Kelsey Arender

Kelsey Arender
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Kelsey Arender is a Lexington native who fell in love with her work in libraries in 2012. Prior to her recent career change, you could find her at the public library's children department. Now, she happily works in a middle school library. On the weekends, Kelsey and her husband, William, enjoy watching reruns of their favorite TV shows, attending church, and reading with their one-year-old daughter. Kelsey's favorite things include endless mugs of coffee, cozy sweaters, rainy days, and laughing with friends. She may be an introvert but if you start a conversation about personality types, toddlers, or hygge, you'll make a fast friend. You can find her hanging on Instagram at @we_all_get_sleepy.

4 Ways to Love Your Local Libraries

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is warming up, but it’s not scorching hot. The birds are chirping early in the morning. And the best part? April is...

SC Junior Book (Middle Grade) Award Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Young Adult Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Children’s Book Award Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Picture Book Award Nominees I’m Excited About

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

How TikTok Changed My Housekeeping

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As someone with a small child, I usually find that I am behind on the latest trends and technology. If it’s not directly related to something my daughter would enjoy, it gets tossed out...

Toddler Approved Christmas Crafts

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So far this year, winter weather has been just as unpredictable as usual. One day it’s sunny and the next the temperature drops and it rains. With a two year old at home, it...

5 Tips For Nesting During Pregnancy

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Now that I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy, I have to admit that my absolute favorite part is the sudden urge to nest. “Nesting” refers to the sudden burst of motivation that women...

Pregnancy The Second Time Around

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When I found out this summer that I was pregnant with our second child, I couldn’t help but compare the experience to my first pregnancy. I assumed there would be backaches and morning sickness,...

Scary Books For Scaredy Cats: A Halloween Reading List For Mom

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There's a chill in the air, pumpkin spice is back, and soon October will be here. For some it's a time for scary movies, jack o' lanterns, goblins, and ghouls. For others, like me,...

The Music of Me

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Growing up, I was surrounded by music. It didn’t matter what genre it was, if my dad considered it “good music” we were listening to it. Mom was all country, southern gospel, and Whitney...

I Tested Positive :: When COVID-19 Hits Home

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We can all agree that 2020 is the most bizarre year yet. Personally, it has been a year of inconveniences. As someone who works in a middle school, it was inconvenient when the school year...

Toddlers Are My Favorite

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When I was pregnant, lots of well-meaning people told me how great babies were. They remembered with fondness on the days of rocking a baby to sleep, tiny fingers and toes, and the first...

Social Distancing With Library Resources

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During these uncertain times, it is easy to feel like going to the park or the library, or even the grocery store is a luxury. If we aren’t frantically sanitizing every surface, we are...