fall! A co-worker and I were just chatting about our annual Halloween program, soon it will be Christmas, then 2016! As a former school work procrastinator it is still amazing me the schedule we stick to, but I am now well versed in the fine art of planning ahead.

June Book Review:
(And yes, I know it's July)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Image result for rain reign

Synopsis from

"Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners."

I really enjoyed this book, most of the "bad" reviews hinge on the fact that the readers got annoyed with all the homonyms in parentheses. I believe it added to the writing and really put the reader inside the mind of the character who has Asperger's. If you have ever watched Parenthood there is young male character who also has Asperger'sand is similar to this character in the fact that they both get upset when the "rules" aren't followed or their routines are messed up. Rose shows amazing progression throughout this novel and I was rooting for her the entire time. I also loved this story because I am a dog person through and through. My heart ached when Rain ran away and I almost cried at Rose's actions the conclusion of the story, (you'll have to read to see why). I absolutely love that Ann  Martin has written a character that is on the autism spectrum, as a society we are becoming more aware of autism and Asperger's and to read a book that puts you inside the head of a child with Asperger's gives you a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those with it. Overall this was a brilliantly written book that will tug on your heart strings (in a good way) and have you rooting for Rose from page 1. 


Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

This is my second Young Hoosier Book Award nominee review. I have picked a  few from the Intermediate and Middle Grade lists to read. This book is about twelve year old Sarah, who among other things she is doing in this novel is also writing letters to her literary hero, Atticus Finch. I find this to be especially interesting to read AFTER I just finished Go Set A Watchman. Although I'm sure Karen Harrington had no idea that GSAW existed or was going to be published during her work on this book I would love to know her thoughts on Lee's "new" novel and how it relates to her character Sarah in Sure Signs of Crazy. Like Sarah, and many of us I'm sure Ms. Harrington was probably also a big fan of Atticus in To Kill a MockingBird. 

Moving on...

I Survived At the Library

This was our second attempt at this program. I originally found this idea over at the and tried it our back in February of this year. The only problem? Nobody showed up. The winter months have historically been hard for us to get school-agers in the door for programs.
 My co-worker decided to redo the program this month. I did not know if I would be here to help or not because we are on baby watch, but fortunately I was able to see the program actually happen! We had 30 people show up and even though it was self-directed, most stayed the entire hour!
This program was setup as stations and kids and parents could to go to as many or as few as they wanted, whatever really piqued their interest. Each station was themed around one of the books from the I Survived series and we pulled related titles to have available for check out.
Station One:
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.

Kids had to build ships out of aluminum foil then add marbles to see how "uns…

Preschool Prom 2018 - Under the Sea

Every year I hold a Preschool Prom. It's a chance for the kids to dress up and have a fun night with the family at the library.
This year we went all out. Our theme was "Under the Sea." Thank GOODNESS for Pinterest, or I would not of had as many cool decorating ideas.
Also, Princess Ariel was there! She read to the kids, took pictures, and joined in the dancing.

I used a LOT of plastic tablecloths in our decor. I stuck some blue tablecloths in our ceiling tiles, placing them over lights to create waves. 
I then cut out paper turtles, and used die-cut fish to create the feeling that you were looking up from the ocean floor. We also made a backdrop and reading "stage" for our guest reader, Ariel. 

My favorite thing that I made were these jellyfish. I used paper lanterns, pink tablecloths and hot glue. 

Along the back wall we had our craft tables. We did a simple craft. Using cupcake liners, we had the kids create fish and an underwater scene. 

After crafts and a…