Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

22. April 2017 16:15
by jennifer

Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2017-2018

22. April 2017 16:15 by jennifer | 0 Comments

The 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a few repeat authors including Laurence Yep and Sarah Weeks. I don't see  any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees.

Parents and teachers, get a jump on everyone else by having your kids read a few of the titles over the summer. I have yet to see a summer reading list that does not include at least ONE SSYRA book. And the book usually includes a project to be submitted the first week of school. And how many of you have kids that wait until that last week to read the book and do the project? Based on the number of families that I see in the library scrambling to get their hands on a copy of ANY SSYRA book for that year, it seems like a lot of kids wait until the last minute. And we only have a limited copy of the books. Sure we have a lot of copies, usually at least 50 print copies, plus audio and ebook through Overdrive and Hoopla, but sometimes that's not enough.


So yo,

Don't procrastinate,

Don't sleep late,

or let stress escalate

SSYRA reading is postulate

In the Sunshine State

Let the words captivate


14. July 2016 07:51
by jennifer

Pokémon GO @ Your Tampa Library

14. July 2016 07:51 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Pokémon GO has become a phenomenon in less than a week!! Prior to Pokémon GO I was not a Pokémon fan. Key word....PRIOR.  After downloading the app and playing for a few days, I AM HOOKED!!   My library location, New Tampa Regional Library is a PokeStop.      Here is a list of other Tampa libraries and what you can find at that location!!! 78th Street Community Library is a gymBloomingdale Regional Public Library is a stopBrandon Regional Library is a gymCharles J. Fendig Public Library is a stopEgypt Lake Partnership Library is a stopJan Kaminis Platt Regional Library is a stopJimmie B Keel Regional Library is a gymJohn F. Germany Public Library is a stopNew Tampa Regional Library is a stopNorma and Joseph Robinson Partnership Library at Sulphur Springs is a gymNorth Tampa Branch Library is a gymRobert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library is a stopRuskin Branch Library is a stopSeminole Heights Branch Library is a stopSouthShore Regional Library is a stopTemple Terrace Public Library is a stopThonotosassa Branch Library is a stopTown 'N Country Regional Public Library is a gymUpper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library is a gymWest Tampa Branch Library is a stop     Today at the library, I had a wild and crazy Zubat flying right in front of BoB. I don't know which is more odd. The bat or the skeleton. But what is for sure odd is that I had 21 Poke balls and I could not catch this Zubat.       Whether it's a Charmander or a Rattata, we want to know what you catch. Share your photos with us! ‪#‎PokeLibrary‬ ‪#‎CatchThemAll‬ ‪#‎PokemonGo‬

29. February 2016 08:26
by jennifer

2016 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES Available @ Your Library!

29. February 2016 08:26 by jennifer | 0 Comments

The 2016 Academy Awards ceremony aired last Sunday, February 28. Did you watch it?? I only watched the red carpet pre-show but I did check this morning to see who had won! GO LEO!!! I loved him in THE REVENANT and I think he totally deserved to win. Your local library may offer some of the nominated films, my library does, and here is the list of what is available and what is coming soon!! And did you know....several of the nominated films were books FIRST!!    2016 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES     AMY (R) Starring: Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Yasiin Bey, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty The incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.     THE BIG SHORT (R) Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan The financial meltdown from the perspective of a number of players: Michael Burry, a bizarre stock-picking genius, and the first to realize that the market's housing boom is based on a 'house of cards' sham; Mark Baum, self-loathing fictional character whose firm picks up insider trading information from a wrong number phone call; Jarred Vennet, a smart-aleck broker who confirms the ominous suspicion; and Charles Gellar and James Shipley, small-time players who hit it big.     BRIDGE OF SPIES (PG-13) Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance James Donovan is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.     BROOKLYN (PG-13) Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.     CAROL (R) Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her twenties, Therese is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.     EX MACHINA (R) Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac Caleb, a 24-year-old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.     MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (R) Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz A return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his past, he believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord with his gangs, pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.     THE MARTIAN (PG-13) Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels After a bad storm blows across Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind. Now stuck on a hostile planet, he must find a way to signal to Earth and, in the meantime, survive on limited supplies.     THE REVENANT (R) – DVD COMING SOON You can find the book HERE and the audio book HERE Starring: Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Lukas Haas Inspired by true events, an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.     ROOM (R) Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy After five-year old Jack and his Mom escape from the enclosed environment that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a miraculous discovery: the outside world.     SPOTLIGHT (R) Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious 'Spotlight' teams of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment.     STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (R) Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking viewers back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels - armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent - stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A.   Have you seen any of these Oscar nominated films? Which one(s)? And which are you most looking forward to seeing?