Blog Archive – Brittney Uecker

Librarian advocates for the value of ‘reading endurance’ by Brittney Uecker - I am currently in the slog of a book I cannot stand. The summary sounded interesting and it received decent reviews, but upon reading it, I’m finding myself struggling to turn the pages. The pacing is slow, the plotline vacillates between downplaying significant events and overdramatizing mundane ones, and the characters are vapid and undeveloped.…
Youth Librarian moved by Rob Rufus memoir by Brittney Uecker - Much in the same way that adolescence itself encompasses an enormous spectrum of experience, books about teenagers can be engaging for a wide age range. Rob Rufus’ memoir “Die Young With Me” is one such book that has appeal for both teenagers and young adults. “Die Young With Me” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rob…
Library Summer Reading Program: Bingo! by Brittney Uecker - We are officially two weeks into this year’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Your Story. As one of our SRP activities this year, we have created Summer Reading Bingo sheets that are full of book suggestions, activity ideas, and ways to engage yourself and your family in stories and fulfill your reading goals. This week, I…
Awarding winning young adult author Jason Reynolds books available at the Lewistown Public Library by Brittney Uecker - Young adult author and activist Jason Reynolds has served us two incredible works this spring. As the recently named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Reynolds is the author of several middle-grade and young adult novels and books of poetry, including “All-American Boys”, the “Track” series, “Long-Way Down”, and “Look…
Making technology your friend: Library offers online resources for children during stay-at-home directive by Brittney Uecker - Like a lot of our patrons, I am in the challenging position of trying to fill the roles of parenting, working from home, and taking the place of school for my children during this pandemic. While everyone’s motivation was high for the first few days, we are starting to struggle with staying engaged and active.…
Another round of Teen Book Club at the Library by Brittney Uecker - After a rousing round of discussion for our winter book, Teen Book Club is back again with another exciting pick: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Sign-ups will begin February 11, and we will meet on March 11 at 4 pm to discuss the book. Set in Middle America in the 1980’s, this story alternates…
Celebrate National Shelfie Day by Brittney Uecker - As a lover of both oddball holidays and plays-on-words, I am a big fan of National Shelfie Day, which takes place this year on Wednesday, January 22nd. Conceived by the New York Public Library in 2014, Shelfie Day is a time for librarians and book lovers to celebrate books by posting a photo of their…
New Teen Book Club Offered at the Library by Brittney Uecker - This winter, I’m excited to be offering LPL’s Teen Book Club. For our first book pick we will be reading Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale.” Sign-ups and book distribution are happening now at the youth desk. Participants will have a month to read the book, and we will meet once on Wednesday, Jan.…
Join the new LPL Teen Book Club - Teen Book Club is geared for ages 13-18. Pick up a copy of the book at the youth desk and meet on January 15th to discuss. Contact Brittney Uecker for more information.
Library to Offer New Saturday Storytime for Pre-school Kids by Brittney Uecker - Beginning on December 7, LPL will begin offering Saturday Storytime at 11:00 a.m. in the youth area. This program will be geared towards kids ages 3 to 6 and will be a chance to share songs, stories, and crafts. In addition, our Friday Storytime at 10:30 a.m. will now be geared specifically towards babies ages…
Library to Offer New Saturday Storytime for Pre-school Kids by Brittney Uecker - Beginning on December 7, LPL will begin offering Saturday Storytime at 11:00 a.m. in the youth area. This program will be geared towards kids ages 3 to 6 and will be a chance to share songs, stories, and crafts. In addition, our Friday Storytime at 10:30 a.m. will now be geared specifically towards babies ages…
Micro-Review: Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” by Brittney Uecker - “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood, the long-awaited sequel to her 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, is just as riveting as the original, but elevates its themes of resilience and sisterhood in the face of brutality. This book is told through three interwoven tales of women placed on various sides of Gilead – one on…
Establishing a Reading Routine with Your Family by Brittney Uecker - I came across a quote recently that struck me. Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams said, “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills required for learning to read.” It’s not a surprise that reading to children is such a critical element to their development, but…
Youth Creative Writing Group - The youth creative writing group is back in September!  The focus for the youth writing groups is to learn about writing stories and sharing them with each other. Both groups will be held on a weekly basis. Our new and improved youth creative writing program will serve two groups:  a younger group (ages 9-11) and the…
Library First Day of School Review Roundup by Brittney Uecker - Well, folks, it is happening – by the time you read this, my daughter will have officially started kindergarten. There is a part of me that is wrapped in the sentimental emotions of this major milestone of parenthood – it seems like just yesterday; my little girl was a baby obsessed with blueberries and Sesame…
Super Summer Reading Program by Brittney Uecker - This summer has been out of this world with the many events and programs LPL has hosted as part of our Summer Reading Program, Universe of Stories. Staff and patrons alike have learned about the planets, viewed the skies through telescopes, launched rockets, looked at constellations in the STARlab planetarium, made space-themed crafts and read…
Observations by Brittney Uecker - For the third meeting of Wednesday Writers on May 8, I have given my budding writers the task of writing a list of observations to share with the group. In discussing ways to find inspiration and ideas for stories, we talked about the skill of observing the things and experiences we encounter during our daily…
Wednesday Writers by Brittney Uecker - As a recreational writer myself, one of the things I have been most excited about doing as a librarian is facilitating a creative group. I am pleased to announce that LPL’s youth creative writing program, Wednesday Writers, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, at 4 pm in the Youth Area. My goal…
Wednesday Writers by Brittney Uecker - As a recreational writer myself, one of the things I have been most excited about doing as a librarian is facilitating a creative group. I am pleased to announce that LPL’s youth creative writing program, Wednesday Writers, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, at 4 pm in the Youth Area. My goal…
Pleased to Meet You! By Brittney Uecker - Hello, LPL patrons! My name is Brittney and I am the new face of the Youth Area at the Lewistown Public Library! I came here from Missoula where I did my BA and MA in Forensic and Biological Anthropology and worked in wildlife genetics before heeding my library calling. My husband grew up in Lewistown…

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