Wednesday, November 25, 2015

‘Camp Midnight’ by Steven T. Seagle

Cover image for 'Camp Midnight' by Steven T. Seagle. A girl cowers in her bed, surrounded on all sides by leering, fanged monsters with reaching clawed hands
Within minutes after Skye’s mother leaves her with her father and step-mother for the summer, the adults spring their plans for Skye — they’re sending her to camp.

Only problem (from the adults’ perspective, that is), they don’t remember the name of the camp but they think the name started with “M.” On the basis of that hastily-remembered detail, Skye finds herself on a bus bound for “Camp Midnight.”

From its eerie first impression and the official beginning-of-camp, Skye quickly discovers that Camp Midnight is like no other summer camp.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Oregon Blue Book in Bellview library

Oregon Blue Book almanac and fact book for 2015-2016, standing upright in a wire stand on a library counter
New in Reference, for use in Bellview library, the Oregon Blue Book almanac and fact book is a great official source for looking up information about Oregon economy and government.

The Oregon Blue Book has been published regularly for more than 100 years, according to an introduction by Kate Brown, secretary of state at the time of publication (sworn in as Oregon’s governor after the Blue Book went to press).

The 2015-2016 edition was donated to Bellview library compliments of the Oregon Secretary of State. Its web version can be visited at​.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The librarian’s ‘customer service’ hat

Head and shoulders shot of Cynthia M. Parkhill wearing a brown-and-green paneled 'newsboy' cap
What would my ‘customer service’ hat look like?
Among library blogs, 500 Hats by Barbara Braxton is a personal favorite; it expands the perceptions of people who think of librarians only as “keeper of the books.”

Each entry focuses on one of many “hats” worn by the library professional.

Hats are a big part of my image and so in that vein, I offer thoughts on my “customer service” hat. Customer service is a big part of my daily activities in Bellview Elementary School library.

Monday, November 9, 2015


The Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, where I work part-time, is participating this year in a study and small-group discussion program called “Soul Matters Sharing Circles.” Each month, people work with materials organized around a theme. This month, the theme is “Grace,” a blessing that is unexpected and perhaps even undeserved.