library districts


(via Cozy Library, Townend, Lake District | by Bob Radlinski | Flickr)

This was the cutest little book shop that I visited when staying at my grandads this weekend! It had a tiny cafe attached with second hand books to read whilst you enjoy your coffee! ☕️


HUZZAH! It is National Library Week, bookworms and library cats!! 

And that means it is the perfect time of year to show some love to your local (and not local) Libraries, both in person and online. So, just as we took time to make a special post on Follow a Library Day last year, we’ve created ANOTHER master post to honor all the libraries we know so far on tumblr so that you can #followalibrary!! 

Check out their tumblrs below and show them some love, bookworms!
(Alphabetical by url)

@alachualibrary (The Alachua County Library District)

@alt-library (By Sacramento Public Library)

@aplibrary (Abilene Public Library)

@austinpubliclibrary (Austin Public Library)

@badgerslrc (The Klamath Community College’s Learning Research Center)

@bflteens (Baker Free Library’s Tumblr For Teens)

@bibliosanvalentino (Biblioteca San Valentino [San Valentino Library])

@biodivlibrary (Biodiversity Heritage Library)

@bodleianlibs (Bodleian Libraries)

@boonelibrary (Boone County Public Library)

@brkteenlib (Brookline Public Library Teen Services Department)

@californiastatelibrary (California State Library)

@cheshirelibrary (Cheshire Public Library)

@cityoflondonlibraries (City of London Libraries)

@cmclibraryteen (Cape May County Library’s Teen Services)

@cobblibrary (Cobb County Public Library System)

@cpl-archives (Cleveland Public Library Archives)

@cplsteens (Clearwater Public Library Teens)

@darienlibrary (Darien Library)

@dcpubliclibrary (DC Public Library)

@decaturpubliclibrary (Decatur Public Library)

@delawarelibrary (Delaware County District Library)

@detroitlib (Detroit Public Library Music, Arts & Literature Department)

@douglaslibraryteens (Douglas Library For Teens)

@dplteens (Danville Public Library Teens)

@escondidolibrary (Escondido Public Library)

@fontanalib (Fontana Regional Library)

@fppld-teens (Franklin Park Library Teens)

@friscolibrary (Frisco Public Library)

@gastonlibrary (Gaston County Public Library)

@glendaleteenlibrary (Glendale Public Library Teens)

@hpldreads (Havana Public Library District)

@hpl-teens (Homewood Public Library For Teens)

@kingsbridgelibraryteens (Kingsbridge Library Teens Advisory Group)

@lanelibteens (Lane Memorial Library Teen Services)

@lawrencepubliclibrary (Lawrence Public Library)

@marioncolibraries (Marion County Public Library System)

@mrcplteens (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Teen Zone)

@myrichlandlibrary (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library)

@necclibrary (Northern Essex Community College Libraries)

@novipubliclibrary (Novi Public Library)

@nplteens (Nashua Public Library Teens)

@orangecountylibrarysystem (Orange County Library System)

@othmeralia  (Othmer Library of Chemical History)

@petit-branch-library (Petit Branch Library)

@pflibteens (Pflugerville Public Library Teenspace)

@plainfieldlibrary (Plainfield Public Library District)

@royhartlibrary (RoyHart Community Library)

@safetyharborpubliclibrary (Safety Harbor Library Teen Zone)

@santamonicalibr (Santa Monica Public Library)

@schlowlibrary (Schlow Centre Region Library)

@smithsonianlibraries (Museum Library System)

@smlibrary (Sheppard Memorial Library)

@southeastlibrary (Southeast Branch Library)

@tampabaylibraryconsortium-blog (Tampa Bay Library Consortium)

@teenbookerie (Erie County Public Library For Teens)

@teencenterspl (The Smith Public Library Teen Center)

@teensfvrl (Fraser Valley Regional Library)

@teen-stuff-at-the-library (White Oak Library District)

@therealpasadenapubliclibrary (Pasadena Public Library)

@ucflibrary (University of Central Florida Library)

@uwmspeccoll (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries Special Collections)

@vculibraries (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)

@waynecountyteenzone (Wayne County Public Library’s Teen Space)

@wellingtoncitylibraries (Wellington City Libraries)

@widenerlibrary (Harvard’s Widener Library)

Whew! There’s a LOT of you. :) But we now this list is just getting started! Feel free to keep the library love going by adding any libraries we missed/don’t know of yet! (And if you’re not following US already, well, what better time to start than this week? ;) Eh? Eh?) And, of course, never hesitate to visit your Library in person. We love seeing you! :) 

Happy National Library Week, library cats!


Last night I presented to the Romeoville Art Society and White Oak Library guests on my illustration process and how I go about creating children’s books. 

The meeting schedule was from 6-7:30pm and presenters usually get 30 minutes.  Before the meeting began the organizer asked if I thought I had enough material to go longer - as they only had a few minor things to cover after I was done. 

Now a few years ago - I would have been in a panic for days leading up to giving a presentation to a group like this in my former career.  I was unhappy and felt like I was in over my head - and it made me want to shut down most of the time.

But now, I am in my element and getting to share about my process doing something I love.

So between my presentation, the few minor things they had to cover and then follow up questions and discussions.  I went from 6pm to cleaning up my stuff and getting out of the library as they were closing at 8:30.  It was AWESOME!

I had a full presentation ready, demo’s in Photoshop ready, examples of layouts in inDesign ready and even some stuff in Illustrator ready.  So I could jump from the presentation to those other apps to give a glimpse into what I do and how I do it.

I had a drawing challenge I passed out to everyone in the audience that they really enjoyed and was how I ended my formal presentation.  And then like I said some really good questions from the audience, and some side discussions when it was all done and I just felt “ALIVE”.  That is the best way I can describe it!

Also the children’s librarian was not able to attend herself but she had them give me her contact info so I can follow up with her about doing another event for the Library - so new opportunities are coming out of this as well!

What a great night.

Birthday Surprise - Gladio Amicitia x Fem!Reader

Whew, here it is - first time Gladio smut. This was actually a little hard for me to get out but I am so in love with the ending. Not quite as long as the Prompto fic but still something. (I just can’t write short stories :) ) I hope y’all like romantic Gladdy as much as I do. *Swoons at the thought of him quoting Shakespeare* tagging @cupnoodle-queen because Gladio.

Up next, some OC and Prompto love 

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SCRTD - Halloween at Victoria St. School RTD_1806_05 by Metro Library and Archive
Via Flickr:
SCRTD - Halloween at Victoria St. School. 10/31/1986.

Advice for high school

As a high school senior now, I’ve had ups and downs and learned quite a lot from my experiences. Thought I’d share a bit of what I learned:

- Find an extracurricular that you enjoy. you’ll meet new people, explore new communities, and network. Also, it will help you manage your time better. You’ll have less time for homework, forcing you to learn and finish it quickly and efficiently. doesn’t sound fun I know, but you’ll feel great after finishing everything ;) 

- Take advantage of your district/school’s library. If your school or district has a decent library that you wouldn’t mind spending some time in, use it! Especially if you’ve got some time to spare between activities. Lots of libraries have some great online resources, study rooms, air conditioning during summer, and ofc, TONS of books to use! 

- It’s okay to change. Your perspective on things (esp controversial things) will change. and that’s fine. Your taste in clothing, your hobbies, your after school stuff, and friends will change. At 16 years I thought I was done maturing, and I had the personality I would have for the rest of my life. But I changed SO MUCH between turning 16 and 17. Expect change in a lot of places.

- Drink water and eat. water’s nice bc it prevents headaches, helps your skin stay clear, and remains as a great refresher if you’re feeling sleepy. Always keep yourself well fed, it gives your brain energy to think!

- Be nice to your teachers, heck make friends with them. That is, if your teachers are nice as well. no need to attempt to make friends with an ass. but having teachers as friends will make it easier to ask questions (esp if they sound dumb in your head), and it will be so convenient for college. Reccomendations. U don’t wanna end up with no one to ask for a good rec.

- Pick your friends carefully. It’s really going to come in handy later, then you don’t have to cut out toxic friends later in high school. It’s way easier to stop talking to someone the first couple months you meet then after 3 years of being friends. And it’s okay to not have many friends – remember quality over quantity. 

- Go to school events. At least once. Especially if it’s senior year. Go to homecoming, prom, tolo, football and basketball games. If your friends play sports, go watch them compete at least once ( if they’re ok with it).

- But also enjoy staying home from one. Some of the best days I’ve had is staying home from prom with a group of friends and doing a sleepover. 

- Take pictures of slides or notes in class that you’ll need later, and take pictures of friends. You only go to high school once.

- Try not to procrastinate, though it’s hard not to. You’ll reduce the amount of stress that comes with cramming, and it will teach you good habits for the future (bc in college cramming does not work)

- Try to start preparing for your SAT/ACT early. If you plan to attend college, starting to practice for these tests early will help SO much. trust me buddy. it’s not fun to take a bunch of tests last minute before college apps close to scramble for a decent score. I would recommend to start prepping sophomore year if you’re shooting for a really high score

- Shoot high. you’re capable of waaaaaay more than you think. Push your boundaries with challenging classes and work hard. yes, you will suffer, but you will also grow so much!

I hope this helps!
Bi-partisan bill would support library wi-fi - District Dispatch
The AIRWAVES Act will help ensure an adequate supply of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, which in turn will enhance wireless services.

“This week, Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Maggie Hassan introduced the AIRWAVES Act. The legislation would encourage a more efficient use of spectrum, the airwaves over which signals and data travel, while helping to close the urban-rural digital gap.”


SCRTD - Malibu area RTD_1352_19 by Metro Library and Archive
Via Flickr:
SCRTD - Malibu area. 5/19/1984.
Tell ED to make libraries grant-eligible - District Dispatch
The DOE has asked for public comment on their recently released grant programs, which is a chance for libraries to have a voice at the national level.

Encouraging the ED to include additional references to libraries sends a signal to ED agencies and grant-making entities that libraries are fully engaged in meeting the needs of all learners – and that our nation’s libraries have a voice at the highest levels of decision-making. 

For instructions to submit comments on your own, visit the Action Center!

A miner identified as Fred Bishopp stands on the railroad tracks in front of the Clear Creek Mine and Mill in Clear Creek County, Colorado.