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Let’s talk gardening grants…

Yes, that’s a real thing.  You can write a grant that helps you cover the expenses of a garden at your library!  WOW!  Okay, we’re running out of time…so let’s get crackin’ on those applications…

Here are two coming up soon (found through – a fantastic website!)

March 1 – 2012 Mantis Award (to receive a Mantis tiller/cultivator)

April 1 – 2012 Midwest Garden Grant (for those living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)

Regional/Local Grants

This is the time when grant applications are about to be due.  I found an astonishing amount of regional and local gardening and food education grants across the country.  Try search terms like your city/region/state name and ‘gardening grants 2012’.

Many local branches of Master Gardeners offer local grants!  Reach out to your local group if you don’t already have a working relationship with them!


It’s not easy being fashion forward, but some geek had to do it.

I really don’t know what my post title has to do with this post, but I like it.

So this week two articles have popped up on the interwebs – specifically the MSN homepage – that make books and reading seem fashionable and make 1950s-esque “librarian clothes” look in.  (You know they couldn’t have written a story about modern librarians and how we dress…our cloth book bags are functional but not haute couture, kids.)

Today, MSN was announcing that “Fall Fashion Has Gone Librarian-Chic”…I’ll let you be the judge.

Earlier in the week MSN asked fashion models what their were reading between their jaunts on the catwalk. 


The economy and teen services, plus, Chicago food…yum

First off, I’m working on an article for YALS about teen services and the economy.  If you’re a teen or tween services librarian and would like to put YOUR two cents in, please leave a comment!  How has the economy been affecting your library services?  Are more teens coming in?  What are they coming in for?  Media?  Books?  To use the computers? To ask for work or chances to volunteer?

Now in other notes, it’s pretty clear that I haven’t blogged recently.  Let me tell you a little something – going to conference is a tough thing if you’re a librarian.  But if you’re a librarian who works as a vendor – wow – there’s a lot to do.  Massive amounts of documents, displays, prizes, and other materials have to be arranged, shipped, printed, received, noted, counted…well, you get the idea.  When I was a librarian I used to walk past the vendor thinking they had it so easy, they just had to stand there!  Oh what a haughty fool I was!

So what am I going to do in Chicago to give myself a pat on the back for all of my hard preparation?  Why eat, of course!  Here are my recommendations in Chicago –

  • Rosebud on Rush – great Italian food – white table clothes, great wait staff – go in nice clothes, but I’ve seen folks there in jeans.
  • The restaurant at the Palmer House – I have no idea what it’s called.  And I’m too lazy to look it up right now.  Bu they have lemon breakfast pancakes that are to die for.  When I was 12 my grandfather took me there and I wasted an entire order of pancakes because I insisted I wasn’t hungry.  Looking back, I am appalled at my 12 year old self for passing up the lemony, powder sugary goodness of those fantastic pancakes.  I’ve made up for it during every visit to Chi-town since.
  • A coney island.  Any coney island.  I want a chili dog with onions and mustard and a side of fries.
  • Beer and brats at Wrigley Field.  I don’t know if I’ll have time to catch a game, but something about that combo is ever better at a ball game.

Well, happy eating and conferencing.