November 21, 2019

Librarian Rant Review: The Jean Harlow Bombshell by Mollie Cox Bryan

Today's video is about The Jean Harlow Bombshell by Mollie Cox Bryan. I picked this up at the American Library Association's annual conference in DC. I met the author and she told me a bit about her relation to Jean Harlow before signing my book herself and stamping her relative's John Hancock underneath.

I kept it on my TBR for a while, finally spurred into action by seeing it on the new shelf at the Boston Public Library. There were a couple of things that surprised me about this story, and after the first few chapters I had so many hopes. The writing and story are engaging and I was pleasantly surprised that we have multiple characters who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. I think her intentions were good... but her implementation needs an entire, hour-long video to unpack.

SO. Before watching, please make note of these HUGE trigger warnings for use of dead names and incorrect pronouns,  heartbreaking backstories, and trans women who are only distinguishable from one another by which famous person they impersonate. Also, there are multiple murders in this book and ALL of them are people within the LGBTQ+ community. Please don't watch this video if discussion of any of these things could harm you.

As I say in the video, I am approaching this review as an ally. There are many moments that bother me as such, specifically those surrounding our trans characters, but I don't have the personal experience to inform my outrage. Please let me know if I have made any mistakes in my analysis so that I can fix them!

November 18, 2019

Bookstagram Made Me Buy it: Librarian Reviews Sudio Wireless Earbuds

Has bookstagram or booktube ever made you buy a thing? Cause here I am with my very ~*influenced~* purchase!

I saw these true wireless earbuds all over. Because those are definitely sponsored, I figured I would bite the bullet and give an unbiased review when they had a "single's day" sale on 11/11. Are they worth the money?

You can find Sudio here:

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Reading in a Second Language: Librarian Advice for Literacy

Reading in a second language is HARD! As someone who works and recommends books in a language other than English, I thought I'd throw in my two cents.

Quick advice:
1. Know your language level. This makes Easy Readers (which often come with a CD for added audio comprehension with your reading!) a great reading category. Plus, you can test your comprehension up or down a level to make sure you're getting the most from your book!
2. Look for stories that you already enjoy in your native language - this might seem simple, but wanting to know what happens next and getting lost in the story trick you into easier understanding!
3. Don't assume that you have to start with picture books! Try books like graphic novels or audio-resources like podcasts.

Let me know if you're looking for resources like those I've mentioned in this video and I'll make a follow-up! While I already have these things on-hand in French, I'd be happy to try my hand at collecting resources in a different language?

Hope this is helpful!

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