The Father Christmas Letters by JRR Tolkien

Title: The Father Christmas Letters
Author: JRR Tolkien
Genre: Children’s Book
Length:  111 pages
Rating Out of 5: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Children all across the world write letters to Santa every December. But how many kids get letters back? If you happen to be the children of beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien, you receive a letter every year from Father Christmas himself.

Father Christmas writes to the Tolkien children throughout the 1920’s and 30’s, telling them tales of the bumbling North Polar Bear, the logistics of traveling all around the world in just one night, and the ever present threat of goblin attack. Each letter is accompanied by wonderful illustrations of the adventures (and sometimes misadventures) of Father Christmas and his helpers.

Opinion:The Father Christmas Letters is a must-read for Tolkien lovers and anyone else who loves a good adventure!

Gifts for Librarians

Wondering what to get that special librarian in your life? Here are a few suggestions for you!

1. Every librarian needs a lovely teapot! And this Target teapot is both adorable and affordable!

2. These lovely earrings are made by Irma of Etsy’s IVCreations. The script is from an 18th Century French document.

3. WOWZA! All librarians are plagued with an overabundance of books and an extreme sense of nostalgia. World Market’s Library Shelves are pretty expensive, but also a librarian’s dream come true.

4. Mr. Rabbit looks quite dashing in this print on book pages or music. Check out Encore Prints for more characters, colors, and options!

5. This adorable 5-Drawer table looks like a blast from the past and would fit adorably in a librarian’s home or office. Once again, it is a World Market creation!

6. Last, but certainly not least, is this adorable kitty sweater by ModCloth. The perfect gift to wear to all those holiday shindigs!

Christmas 2011

Well, I’m working on a few crafty projects this December. I’ll try to post some pictures after Christmas.

I did have a frustrating day quilting. I took a class back in July to make a divide and conquer quilt. Between school and house showings, I hadn’t had a lot of time to work on it. Well I decided to surprise my husband for Christmas by finishing it. The problem is, my sewing machine is a fairly basic small model, and I can’t adjust stitches. This has caused lots of problems with sewing the squares together. I spent the last week and a half hurrying my mister out of the house so I could work on my project, but today I finally got to the very last steps and sewing machine failed me. Luckily my grandmother sews, and I’ll be able to lug all my stuff upstate to finish the quilt off one day. But what to get my hubby….

For the non-quilters, here’s what a conquer and divide quilt looks like:

Conquer and Divide Quilt

Other than that minor setback, I’m very excited for Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday by far. I love getting to see my family, gifts, cooking with my grandmothers, and all the lovely decorations. I also have a new obsession with gingerbread men this year, and when else could I get those?!

I hope everyone has a lovely December! And eat a gingerbread man for me!

Gingerbread Man

Librarian Frenzy!

Yesterday I turned in my last essay of the semester, so the librarian frenzy has officially begun! I’m working on all the Christmas crafts I’ve previously neglected. As well as cleaning/reorganizing my whole house. Riveting stuff I know!

I finished up the semester with an A (I’m fairly certain), and I survived a class that was basically all presentations. Yet, my stage fright has not been conquered. :o/

Next semester I’m taking two classes: Administration/Management and Book as an Artifact. I’m pretty excited about the Book as an Artifact class because it’s my first true elective of graduate school. The management course is kind of out of necessity. My school doesn’t really offer an array of electives, and definitely not consistently. I had really planned on taking archives, cataloging, special libraries, or something of the sort. But none were offered. Hopefully the management class will be worthwhile though. I haven’t had a job where I was officially managing anyone, so I hope to learn a lot and feel confident if my first position involves administration.

Now that the semester is over, I’m planning on returning to my volunteer position at the museum. I was even asked to train the new interns on Wikipedia next month, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m going to start this week on revising the manual I wrote, and figuring out what exactly I’m going to say during the training session.

Graduation is drawing near, and although I haven’t officially started looking for a job yet, I did go to a job fair last Thursday. It was for a government library specialist position. I ordered my very first business cards for the event! It went fairly well I believe. But they won’t actually be hiring until later in 2012, so who knows! In a few months I plan on putting some serious effort into job searching and applying. Wish me luck!

Other than all that craziness, I’m ready for Christmas!