Here's what I've been surfing this week:
The 2013 Comment Challenge has started! To bolster our sense of a book blogging community and strengthen our relationships as follow book-lovers, Pam of Mother Reader and Lee of I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? are challenging us to comment on five book blogs a day for the next 21 days. It's great fun, so please click through for more info! (Commenting on this post can get you off to a good start!)
Um, so last week CareerCast listed "librarian" as one of the ten least-stressful jobs of 2013. Rita of Screwy Decimal has one rebuttal and Ingrid of The Magpie Librarian has another. I really thought that was enough said, but then Annoyed Librarian did the thing that Annoyed Librarian does and Ingrid wrote a kick-butt post in response (as did Rita). And all this back and forth is kinda stressing me out, so on to the next...
If you're on the hunt for a library job, do check out the article Common Misconceptions About Library Job Search on Library Hat. There's some great advice there. Thanks to @wawoodworth for the link.
Do you have resources to help new and expectant parents in your community? Anne of so tomorrow has posted a great compilation of pregnancy and parenting resources for librarians. This would be some great stuff to add to your website or create a flier to give out.
At Nerdy Book Club, Alyson Beecher posted about ten awesome picture book biographies. I love, love, love picture book biographies, so this is a list not to be missed! (I might have to come up with a list of my own favorite picture book biographies soon.)
Andrea of rovingfiddlehead kidlit posted this super cute food chain prop that would be great for a preschool or early elementary science program. One of these days we're going to add Preschool Science to our mix of programs, so that's definitely a link I'm keeping on file. Great idea!
Speaking of science, Sarah at The Reading Zone has Jen Bryant talking about the STEM research behind her own writing. Definitely worth a read.
Have a great weekend!