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Hayley Botnen

As a Montana native and recent MA transplant, I've got nothing but new experiences ahead. I'm working my way through the Children's Literature and Library Science MA/MS dual degree program on Simmons' main campus. I spend most of my free time reading books intended for people half my age. I've been trying to watch all of Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time (from 2008) for the last 3 years.


Entries by Hayley Botnen

  • Age and Maturity
    It's my birthday on the 14th. I'm turning 25. It feels weird. It'll be my first birthday celebration without either my family or my best friend. I have friends to celebrate with. Awesome friends who I am so glad to...
  • Summer Laziness
    How is it already halfway through July? I thought summer was going to be less busy than the school year, but between my internship and the classes I was taking, I feel like it's been really busy. Maybe it's also...
  • A New View
    Summer has been a bit of a whirlwind. I've finished two classes, I've been doing an internship and volunteering, and my roommate just moved back across the country. She moved out here with me from Montana, and I've loved having...
  • Pen Pal Experience
    This last Friday, I had the opportunity to meet up with a pen pal of mine. Back in October or November, Promising Pals sent out an email and asked for pen pals for students at the Timilty Middle School in...
  • Author Events and Expectations
    Before moving out to Boston, I had never been to an author event. There were a couple in my old town, but they weren't authors I was interested in, so I never went. Since moving out here, I've had the...
  • Revisiting Childhood
    As someone who is pursuing a degree in Children's Literature and Library Science, I spend a lot of time in my courses rereading books I loved as a child. I also get to read books which I missed as a...
  • Semester is Almost Over
    As I've mentioned before, April is a crazy month for me. What I forgot about was the fact that registration and the end of the semester were also both approaching. Registration always brings challenges and stress along with it. This...
  • Library as Remembrance
    Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day began Wednesday night and goes through tonight. I was struck by the timing of one of my class assignments, and it made me consider the many ways in which libraries are the place for...
  • The Particularities of Writing for People
    As I mentioned last week, April seems to be the month of literally everything being due. My biggest struggle--like every semester--is trying to learn to write for particular professors. I have my own writing style. I use it when I...
  • The Insanity of April
    As always, the final full month of a semester is filled with the insanity of every class wanting to fit in the rest of the assignments before class is officially over. I have papers upon papers (seriously, I have 24...
  • Making the Most of Boston
    Before moving out here, I was too stressed out by the moving process to even think about many things to do in Boston. When I got here, I was dedicated to my classes and getting back home at a somewhat...
  • Spring Break
    I can't believe it's spring break next week. And I'm sure I'm not alone in being surprised at how suddenly the semester has flown by. A major part of that is due to the frequent cancellation of classes at the...
  • Outsides and Insides
    Because of the snow, I had a hard time getting to the library these past couple weeks. Which is only unfortunate because I'm taking a picture book class which meets once a month, and in which we need to read...
  • Picture Books and Graphic Novels
    Picture Books. At some point in our lives, we're all told that we need to move on. We need to read "at our age level", whatever that means. As a future children's librarian, I'm required to take two different classes...
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland
    So I was wondering if winter was ever going to hit the Boston area. Coming to Massachusetts from Montana, I was told by everyone, "Watch out for their winters! It's colder out there! Make sure you're prepared!" I'd been a...
  • Productivity and the Spring
    How is it already Spring semester? I feel like the break just flew by, and to be honest, I didn't even really do that much! I volunteered a couple of times. I had my book club meet. I read ten...
  • 2015 Reading Challenge
    It's a brand new year! And while a lot of people enjoy making new year's resolutions, I'm not really one of them. I try to always keep certain resolutions in mind (eat healthy, exercise as much as I can,...
  • Movie Time
    For today, I wanted to do something a little bit different. Now that the semester is over, I have time to pursue some of my other interests, and if you've looked at my profile, you know that one of the...
  • Semester by the Numbers
    The end of the semester always makes me think about numbers. The big GPA looming over my head. How much time I spend wasting instead of working on my finals like I should be doing. This week, I decided to...
  • NBA All-Stars
    NBA in this case is not basketball. It's the National Book Awards which were held last night. I have a lot of interest in the National Book Awards. More specifically, I have a lot of interest in the Young People's...
  • Looking to the Future
    I'm going to be honest. I have no idea what I want to do when I graduate. And around this time when we're registering for classes and everyone is talking about their future plans, I feel so scared. I love...
  • Relax
    We have six weeks of school left. Not even six weeks! Because of Thanksgiving, we more or less have five weeks of school left! I'm at the point in the semester where all my group projects are looming in November,...
  • Want to spend more time writing this November?
    Many people who like to read also like to write. I definitely belong in this group. In fact, every November, I am one of those crazy people who participate in NaNoWriMo. What is NaNoWriMo you might be asking? NaNoWriMo is...
  • Explore
    This week has been fantastic for adventuring. October is drawing to a middle, but the weather is still lovely, and with having Monday off from school, I felt like this was a mini-break in the middle of a busy semester....
  • Thoughts about Perception
    Lately I've been thinking a lot about perception and subjectivity. Those are both ideas that we come across a lot in the fields of Library Science and Children's Literature. As librarians, we're supposed to set our own feelings aside and...
  • A Little Help Never Hurt Anybody
    It's easy to assume--especially if you've already completed an undergraduate program--that you know all there is to know about writing. Or maybe I should just say that I thought I knew enough about writing to get by in a graduate...
  • Books I Can Afford
    Alright, friends, today I want to talk about the magic that is library book sales. Yes, you read that right. You can actually buy books from a place where you usually have to give the books back. Now, I feel...
  • The (Not-So) Secret (Rose) Garden
    Everyone! I have found The Secret Garden! Okay, it's not actually the one in the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but it's almost as great. Because not only is it somewhere I've never been before, (spoiler alert: there are a...