Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marvel Heroes Post-it-Note Art

The most frequent question I'm asked about our library post it note art is always about the pattern(s).  Where do you find them?  We have always used the internet and searched for patterns by using key words like pixel art, bit designs, and even cross stitch patterns.  Not every pattern works for us but a basic template is nice to begin with and then we are able to modify it to fit our windows.

While looking for Star Wars pixel art patterns for our 2nd 9 weeks post-it-note art, we found Marvel (minecraft) patterns and knew they HAD to happen on our windows in January.

Pattern found here
Pattern found here
Pattern found here

I began with Captain America, but was quickly booted aside with an "I'll do it" from my daughter.  ::rolling eyes emoji::

Next Ironman was created and finally Hulk (after waiting a weekend for green post-its to arrive!)

Watch the process below by clicking on the video:

I know I ALWAYS say this, but it's definitely one of my favorites.  I love Marvel & especially Captain America, Hulk, & Iron Man.  ;)

Wonder what our last 9 weeks will bring?

Feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Running Gear: SLS3 Belt

I know, I know... the blog is named The Library Fanatic...

but if you know me, you know I'm fanatical about many things including running.  #RUNTEACHERRUN

So if you're a runner too, this one's for you!

If you're not, I'll bet you know a runner (there's a lot of us out there).  Feel free to share this post with them.  (Thanks!)  

And now, on to a shameless promo for a new running product

I want to tell you about a new running belt I tried recently.  

I'm a fan of running belts, but quite picky about them.  Why am I a fan?  Short story:  I like to run with stuff.  Long story:  I like to run with a lot of stuff:  my phone, chapstick, assorted snacks (fruit snacks or gummies and Clif or Luna bars).  I like to run with a lot of stuff and don't like things in my pocket.  I like to run with a lot of stuff and don't like things in my pocket and don't like dropping things off to pick up when I need them.  (There.  Are you happy to know the whole story now?)

Enter the running belt.  With a good running belt, I can still carry my "essentials" (yes I realize MY list of essentials may be different than yours.  To each his/her own!) and still be comfortable.  There's nothing worse than feeling hindered or uncomfortable while running.  This belt did NOT make me feel that way.  

So what belt is it?  I had the opportunity to try the SLS3 running belt.  Yes, I tried it while running on my treadmill. (What?  I need stuff while running inside too!  Plus, it's been really cold up here!  My southern blood does not enjoy winter temperatures in the midwest.)  SLS3 has several types of running belts, but I tried the Dual Pocket Water Resistant one (in black!). 

I was a little doubtful that my phone would fit.  The usual problem for me with running belts is that my phone only fits without the case.  News flash:  I don't ever want to run without my phone in its case.  I've been known to drop my phone a time or two (okay, WAY more than a time or two...).  I've even been known to drop my phone while running.  Thanks to Otterbox it doesn't matter because it's protected.  So in THIS belt, my phone fit.  My iPhone 6 in its Otterbox Defender case fit!  And I could still zip the belt!  I could also UNZIP it to take out my phone.  Perfect!  The other pocket I devoted to my running snacks (fruit snacks -- yum!).

During my 6 mile run, the belt stayed put with very little movement.  It also didn't rub or bother me.  Hooray for comfort AND functionality!

If you'd like to try out the SLS3 belt, there's a limited time introductory price for the dual pocket run belt on Amazon.  The belt retails at $29.90 but it's currently $12.90 (57% Off) there. (Great deal!)

Even better, want to enter to win one for free?  Here's your chance!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don't forget to follow SLS3 on all of their social media pages because they have WAY more than just belts!

Twitter - @SLS3USA
Instagram - @SLS3USA

Follow & join the conversation with these hashtags:  #RunningBelt #SLS3 #SLS3RunningBelt

**SLS3 sent me the belt to rate and review, but that doesn't mean it's not an amazing belt!**

Thanks for reading & happy running!
 but that's another story... ;)

Friday, January 1, 2016


Reflecting on last year's goals (found here) and planning for 2016:

My 2015 Goals:
My 2015 Goals:

  • Read 115 books.
  • Run 600 miles. (50 monthly!)
  • Challenge myself professionally in new ways.
I'm not sure where I'm going with the professional challenge goal...but I do know that with my job changes this school year, I'm struggling with feeling successful and I need that to change.  More thoughts on this soon as I reflect and evaluate.

Bring on's time to GROW.  
  • Read 115 books.

Yes!  A book is a book is a book, so this year I tallied books I read for my library, books I read for fun, books I read for committee reading (Firefly picture books and Eliot Rosewater wannabes), and books read with my son.  GoodReads reports that I've read 121 books.  See more details about my year of books here

  • Run 600 miles. (50 monthly!)

Nope!  This year I once again barely made it past the 500 mile mark with Nike+ reporting I've ran 517 miles for the year.  I'm pleased with this total considering I took the entire month of November off and have had some health issues that interfered severely with my energy levels.  It's still over 500 miles! 

  • Challenge myself professionally in new ways.

2015 was truly an amazing year in my professional life.  I was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.  I had the opportunity to travel for the first time out of the country to United Arab Emirates and speak to school librarians.  I submitted a joint proposal to present at ISTE 2016 that was accepted and have also accepted invitations to travel and speak at library conferences for 2016.  Speaking is definitely a new professional challenge for me and I'm glad that I have accepted the challenge. 

My one word for 2015:  GROW

2015 did indeed feel like a year of growth for me.  Growth isn't always comfortable and tends to push us out of our comfort zones but growth is a necessity lest we be stagnant.  2015 pushed and challenged me both personally and professionally but I feel stronger because of it.  A year of interesting firsts with traveling out of the country, traveling alone, getting tattoos, discovering what makes me happy, and more...that makes it a year to remember.


My goals for 2016 remain similar to past year's goals as I want to continue to read, run, and be a better person all around.  My focus will be on choosing wisely as I make decisions daily in my life.  

Run:  600 miles 

Read:   125 books

Embrace new challenges both personally and professionally

I look forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for me...and for you.  

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