My Librarian: Jessica Farrow
For many kids, getting a library card is a big deal, almost a rite of passage. I, on the other hand, don’t remember my first library card, largely because I was five months old when my mother signed me up for one. I do remember being the kid tottering up to the checkout desk with a stack of books almost as tall as I was. (This still happens on occasion, but now I have tote bags to haul everything in.) Since I’ve always alternated between being completely absorbed in a good book, movie, or TV show and actively trying to get everyone I know equally absorbed in them, my decision to pursue a career as a librarian shocked absolutely no one.
I have a BA in English from Christopher Newport University and am in my last semester of graduate work for my MLIS from Florida State University. After a brief stint interning for the Mariner’s Museum Library at CNU, I found my way to the CRRL in 2012, starting in Customer Service before settling happily in Youth Services. Although I always tell people I’ll read anything as long as it’s well-written, I gravitate toward fantasy and sci-fi, realistic fiction, folktales and fairy tales, classic literature, and most recently graphic novels and comic books. I believe in enjoying picture books at any age, audiobooks as the ultimate cure to “Are we there yet?”, seeing Shakespeare performed live, and reading the funniest bits of books out loud--even if you have to corner a family member to do so.
Sharks. Snakes. Piranhas. Wolves. What do all these have in common? They're bad guys. In fact, they're really bad guys. They are never, ever, ever good guys. But, what if they were tired of being bad guys? What if Mr. Wolf decided he'd like to try being a good guy...perhaps even a hero? That's the question in Aaron Blabey's The Bad Guys.
Five kids, one well, and no coincidences. At least that’s what Kaori Tanaka, self-proclaimed 12-year-old psychic, tells her clients: no coincidences.
Of course, right now, Kaori’s psychic business is limited to an assistant—her little sister Gen—and one client—Virgil Salinas. Virgil is shy, misunderstood by everyone in his boisterous family except his Filipina grandmother, and bullied by Chet Bullens. He also needs Kaori’s help in figuring out how to approach Valencia Somerset, whom he would desperately like to befriend. Valencia is deaf, loves nature, secretly wants a friend, and has just found Kaori’s flyer at the supermarket.
Rosie the Riveter is an icon, well-known for representing the scores of women who worked in munitions factories during World War II. Andrea Beaty gives a subtle nod to the original Rosie—and the powerful women she represents—in Rosie Revere, Engineer, her follow-up to Iggy Peck, Architect. Rosie Revere is a born engineer who loves creating intricate and unusual machines using parts she has salvaged from the trash. Her inventing has been a secret, though, ever since the day her Uncle Fred laughed at her snake repellant hat.