I’m partial to fiction, especially thrillers and horror, but I can also be drawn to nonfiction if the topic intrigues me. The important thing is to escape into a good book! Find my reviews here.
The Virginia Beach Public Library is a driving force in early literacy! Early Literacy Outreach takes a holistic approach to literacy by serving children ages 0-5 as well as their teachers, parents, and other caregivers. Early Literacy Outreach staff visit selected childcare centers in our book van and state-of-the art bookmobile, which has been converted into an early literacy classroom. We provide age-appropriate book deposits for childcare centers, ongoing teacher training and curriculum support, and early literacy storytime classes that foster critical pre-reading skills. Early Literacy Outreach also provides early literacy parent workshops through partnerships with community organizations as well as "Literacy Lingo: Tips for Parents," the library’s weekly early literacy campaign on Facebook. If you would like more information regarding our trainings for parents, caregivers, and teachers or our services to Virginia Beach preschools, please contact Melanie Tucker, Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator, at (757) 385-0193
Few things compare to a good story! Whether fiction or not, I love to find myself immersed in a great story that challenges my way of thinking about myself or the world around me. Memoirs, biographies, science fiction, and historical fiction are my favorites. I also enjoy Science Fiction, Japanese, and Chinese films. I first found myself pulled into stories while volunteering in my elementary school’s library. As a child, I loved Bill Peet and now find his books fill me with nostalgia. When I am not glued to the pages of my books, I enjoy gardening, bird watching, and the company of hummingbirds. Find my reviews here.
A bit quirky and off-beat, I can’t help but try to find the weirdest and most innovative book to keep me intrigued. Aside from math books and enormous historical tomes, I’ll read just about anything. Unless of course, it’s an obscure math book with talking numbers! Find my reviews here.
I was so happy when I learned to read in school.
I read books on paper or on screens.
I like to read by any means.
I read books in my comfy chair at home.
I even read them on my phone.
I listen to books as I drive down the road.
This audiobook is exciting, yay, traffic has slowed.
So pick up a book and read I say.
Hmm, which book shall I read today?
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Kathleen Fogarty would read for days, if not for the fact that she produces programs for children and families at VBPL and occasionally creates meals with fresh produce from her husband’s organic farm in Pungo. She’s been a radio/television producer, a music teacher and a freelance writer, and hopes to publish a batch of books in the next few years. Her favorite place is Ireland, she loves shrimp and grits and anything Low Country, including home design. Her favorite library items include picture books, youth and teen fiction, and adult literary fiction, with an occasional cookbook thrown in for delight. Find my reviews here.
I am a Teen Librarian with a fondness for romance novels. I am drawn to quirky memoirs, teen fiction, women’s lit. and historical or paranormal romance. I also enjoy a good non-fiction account of hauntings. The running joke is if a novel has pirates, time travel or time traveling pirates then I am going to read it. You will also find my favorite new picture books scattered through my reviews. Find my reviews here.
I have been working with books for over 10 years and despite that I still like them. I mostly read snooty, award-winning fiction…to make me feel better after reading sports and picture books. I have several scraps of paper with long lists of books to read and then something grabs my eye and jumps in front of a book that has been waiting for five years. I guess I’m really saying that I like books but I’m not sure that they like me. Find my reviews here.
I enjoy quilting, fine crafts, woodworking, sailing, gardening, and dogs. These activities lead me to the non-fiction how-to books with great illustrations. When I read for fun, I gravitate toward quirky characters like Stephanie Plum, Julie Roseman, and Zippy Kimmel. Find my reviews here.
I guess there’s still a bit of this child left in me. I love picture books, youth chapter books, and teen novels. You’ll find a lot of these in my reviews, especially picture books that parents and teachers can use to advantage since children enjoy them so much they don’t even realize that they’re learning! I also share as many early literacy enhancements as I can in the reviews. One of my greatest successes is the fact that all three of my children (now college-aged) love reading, and passing that joy on to other families means a lot to me. For my own reading, you will way more often than not find me deep in another era through historical fiction with well-drawn characters and a story worth telling. Find my reviews here.
No matter the genre, fact or fiction, I need well-written characters to hold my interest. A great plot with a one-dimensional protagonist soon finds its way out of my hands. I'm mostly drawn to literary fiction with occasional forays into science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction. Music and film reviews will occasionally be sprinkled throughout my week of posts. Find my reviews here.
I can’t resist splashing in the current of words. It’s all about the language for me: rich, rhythmic, glistening, grabbing. I read with my ears and voice is paramount in a choice pick. Next come characters that beckon and environs that breathe. And when the word-puddles grow deep, I shake off my cares with children’s picture books and Python-esque dry humor. Long live early literacy and Killer Rabbits! Find my reviews here.
I love young adult books, graphic novels, and non-fiction books that help me improve my cycling skills. Some of my favorites include The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore, and Illusions by Richard Bach. I love hanging out with my son who took my lovely picture. Find my reviews here.
A self-proclaimed book nerd, I approach books like I do food: voraciously, but picky according to my whims. I enjoy most types of genre fiction, especially romance. But I can and will read almost anything. And probably have. Find my reviews here.
I am a May baby, born in Indianapolis, Indiana; I checked out my first book from a school library at age 8; I have had an enduring obsession with all things fantastical and science fiction since childhood; As a veteran world traveler and mom to three readers, I am delighted to write about my first love--genre fiction-- on VBPL Recommends. Find my reviews here.
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My background in art gives me a unique perspective on picture books: I believe picture books are for everyone, regardless of age! Poetry, stories with strong visual imagery and creative non-fiction inspire me. I had the opportunity to record a couple of books for the National Assemblies Center for the Blind in Missouri so I especially enjoy audio books and characters with distinctive voices. Find my reviews here.
As you can probably tell from my picture, there is nothing I love more than being totally engrossed in a good book. I started reading teen fiction when I was 11 years old and a volunteer at the Great Neck Library, and despite the fact that I’m now 25 and a reference librarian, this is still my favorite genre. I also read some romance, chick-lit, fantasy, and the occasional youth book, and I especially love finding novels with multicultural characters. Find my reviews here.
I am a midwest transplant that loves reading, writing, and gaming. I read without borders but especially enjoy and gravitate to teen lit, fantasy, and true crime. I also love and respect the graphic novel format. Find my reviews here.
As a super busy mom of two small, precious, demanding children, I need a book that will grab my attention fast. Complicated plots and in-depth character development are for single women in their early twenties. I’ve lived in New Orleans, Austin and New York and enjoy books that sort of take me back to those places. I read across all genres, but I particularly enjoy the escapism offered in scintillating biographies of rock and roll giants. Maybe I missed my calling or something. I also love YA and New Adult fiction and anything really truly funny. Find my reviews here.
As a self-published author, I read with the writer in mind. I like to examine how their words affect me (laugh, cry, shout, throw book across the room or curse the fictional characters within the story). This approach has helped me find many favorite authors. My reading taste is ever changing. My first love is romance, though you probably couldn’t tell by looking at my book reviews. I dabble in supernatural, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, biographies, young adult and anything else that catches my eye. I truly enjoy a good story. I especially love to find undiscovered treasures to share. My book entitled, This Time Around: A Virginia Lovers Romance is available in Virginia Beach Public Libraries as well as Amazon.com. Find my reviews here.
An “about me” or list of hobbies is never complete without mentioning that I like to read! Ever since I read my first “big” book in second grade (Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary), I have always enjoyed reading. No surprise then that I majored in English. I read books that interest me with their characters, their plot, or the concept (or all of the above)! Though I do have a preference for science fiction, fantasy, and manga, I try not to limit myself to reading only certain types of books because it is the story that draws me in regardless of its genre, and it would be a shame to miss out on a story because it does not fit my type. Find my reviews here.