January 2014 meeting cancelled!

Due to snow!
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Just a jump to the left . . .

Finally, I’d like to share big congratulations to Steeper Kristin who was an ensemble member in a fantastic production of the Rocky Horror Show in October.  A few of our book club members got to check the show out and we had so much fun … plus we’ll never look at our Kristin the same way again!  Way to go, Kristin, you were out of this world. Your book club loves you. 🙂

They do it yearly, so we are hoping to make this an annual Read It & Steep field trip!

Drink it up?!

killer verseSo, since I do my best to be a good librarian and citizen and not do things like break the law, I won’t include the text of this awesome poem that I read in a book called Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem.  I thought it was far and away the best of the poems in the book and it is great for our book club … especially since the ladies at our discussion for And Then There Were None thought that I may have poisoned their death by chocolate.  I highly recommend the poem With or Without Milk by Philip Dacey.  It’s a delightful little bit of naughtiness that warns against drinking something that wasn’t made in front of you.  Those who saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows knows that Irene Adler learned that lesson the hard way.

So, while my review of Killer Verse is not to necessarily buy it, if you can get your hands on it, please flip to page 194/195 and enjoy the poem.  I think the steepers can sleep easily as I do always brew our tea of the month in front of them …

Thirsty?  Drink up! 🙂

Parting is such sweet sorrow . . . blah, blah, blah

May was also a big month for our book club with lots of goings on.  We are trying to figure out what to put on our fundraising paver at the library … “So, who finished?” doesn’t seem quite right.

Congrats to Steeper Terri, who graduated with her nursing degree!  You go, girl!

Finally, we said farewell to our Steeper Angela, who has moved to the cold cold north … okay, I’m sure it’s not so cold in May, but come December … look out!  We’re going to miss her, her wonderful flow charts, and her extraordinary nicknaming abilities.

All best, Dolly.  Congrats on the new job and home!  We’ll see you soon.

Don’t judge SciFi by it’s cover!

I order the science fiction and fantasy title for our library and am CONSTANTLY lamenting the dismal covers that publishers use for speculative fiction.  Tech Services Manager Valerie and I often discuss how a bad cover can really sink a fantastic book.  In our library, if the book has a planet or a spaceship on it, the book will lend well.  If there is buxom lady with a broad sword standing on a dragon, it goes over less well.  This author really hits the nail on the head in this funny, honest article.  Enjoy!

We’re Thankful!

Read It and Steep sends a belated Happy Thanksgiving!  Our lovely Steeper Colleen has been participating in a thankful November on facebook, posting something she’s thankful for every day this month.  Guess what?!?! We made the cut!

“Day 15: today I am thankful to Kate and my book club! Thanks for getting me to read books I wouldn’t normally read, thanks for the convos , thanks for a great Tuesday once a month. I am enjoying reading out of my comfort zone, and reading again in general. Thanks :)”

At our meeting this past Tuesday, Steeper Shantha also shared her thanks in being a member of Read It & Steep.  I’m so blessed to be able to moderate this fascinating and extraordinary group of women through some pretty unusual books.  I’m thankful for each and every one of them (both the ladies and the books!) and I hope we all meet for a long long time to come.  Happy Thanksgiving one and all!