Saturday, April 28, 2018



I'm glad you're here.

A little about me

Posing for photo shoot in media center
  • I'm a library media specialist at a public elementary school teaching reading strategies, leading technology integration, designing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges in our media center makerspace and providing information and reader's advisory services,
  • I'm an anti-bullying and literacy advocate,
  • I'm a freelance writer and book reviewer, and
  • I'm an ordained minister.
  • I enjoy making beautiful *usually useful* things with my hands,
  • I thrive in the great outdoors and enjoy gardening, hiking, biking, camping, and geocaching,
  • I love digging in the dirt and breathing deeply of the salty ocean air, and
  • I'm really big on family.

How'd I pick the site name?

The term 'makerspace' is big in the educational world. I consider myself to be and also encourage everyone I meet to become and remain lifelong learners. Learning keeps the mind alert and the brain active. I started this blog to be a place where friends of all ages can gather to create, explore, discover, inquire and share wholesome, family-friendly creative projects using a variety of tools and materials. I will make use of my Cricut Maker, Cuttlebug, HP instant-ink ready color printer, Janome sewing machine, Close To My Heart papercrafting supplies, as well as my varied assortment of on hand home office and craft supplies. Although I will post the sources of any newly purchased supplies, you are not obligated in any way to purchase from these sites. My goal is to freely share my projects and discoveries with you. I hope you'll join me and share your learning too.

My favorite quotes

Why do we fear when we already know the ending? -- Kimberly Bower
Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." -- Mark Twain

Thoughts about books, reviews and site indexes

As a librarian I come across many new books every month. I scour professional journals and websites, research on Edelweiss and NetGalley, subscribe to feeds from a host of other sources and take part in Twitter chats to see what's new, coming up in the ranks, popular etc. I can't read every title. There just isn't time. I do, however, look closely enough to decide if I would read a title before requesting a galley, ARC, or review copy. Those titles will likely find their way into a New On My Nightstand post, a topical book list or research guide. NOTE: New On My Nightstand is soon-to-be-added to this site. I'll be playing catch-up for a bit but I feel strongly about sharing the best makerspace-related resources I find. Stay tuned! I'll have a Book Review Index for quick links to reviews.

I enjoy engaging with other librarians, readers and bloggers. I like to check out other blogs and share ideas. I love to promote authors offering content that meets the stated goals of this blog. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope to get to know you better.

Blessings on your journey today,


GladesLibrarian's Close To My Heart (CTMH) News

Close To My Heart's New Consultant Kit

You know how much I like to create beautiful things, right? Well, I've just signed up as a Close To My Heart (CTMH) Independent Consultant. This papercrafting, scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamping direct sales company provides resources that partner splendidly with my new Cricut Maker machine. My crafting passion is in full bloom. Click the 'Shop Now' picture or this link to check out my website.

CTMH's Cricut 'You Are Here' Bundle
    My current favorite item is the Cricut You Are Here Bundle with Cricut cartridge (available in both digital and physical formats), three matching stamp sets and 24 sheets of coordinating colored cardstock paper that cuts well in my Cricut Maker. I'll be ready to share all about my Summer adventures with this set in hand.  

April's CTMH Stamp of the Month
My current favorite stamp set is April 2018: Color Your Life because it has the message I tell my students daily: Always be kind. During the month of April, 2018, you can either purchase it outright for $17.95, or spend $50 and get this April Stamp of the Month set for just $5. So, tell me, have you checked out the Close To My Heart product line yet? What's your favorite item?