A fare-well present made by Lonna. A zine that talks about all her favorite events and teens, plus the amazing staff she has come to know and love while working at Oconee County Library.
I only made two of these. One for the library to keep in their zine section and one for me. It’s like a best friend heart necklace where as long as we both have our zines- me and the library will be friends forever <3
The YER HEART show was amazing!
Some of our teens said it was their favorite concert yet! I asked Colby, the singer, how he felt about playing a show for teens. He said, “It was hard! But also probably one of the coolest shows I’ve ever done.”
He did SO great with helping them come out of their shell and not be so awkward. He did things like tell them the wall is lava and that touching the lava would result in a loss of points, and possibly death. He also had them do specific dance moves and create various different formations. After the concert, all the kids were SO happy and bouncey. And we gave out door-prizes to two teens. They won a band t-shirt featuring Bill Murray as David Bowie.
Check out the band HERE!
Pictures and description from the Yer Heart show last week. Colby was seriously SO SO SO good with the kids. I wish he could replace me as YA coordinator here in Athens! <3
This is my resignation letter to my boss, who I adore. She already knew it was coming because we had talked a while back about timing and good start dates for the new person taking my place. But when she read it, she almost started crying and gave me a huge hug. It is a really bitter sweet day for me because I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job so much but i’m also excited about having a few months to have supreme baby time and recharge my batteries before I finish graduate school, and start a ft position.
But truly you guys, it hurts. No other job I ever have will even come close to the magic at this library!
We just ordered MOOMIN: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip- Book One! And we are SO excited!!! It is a Swedish comic about a family of trolls. Exert from Amazon:
Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world’s largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly’s publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.
^Oconee teen books are where its at
Future fashion blogger alert! This girl is one of my favorites from Anime club. She started coming about 6 months ago and has been to most of the meetings ever since. She used to hardly talk at all, dressed really frumpy in clothes that were way too big for her and never wore makeup or accessories. She would always compliment me on the way I dress which is funny since I always complain about my lack of personal style and always feel guilty for basically just stealing things I think might work for my body from all my friends. And also rookie. Speaking of which, I told her about Rookie and she said she looked it up and loved her and asked for the Rookie yearbook for Christmas from her parents. She is just adorable and you can’t really tell in this picture but her hair is dark red, red, pink, orange, yellow and blonde all mixed together. It kind of all looks orange in this picture. It made me feel really happy that I inspired this girl enough that she was able to come out of her shell, start experimenting with new styles and types of friends and now seems genuinely more at ease and relaxed with herself. I am just so happy that I met her at all! SHE inspires ME!
Does anyone located in Athens who I haven’t already contacted have any interest in reading some zines for the library?
I am starting a zine collection but the most time consuming part (which is really difficult to do on the clock bc of patrons) is reading the zines for content. So, we need volunteers who are interested in having zines in the community! You can pick the zines you want to read. I have a bunch of political-ish zines, tons of music zines, art zines and more.
I want alllllll of these
Today I (Lonna) took one of my favorite teen library goers into Athens for FLUKE (a comic and zine festival) at the 40Watt Club. We had a great time! Then we decided to walk around downtown and ran into the LGBT Equal Rights March. We marched with them to the rally point at the arch.
When we arrived, the lady in charge handed him the megaphone and asked him to “keep the chants going” and so he did, like a pro! Then later we heard many speakers such as THE MAYOR Nancy Denson and Annette (don’t know her last name) who helped build the LGBT community at the University of Georgia… Most of them were very inspiring.
After they were all finished and the rally was starting to end, Thomas jumps up out of nowhere and starts telling everyone about how he is a High School student who has suffered from bullying, and discrimination from both fellow students and teachers based on his sexuality, skin color and the way he dresses.
The lady gave him the microphone mid-speech so everyone could hear. I would have been so nervous to talk following all the other speakers but Thomas was so brave and well-spoken. He told a story about how he tried to start a LGBT group at his HS (OHS in Watkinsville, GA) with several teachers willing to give the organization support and time… but the principal shot him down. No reason given. And other more personal stories as well. It was so sad but also uplifting to hear Thomas speak so eloquently about such tough subject matter. Afterwards, everyone swarmed him so that they could tell him “thank you” and “you just gotta push through it” and “im so happy you spoke”, etc. It was wonderful.
Libraries across the nation are openly supporting people of all types and the Oconee County Library is one of them. I’m so happy to work for a library that encourages people like Thomas to grow in a place where he feels safe.
We love you, Thomas!!!!!! <3
A video project created for Lonna’s Grad. school class about Community Engagement featuring interviews with staff about hosting live music in libraries.
A video I made for a school project… featuring music by Werewolves (they played last December) and Mouser (they are playing in May). It is choppy and crappy but overall is pretty interesting if you care about libraries, music or both.