Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.


Check out the book before it hits theaters!

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz, release date August 22, 2014)
The Maze Runner, by James Dasher (movie starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O'Brien, release date September 19, 2014)
The Giver, by Lois Lowry (movie starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites, release date August 15, 2014)
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elglort, release date June 6, 2014)

My library is hiring!!

come work with me!! Our youth services department is hiring a Youth Services Outreach Assistant. This is a really awesome job if you’re in library school, because it has a lot of responsibility, is SUPER close to Dominican, and is just an all-around stellar place to work, AND it’s part time so you’ll have plenty of time for school.

Plus, you can be friends with MEEEE! (i work in adult services, but I’m stealing YA books from YS all the time.) 

Come work with me!! Let me know if you have more questions :)

Check it out here!

When I Have Fears by John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;–then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

So slow at work now

Yeah so its very slow at work and I’m like done now shelving up my books and stamping my cards for tommorow. But there’s this little girl keeps following me around while I shelve up my books. Maybe its the hair…I think lol. But yeah will put on Final Fantasy XIII soon and play it.

School is Back in Session!

You know what that means.

Finish up that Summer Reading

Get your Hair in Check

Go Back to School Shopping

Say Goodbye to Summer

And don’t worry, we know that when you’re standing around looking like this:

And this:

You’re really feeling like this:

And your librarians are feeling like this:

and this,

Have a great first week back!!!

Halloween at work!!!!

Yes I did go as Naruto from Shippuden at work and yes I did work the whole shift as him tonight while Shevling up books LOL.

Then me and my Boss who is the cat on the left side of me and my other co workers as Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog and our other co worker Mindy we all got a picture together for being the only staff members to dress up.

Then my boss asked me to do a Naruto Pose and hey I’m good at doing poses of Naruto. XD.

Well thats about it now and since I’m done watching yesterday episodes of Gokaiger and Fourze it is now time for me to finish up packing for Youmacon and get my laundry together.

Power by Adrienne Rich

For the fourth year in a row, the library is sharing a poem a day for every day in National Poetry Month. Today’s is:

Power by Adrienne Rich

Living in the earth-deposits of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth

one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old

cure for fever or melancholy a tonic

for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:

she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness

her body bombarded for years by the element

she had purified

It seems she denied to the end

the source of the cataracts on her eyes

the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends

till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

She died a famous woman denying

her wounds


her wounds came from the same source as her power.


HEY! Is Ben in? I need to talk to Ben about something. No, that’s okay, I’ll just come back when Ben’s in.

Anyone who is a regular at the Forest Park Public Library knows Ben- the “Big Cheese” of the Reference Department. He orders those rad CDs you get from the library, runs a super popular non-fiction book club, and can track down just about anything. But what’s Ben actually like? Funny, a little silly, and smart!

What’s your name? Got a nickname? Who were you in a past life?
Benjamin- most people call me Ben. I think one life is about all I can handle!

How long have you been working at the Forest Park Public Library?

Four years.

What book do you think everyone should halt their lives to just read already?

Reading should be a part of your life, not an obstacle to living it! But I’d recommend Jane Eyre to anyone.

Tell us about yourself using no more than three adjectives.

I can’t!

If you had to exist as a character in a book, who would you be?

One of the Hardy Boys- or maybe Encyclopedia Brown.

You’re stranded on a desert island where only three foods grow. What are they?

Barley and hops? Seriously though, corn, beans, and squash. Why mess with tradition?

Draw a map of your desk:

Inbox- full. Telephone- ringing? PC- flying toasters screensaver. Here there be dragons.