library districts

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! ☕️


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


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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Marian Anderson and unidentified woman
circa 1954
Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Today in 1939 Marian Anderson performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Originally she was to perform at Howard University. After realizing that the crowd would be too large, they turned to the Daughters of the American Revolution and requested that she sing at Constitution Hall. They declined, stating their racially segregated “white-only” performer policy. Seventy-five thousand people were in attendance for Anderson’s performance at the memorial.

Take a look at the National Archives Today’s Document tumblr for more about Anderson, including an audio clip of her performance and the letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to the Daughters of the American Revolution resigning in protest of their decision not to let Anderson perform at Constitution Hall.

Unfortunately, as is the case with many of Henderson’s photos, there is no further information associated with the images of Anderson and an unidentified woman.


Travel the world through print: Washington, D.C.

Sending good thoughts to Washington, DC as they continue to dig themselves out of the massive snowfall from this past weekend!

Moore, Joseph West, Picturesque Washington: pen and pencil sketches of its scenery, history, traditions, public and social life, with graphic descriptions of the Capitol and Congress, the White House, and the government departments …, Providence: J.A. & R. A. Reid, 1887.

Explore more from the “Travel the world through print” series.