all the awards to her and the grandmother

Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black, country, curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.

Today I really felt like I made a difference as a librarian.

About eight months ago our library started checking out Kindles and nooks for kids. These devices are pre-loaded with all of the Rebecca Caudill and Bluestem award nominees for the year. They’ve been circulating very well and we’re super happy with them.

Today, a grandmother called because she needed to check out the same book for both of her granddaughters, but one of them can only see out of one eye. Reading is very difficult for her at times and she often needs to read large print books. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the book she was looking for in large print, but we did have Kindles available. Because you can adjust the font size on a Kindle our entire collection of Caudills and Bluestems is now accessible to patrons who need to read large print books. For some reason I’d never considered this before!

The grandma left super happy and I’m left feeling like I really made a difference today!


“The Trailblazer Award is for someone who breaks the mold, they said. And that’s absolutely Shailene. I remember right after Divergent came out it was like the biggest movie in the world. And Shailene was the biggest star in the world. And she took that as an opportunity to get rid of all of her possessions. She was literally, like, living out of her suitcase. She gave her grandmother her house. Got rid of her car. And that’s the kind of girl she is. It’s not about fame or fortune.I honestly can say I’ve never been in a room with somebody who emits more of a radiant, positive light. Shailene is an incredible force of nature. I’m sure when she gets up here, she’d like to give you all a heart hug, which is where you hug and your hearts touch. But she can’t, so she’ll just accept the award graciously. But, Shailene, I love you. I feel like I’ve written a bunch of speeches for you at this point. I’m always happy to do it, because you’re an incredible actress. And that’s really only matched by your integrity, and who you are as a person.” - Miles presenting Shailene at the MTV Movie Awards