Junk Journals

While volunteering at the library I learned about junk journals. What?

A junk journal is book which is often made through found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration. So it’s a sort of scrapbook, which can contain letters, tickets, scraps of fabric, photos, dried flowers, keys, newspaper articles, photos, you name it.

It’s become a trend in some circles and they can take on any kind of style. They make nice gifts and if you don’t want to make one, you can buy one on etsy.com

This kind of craft beckons me.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If I were having coffee with you this weekend, I’d tell you I took a former student from China to Pilsen so she could see the vibrant murals and have some Latin food.





This year I’ve been to Pilsen three times. Prior to 2019, I’d never been there. We saw lots of murals, some I’d never seen.


There are easily hundreds. We went to 5 Rabinitos, which was packed.


St. Paul’s

Then we headed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, but it was locked up. Too bad. We wanted to go to the National Museum of Mexican Art but the line was way down the block and probably would take over an hour to get through. Their Dia de los Muertos exhibit goes till January so I’ll return.

On Monday I attended the Library Board Meeting. At times it was uplifting such as when people spoke up about how much they cared about the library or libraries in general. I agree with the man at the end of the video above that we have lost a lot of cultural institutions. Some change is needed, but how much and what kind?

The board voted to spend $15,000 on a heated sidewalk, which didn’t sit well with many in attendance, who’re more concerned with the fact that 22 out of 43 people have left this year. In November all but one Youth Librarian will remain.

I saw Remorquers, a French film with Jean Gabin, which was decent, but not one I’d insist you see.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?



If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I returned to the playwrights group and there were four more writers, and they all brought good material to critique.

I’d also say that I just learned that my local library staff consists of 90% part time workers. Ninety percent! No one mentioned that in graduate school.

I’m having a great time learning to use Adobe Illustrator to draw. Now the problem is how to get a copy of it. It’s so expensive. I can use it at the library, but it’s good to have pre-set brushes and such.

I finished the audiobook The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse and highly recommend it.

I volunteered Saturday at my library’s makerspace, which held an open house. It was a big success and I expect a lot more people will use it.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.