Willie finally got the call from the Hall. Willie O’Ree, the National Hockey League’s first black player, received a call from Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday afternoon informing him that he’s a member of the Hall’s 2018 class. Embed from Getty Images He will be formally inducted into the Hall in the Builder category on…

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What’s Next After Ready Player One

Amazon has compiled a great list of what to read after “Ready Player One,” which has been the No. 1 seller on the site in anticipation of the Spielberg directed film adaptation coming out on March 29.



Introducing the All-Time Color of Hockey team — TheColorOfHockey

We’ve picked the 2016-17 Color of Hockey All-Star team, but who would be on the greatest team of players of color of all time? My choices span eras – from a time when goalies stood up and sticks were actually made of all wood – to today’s fast-paced, high-tech game. You’ll recognize some of the players on the team while […]

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Flyers’ Pierre Edouard Bellemare scores by passing on award at IIHF tournament

One reason I love hockey. I know people post about the fights and what not. But there is an underlying sportsmanship that I enjoy.


The phrase “consummate team player” is an often over-used piece of sports-writing jargon, but every now and then you see the meaning behind the words.

Philadelphia Flyers LW Pierre Edouard Bellemare Case in point: Philadelphia Flyers left wing Pierre Edouard Bellemare. A native of France, Bellemare is basking in Paris co-hosting the International Ice Hockey FederationWorld Championship with Cologne, Germany.

Bellemare is a fourth-line player in the National HockeyLeaguebut he a top line forward for France.

After France upset Finland 5-1 in Paris Sunday, officials decided to name Bellemare the best player of the game for the French team.

Bellemare, who had a goal in the game, disagreed.

Hepassed on the honor and persuaded officials to give it French goaltender Florian Hardy, to the delight of the 11,433 spectators inside Paris’ AccorHotels Arena. Hardy had 42 saves in the game.

France, ranked 14th in the world,had…

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Reading Goals-2017

black-woman-readingSo, I signed up again for the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Again. I’m not sure why I’m being a glutton for punishment. I’ve signed up every year since becoming a member of the bookworm-based social media network. And every year I’m shorter than millimeter of the goal I choose.

What’s crazy is that lack of reading is not the reason why. Between my Kindle and Nook app for Android, I read soooooo many books! I also work in a library, so I have more access to books there. (I am getting my book hording under control – I promise.) My goals are usual between 60-100 books. I’m sure I’m getting 60, at least. And that’s just with doing a quick-and-dirty on the bus or on the john. Pun intended. And despite with all that abundant reading, every year I log back into Goodreads and the failure of meeting the challenge greets me.

Why? Because I’m forgetful and lazy. Yep. Simple as that. Sooooo, despite the fact that this is about a book challenge, the real issues are so much bigger than saying to random Goodreads nerd I read 3.5 more books than them. It’s about using tools like this reading challenge to clean the mess that quick-and-dirty leaves. I want to finish goals, even small, meaningless ones. Because just simple things like straightening up my room before work or ticking a small box to show I read Teaching the Boss can provide healthy habits that lead to bigger and better things. And those are good goals in 2017 and beyond.

Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ve got five books on my goal so far. BWWM romance at its worst lol. tumblr_static_filename_640_v2


Book Tree 2016

I love doing a book tree in the library! I feel like it’s the perfect way to express the upcoming holidays in a library. Of course, we try to use old beautiful books that most people wouldn’t want to check out right away. I also like it because it’s something fun and creative for the students to work on.

Here’s a little video I did with PhotoGrid. I hope you like it and Happy Holidays!

Updated: The Tarpon Club Collection, 1931-1994

I always love reading about the FSCW days.


tarpon We are excited to announce that the Tarpon Club Collection has been recently re-processed and updated by project archivist Christine Bethke. Included in the update are new scrapbooks, memorabilia, photographs, and films that have been acquired over the past 10 years.

threetarponThe Tarpon Club began during the early 1920s as the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) Life Saving Corps. The Life Saving Corps began holding exhibitions in the Montgomery Gym indoor pool demonstrating aquatic skills during the 1930’s. These exhibitions featured form swimming, figure swimming, speed swimming, lifesaving techniques, diving, and canoe handling. In the spring of 1937, members of the Corps under the direction of Betty Washburn formed the Tarpon Club, choosing the tarpon fish as its mascot due to its reputation of being an acrobat of Florida waters. The club presented its first “water pageant” in the fall of that year featuring swimming stroke demonstrations and floating…

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