Author Archive

Grandparents Day

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Happy International Literacy Day!  Lately, during our department meetings we’ve been listing off the various celebratory designations for each day of the upcoming week. Some causes with a special day are unusual or… Continue reading

Series Review : Cool STEAM Careers

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Wildlife Photographer by Barbara A. Somervill. 9781633625693. 2015.  Gr. 4-7. Athletic Trainer by Samantha Bell. 9781633625556. 2015. Gr. 4-7. Crime Scene Investigator by Tamra B. Orr. 9781633626461. 2015. Gr. 4-7. Nurse by Kevin… Continue reading

Books for Circus Fans

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I love just about all things circus related.  My family can’t drive through Wisconsin without stopping at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo  and The Ringling Circus Museum in Florida is on my… Continue reading

Review & Giveaway: Saint Anything

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A group of us here at Mackin were fortunate enough to spend an evening with Sarah Dessen, eating pizza, sucking on dum dums, and discussing her latest book Saint Anything. It was intriguing… Continue reading

Odyssey Awards part 1

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One of the good things (are there any others?) about an hour commute each day is I get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I generally prefer adult books, but I recently… Continue reading

Series Review: Cutting-Edge STEM Careers

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      Top STEM Careers in Engineering by Gina Hagler. 9781477776728. 2015. Gr. 9-12. Top STEM Careers in Math by Corona Brezina. 9781477776766. 2015. Gr. 9-12. Top STEM Careers in Science by… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Based on recommendations from coworkers Leslie and Ryan, I’m currently listening to the audio book The Devil in The White City: Murder, Magic, and Mad Madness at the Fair That Changed America. The… Continue reading

Knitting Books for Kids

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So far this winter, all I’ve been doing is hibernating. Minnesota winter can be terribly long if you don’t get outside and enjoy it. Normally by now I would have several miles of… Continue reading

Review: The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

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Ok, here’s a scenario I’m wondering if anyone can relate to besides me.   Let’s say you’re getting ready to go out for the evening, maybe you’ve gotten dressed-up for the occasion, but just… Continue reading

Thanksgiving

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With a winter storm descending on us here in Minnesota today and Christmas music already playing in the shopping malls, I’d like to give a nod to our slightly less hectic November holiday.… Continue reading