Sustainable Tuesday; Library Advantages Part 2

A couple of things first. My backspace key isn’t working so…  I hope I don’t just give up on making this readable. Also, the name of this post is a little odd, it doesn’t really fit what this post will be. This will be a book post.

So last Monday/Tuesday I read Bringing Books To The Ozarks A Branson Adventure by Kathleen Van Buskirk

It was amazing. A hundred or so years ago a study club in Branson Missouri decided that learning about the rest of the world would be easier if they had a library. So everyone agrees to donate their books. And then they have to find a space for these books. It is a constant battle for the club to keep finding space for the books. Then they just buy land and become a business. (Not that they weren’t doing business before this, but…)

The history in this book. It’s rare. I guess I’ve just never read a book about fundraising in the past before. I got a great fundraising idea or two. Jitney Pizzas anyone?

Also, I really enjoyed hearing about how the library grew and changed with the times. At one point they had 500,000 books checked out in a year. They added a computer portion in the early nineties. They rented out the recent bestsellers. They fixed books for fifty years because they couldn’t spare money to replace the old ones.

I just felt like book lovers should be inspired by this book. If you have books you should donate them to the library. Volunteer your time. Give your money. This means your library will be bigger and better.

Sustainable Tuesday: Library Advantages Part 1

Yes this is going to be a two-parter as today I’ll talk about how to help your library by taking advantage of it, and then next week I’ll talk about the book I’ve been reading since yesterday.

Good Action 1

Visit your library. No matter what your reason is the librarians will appreciate your visit.

Good Action 2

Donate to your library. Money, books, magazines, etc.

Good Action 3

Borrow books and movies from your library. It reassures the library that such things are being enjoyed.

Good Action 4

Use the interlibrary loan system. Find something you want to read that the library doesn’t have? Ask for it through the interlibrary loan system. It may take a couple months for new releases to get to the shelves, but they will appear.

Good Action 5

Ask if you can volunteer at the library. Some libraries don’t have anything for you to do, but others will be super excited.

Good Action 6

Use your library’s Libby/Overdrive/e-books. If you’ve asked and the librarians know nothing about it ask at other local libraries. If you’ve noticed that your library doesn’t appear in Libby, then try your library card number at all of the other local Libby libraries. I personally access Libby from a library name that I’ve never actually been to.

That’s all for now.

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A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.

Protecting The Poor Review

It is ending.

Amanda Tero has spent the last three months celebrating the fact that she finished a trilogy and now the final book is out.

I’ve agreed to give a review of the final books so here it is.

Protecting the Poor

The Characters

Were all cool. I think my favorite was Noel. He inspired his older brother to do what is right and found the courage to step out and save the day.

The Lack of Romance

It didn’t have any, need I say more. I don’t like romance.

The Ending

From the time Noel leaves Abtshire to the epilogue the ending was action packed.

The Villains

They were smart like villains of that type rarely tend to be.

The Rating

***** Five Stars *****

About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Sorry to anyone who came by earlier wanting to see the post, but I’ve been super busy lately and the post didn’t get as polished as I would like it until now.

The Divided Nation: A Review Of Sorts

Today I’m doing a blog tour for The Divided Nation and I signed on to do a review. It’s a super interesting Indie Book by my friend Angela Watts

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

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** Spoilers**

Laura went out picking flowers and on her way back she decided to check the mail.

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To literally no ones surprise there was a letter. Taking the letter she ran back to the house so Pa could read the letter.

The letter read

“Greetings all, Today I want you to review a book. It has torture in it so you may not want to read it with the girls. Others will be there too. E.

Pa: Ma what do should the girls do instead?

Ma: Why don’t you two take Carrie and go the Mount Inspiration.WP_20151231_005

Pa and Ma went to where they saw some other people.

Adonijah: Hi I’m Adonijah

Kit: I’m Kit, Linda should be here soon. WP_20151231_006

Look here’s a note it says “This is a laptop computer. You can use the buttons to make it do things. Some other time you can explore it, but today I have it all set up. E.”

Pa: Let’s get started with the review.

Page, Page, Page. That’s getting old let’s skip it.

Adonijah: Look. It has a character list. I love character lists. WP_20151231_011

Ma: Oh, my this takes place in the distant future.

Kit: I’m glad it does. It sounds miserable. * WP_20151231_014

Pa: Five hours is a good days journey. WP_20151231_017

Adonijah: Oh, my that sounds horrible. I couldn’t do that. WP_20151231_024

Linda: Oh, She helped a mother give birth. I want to learn how to do that, but I don’t think I could yet. WP_20151231_028

All: We’re glad that they found something to celebrate after all this. We give it four out of five stars.WP_20151231_042

 

The Divided Nation (3)

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

Go up to the top and click the link to go to her blog. Then search around there.

Sorry Angela that it took me so long to get this up. The internet had been slow most of the week and this was a picture heavy post. It isn’t really a normal review, but honestly my thoughts on The Divided Nation were super scattered and…

Mary, Laura, and Carrie were in awe of the mountain of fabric and books.

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