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Babies and Schoolchildren


Trying a new storytime book can be tricky. There are some tried-and-true ones (we actually keep a list with that specific title on the staff computer), and then every so often I’ll come upon a new one and give it a whirl. Because how else will I know whether it works or not? Sometimes one you think will work for one age group will work best for another.


For my babies last Thursday, I pulled out two books I like quite a bit. I’ve used Ten Tiny Babies many a time. I love the colors, and I love the poem. It works nicely. But Nellie Belle, a new choice, had a soothing rhythm to it that I wanted to try with the babies. It wasn’t the best book I’d ever used, but it was sweet. Maybe I’d try it with the toddlers next time, and now at least I have a new resource in my rotation.

One aspect of children’s librarianship I wish I experienced more is school visits. I love having kids come in and teaching them “how to fish,” one might say. A few weeks ago I had a lovely group of 8th graders from a local private school, and then today I had a classful of 6th graders from that same school. Both groups were inquisitive, interested and interesting, and delightful to have around. I’m always more than happy to pull books for them, but I like teaching them how to research, to know these skills for the future.

This is going to be my last blog post with links, unless there’s something incredibly important to share; then I might toss in one or two. Otherwise, it takes up a lot of time to do, and no one ever reads them.

The top news, which my pals and I are very, very excited about. Sister A, in Baltimore, is most excited of all of us, and sent me a link about Dr. Hayden’s – yeah, that’s DR. HAYDEN TO YOU – most historic moments. Wahoo! From Friend D, why she’s a game-changer.

A sad goodbye to YA staple Louise Rennison.

Another major loss: Pat Conroy. I LOVED his books when I was in upper school.

I have many feelings about this. First, yay, a new American Girl doll, but second, how stereotypical. Not a fan.

Brie Larson is even more awesome now that I know this.

Quentin Blake and Beatrix Potter just don’t match! (I love spaghetti and I love chocolate, but not together!)

Of course they are, but too many are left off this list.

From Coworker J:

Ramona should have a place in every library.

From Friend D:

The International Man Booker longlist (in translation). “Didn’t we just do this?” asked Friend D. “Lord, yes,” I said.

I stand behind this theory; it makes a lot of sense.

“The wild things were Jewish relatives.” 

Bet it gets lonely there without a book.

Fonts are fascinating. Disagree? Watch the documentary “Helvetica.”

Because people still buy books.

I can’t anymore about Harper Lee.

It’s gonna be a trilogy!

Well, duh. 

A truly seminal book – for juveniles AND adults.

How can you fit in if you don’t see yourself in your favorite books?

They should be embarrassed.

How the Little House books happened, from L.I.W. herself.

My short answer? No, I wouldn’t. 

From Mama Bear:

It’s as if these people live on Mars.

Where are the classics? What a terrible list.

Gilbert Blythe and Fitzwilliam Darcy can fight over me anytime.

What unusual pen pals

From Sister A:

Books recommended by the adorable Mindy Kaling.

“There are shadows in your heart.” 

A great tribute to Sister A’s and my favorite book.

But here’s some Beatrix Potter news I can get behind…

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I’ve read a lot since my last post, and I’m sorry I haven’t updated in forever. I needed a book, quickly, and grabbed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? off of a cart in our workroom. Fascinating. So now I have the movie – yes, this is the adaptation – sitting at home from Netflix.

Then, after being #388 on the wait list, I finally read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. When I was young, my mother once said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” so I’m moving on to the next book.

I liked more than I thought I would The Swans of Fifth Avenue, knowing next to nothing about the intersecting stories of Babe Paley and Truman Capote. The author uses description very well, as did the author of my next book, Abroad. (The latter may put you in mind of the Amanda Knox case; read at your own risk.)

Dave Eggers’ cautionary tale The Circle was next, and I liked it quite a lot. It had been recommended to me by my Book-A-Day calendar. Thanks, calendar!

I went on a YA spree then, with Victoria Aveyard’s fantasy books Red Queen and its sequel, Glass Sword. It took me a while to get into the second book. The first one is being made into a movie by Elizabeth “Effie Trinket” Banks (yay).

Then I read The Royal We again. Shut up.

Finally, I picked up Mindy Kaling’s most recent book, Why Not Me, which I think was miles above her first one. Well done, Mindy.


Babies, Babies, Everywhere


And I am very happy!

Last week I had the chance to hop to a branch library and help them out with three baby storytimes in a row: 10:30, 11:30, and 12:15. This was in a different neighborhood from us, and I was particularly interested in seeing what these storytimes would look like, specifically because all three were apparently full, and all had different personalities. It was true! I liked being a “guest storytimer” at this branch, and it was fun to meet a whole new section of babies.

Funnily enough, when I came back to my branch and did another baby storytime, I had a full house here too. Coincidence? You decide.


These two books have always been crowd-pleasers. One Hungry Baby is a traditional book for baby storytime, and has lots of opportunities for movement and baby cuddles. Do You Love Me is a sweet book – good for talking about noses – but is the kind of cutesy book a grownup might get for his/her boyfriend/girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. It also just happens to work well for baby storytime; all the better for me.

One of the perks in working at the main branch is that you never know what will be happening. For instance, I walked in this morning at 11 a.m. to start my shift, and there was the mayor, talking about tax season. Life is funny sometimes.

I want to show off two amazing bulletin boards my coworkers did outside our Teen Space. I wish I could take credit for these, but I can’t. The first is by Coworker L:


This second, by Coworker G:


(I had to cut out part because it had our library website in it.)

Great, right?

Yesterday we had an external group come in and show us how to make light-up LED valentines. I was thrilled I didn’t have to take the lead on this, because I’m not much of a science person – have I mentioned this before? – but they were easy to do, and we had a great turnout of tweens and teens.

Here’s the inside: you have the circuit wire all in place, with the lightbulb and the battery ready to go…


and then you fold over at the dotted line, and hey presto:


The circuit is complete and the bulb lights up.

Yay, science!


The top story: apparently, these things just happen.

A short but moving piece from My Birthday Twin.

I am ultra-excited to see this movie, so it being pushed back makes me irritated.

Beatrix Potter has a new story… with some, er, interesting (and familiar!) illustrations.

From Coworker J:

As someone who just saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (it was fun, go see it!), this is hilarious.

From Friend D:

For all Sherlockians, near and far.

Enough, enough, enough with To Kill a Mockingbirdplease.


How old libraries become new (or don’t)

An excellent question – why aren’t we reading natives?

Lionsgate, please do not mess these movies up! #JackandAnnie

“Books of Love” – Nigerian romances.

Haaaa, haa, that’s… that’s funny.

Impossible, unmappable – you can’t do this.

Libraries as social services.

“I felt like someone had stabbed me in the heart.”

Subscription libraries are not so much a thing of the past.

Oh, please, they’re not going anywhere.

How adaptations are adapted – this one, a story from The Martian.

Most librarians I know would probably like the flask best.

From Friend G:

Where the Wild Things Aren’t, indeed.

From Friend R:

Everyone who is not a librarian is shocked by this. Librarians are like, eh. Don’t read while eating.

From Friend T:

Whit Stillman and Our Jane? This could be interesting.

From Mama Bear:

Bath is included, obviously. 

I do not have a reading problem! Psshht.

So many winners on this list. Particularly the last, which, as you know, is a favorite of Sister A and me.

From Sister A:

I love you, Baltimore!

30 years of solid historical fiction… and yeah, overpriced dolls.

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”

Oy vey ismir. About time.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, everyone had been talking about this book, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. Still, a good read.

Next, a book I must devote some words to: Look Who’s Back.  Yes, it’s a book about Hitler. Yes, it’s funny, but it’s also frighteningly written in Hitler’s “voice” – that is to say, the author has clearly studied Mein Kampf and the way Hitler speaks and writes. Do read it, and even watch it – Netflix is getting on that boat, too.

Finally, I read a historical novel that was sort of like The Crimson Petal and the White + Fight ClubIt got better as it went on.

Snow What’s Up?


Hello from a snowy East coast. I don’t have a huge amount to say, but I do have a huge amount of links, so that’s where this post will go.

I did do a baby storytime on Thursday, January 21, but it’s not really worth mentioning. I hardy remember what was happening at the time, since I was coming down with something, and I knew it. (About an hour later, I ended up being quite sick with a 48-hour-bug, but I’m fine now.) I did read Baby Love and One is a Drummer (which goes up to ten, but we only counted up to five). Remember, you don’t have to read the whole book, front to back, beginning to end. Do what’s right for the storytime and your audience.

And you. At the time, I knew my breakfast wasn’t going to stay put for long, and the dancing elephants in the corners of the room weren’t supposed to be there, so I chugged through storytime and did the best I could.

In exciting news for my department, we’re now allowed to make our own labels! This sounds silly, but it gives us new autonomy. It saves us a LOT of time; we’re not sending books to cataloging and waiting for them to come back, to be fixed in a process that takes, literally, 30 seconds.

Here are my first labels. Aren’t they pretty?


Our labelmaker is clearly the most valuable member of our department.

Coworker J turned me on to the fact that a library in New York put together “storytime boxes” in the 1980s. Check out the space one, for instance, or the dental hygiene one. Interested in turtles? That one has a puppet! There are a few libraries, I know – my hometown system has a branch that lends backpacks of themed books – that offers these. Pop into your local library and see if they do, too.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how valuable an addition Alan Rickman was to literary adaptations. From the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liasons Dangereuses on Broadway almost 30 years ago, to Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, to Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, and in his upcoming final role as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Here, then may be the best place to put the link that Friend T sent me. Thank you, Alan.


My top links will share what to look forward to in 2016…

From the NYT (Sister A)Flavorwire (Friend E)Buzzfeed

Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck is being made into a movie.

From Camp Friend D:

I could add a few to this list

From Friend D:


Coloring pages! Yay!

Look, let me tell you, if a man read aloud (the right book) to me, I’d dig it.

OY. Do NOT get me started on this crazy.

“7.5 percent of nearly 6,000 picture books published between 1900 and 2000 depict female animal protagonists.” WHAT?

What is going on in Hong Kong?

Accurate sketches or no?

Want to be creepy, like Edgar Allan Poe? You can.

The story of Margaret Wise Brown is a fascinating one; she’s worth learning more about.

Pajama pants and drinking. Sounds a lot like my writer friends.

Apps are getting the better of us.

Thoughts about fictional detectives.

The trailer for Stephen King’s 11.22.63.

Emma Watson continues to be amazeballs: this time with a feminist book club.

Have you seen David Bowie’s list of favorite books? He was a voracious reader.

From Friend L:

Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book, too.

From Friend P:

Does your library lend ukeleles? It should!

From Mama Bear:


From Sister A:

An excerpt from Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel!

Friend E and I just watched A Walk in the Woods last week. (I wanted to love it, but, alas.) I’m glad the NYT got around to asking Bill Bryson to participate in By the Book.

It’s not till later this spring, but excitement about Beverly Cleary’s 100th is starting!

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I’ve read a lot since 2016 began. I started off with the most recent book in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It was quite faithful to the original Stieg Larsson trilogy. Next, I picked up Simon Pegg’s autobiography, which was a lot of cheeky fun.

I’m hoping to read more international literature this year, so I picked up a book by Colette – my first! – Claudine at School, which was prettily written and more sexual than I’d expected for a book about a schoolgirl. Then I read the two newest YA books in the Lizzie Skurnick list: one, a story about a Puritan girl, and another a Louise Fitzhugh I’d never heard of.

Finally, I finished an advance reader’s copy of a historical novel about Lady Jane Grey and then next a YA book that I read and promptly forgot.

Toddler Storytime, Friday, December 4


I was thrilled to do a surprise! storytime on Monday – I haven’t been doing nearly as many as I’d like, which is my own fault for signing up too late – and rounded up some new books to do with the little ones. They were almost all successful.


Hop, Hop, Jump! was a good way for them to get their sillies out, and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed needs no discussion. I personally loved Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!but it would have been better suited for the preschool crowd, who generally love robots more and would have understood the twist ending, which was lost on this crowd.

Yesterday we had a fabulous storytime training. Have you heard of Mother Goose on the Loose, my dear chickadees? It’s a quite specific method of storytime: focused, drum-tight, and set in a routine, and I’m looking forward to trying it. We were trained by the creator of the program, and even got to participate in a sample storytime, as if we were the kids. (Note: you can be trained all you want, but you won’t really “get” it until you see the storytime in person.)

I haven’t mentioned my Sisterly Thanksgiving Field Trip yet. While at home visiting our parents, Sister A and I took a trip to Hagerstown to see an art exhibit near and dear to our hearts.

Who didn’t grow up with Golden Books?


It brought back so many memories for us (and we’re in our 20s and 30s) – most of the exhibited artwork was from books published in the 1950s, so it would have made much more an impression on Mama Bear and Daddio, I’m sure. My favorite piece was done by Richard Scarry, about whom more later.

It was only a small exhibit, but they did have some fun interactive action for the kiddos.


(Or non-kiddos like myself, as the case may be.)

Later, we hit up our favorite used bookstore – it was Small Business Saturday, so we were happy to give them our patronage on that day, of all days, and I snagged a copy of my first favorite book ever, Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (I literally went through copy after copy as a toddler, and may have actually torn one or two copies to shreds.) I already own a copy, but the one I purchased that Saturday was from the mid-1960s and cost me all of $4.

Now, you may remember a recent brouhaha about how the Best Word Book Ever has changed over the years, so when we got back home, Sister A and I put the two copies cover to cover to see the differences. We paged through them, and boy, have they changed. There is no more Wild West page with depictions of “Indians” and “Squaws” (YIKES).

Here’s a side-by-side cover comparison.


How many differences can you spot on the cover alone between the original and the revised edition? The policeman is now a female police officer; Papa Rabbit is now helping with breakfast; women can be farmers too… etc. etc. Oh, the times they are a-changin’.


In the top spot, from friend L. For Harry Potter fans: the Weasley twins’ fates were right in front of us all along…

This is frankly unsettling.

From Friend D:

Because Turkish Delight is a mystery to Americans, as you’ll see in this article.

The same Dutch architecture firm has been tasked with redoing the main branches of the New York and Washington, D.C. public libraries.


The story is more than the headline.

Well, learn something horrifying every day.

From Friend G:

Excellent choices; I approve, NYT.

From Mama Bear:

Nice to see that President Obama was also at a bookstore for Small Business Saturday. (Where did he get the cash from? Does he go to ATMs? How does that work for the President? Does he just hop out of a limo and stop at the nearest Chase? These are the questions that keep me up at night.)

All the more reason  to go to the Hunterian Museum if you’re in London. It’s fantastic, and like a less outrageous Mutter Museum.

Goucher shoutout holla! #Emma

A love letter to Reading is Fundamental.

Poor grammar makes me, like, go bananas.

Need a new podcast, booklovers? Look no further.

From Sister A:

I hope our Teen Space looks this good after our remodeling!

More Daphne du Maurier from The Toast for your viewing pleasure.

A follow-up to Mama Bear’s link on Emma.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I read a Judy Blume I’d never read before – one that I’d skipped somehow in my original pre-teen foray through. Don’t judge me!

Then I read a YA book that I loved. It has so much heart, and a protagonist that you will love. I highly recommend it.

And then! There are a bunch of authors “updating” Jane Austen novels, and I managed to get hold of an advanced readers’ copy of Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld’s retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Honestly? I liked it. *ducks from tomatoes*

Most recently, I finished a book I didn’t like very much, but had to wait on the holds list for (isn’t that always the way?). It was… meh. I know Sister A read it, but forgot to ask her how she liked it.

Gumdrop Wishes and Licorice Dreams


Saturday was International Games Day, and we thought we’d do something really fun in the children’s room. I mean, the Teen Space has its board games, and we lent our Wii to the adults, who could play that or some card games – Yu-Gi-Oh! or Magic or Pokemon, etc. – so we really wanted to go all out for the little ones.

One of my coworkers had done a life-sized Candyland before, and we all agreed that that would be a lot of fun.

But it was also a LOT of work. We cut and taped and measured and formatted – and everyone pitched in. It was one of the best examples of teamwork I’d seen since I’d started at Main Branch. (And since this is going to be our last International Games Day here at Main Branch before we remodel, we wanted to go out with a bang.)

Once we’d set everything up, it looked amazing. All the landmarks were there:

Molasses Swamp:


Gumdrop Mountain:


King Licorice’s Castle and the Ice Cream Sea:


(A closer look at the Ice Cream Sea):


Begin at the beginning.


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Choose any path through Candyland, even the Rainbow Trail (sorry for the glare):


But don’t land on a licorice piece, or you’ll be stuck there for a turn…


Here’s the end! You’ve reached Candy Castle! Hurrah!


And here’s this sign:


We gave away a boatload of prizes and library swag: lunchbags, rubber duckies, drawstring bags, softballs left over from summer reading… since we’re getting into “move out” mode, we’re trying our best to clean out as much as possible.

We had a large turnout, with more attendees than we anticipated. The best part was that it was a passive program, so people could play at their own pace, whenever they wanted.

In other artsy news, Coworker P made this amazing turkey out of books. Isn’t this little guy just the most?



In the top spot, from Sister A, Shakespeare’s Choose Your Own Adventure.

Congrats to Neal Shusterman, who won the 2015 National Book Award for Challenger Deep (which I just finished and was amaaaaazing)!

A few secrets in here…

From Book Club Friend A:

Be careful with book titles – there are a lot of similar-sounding ones out there…

From Camp Friend D:

This takes some serious hard work

From Friend D:

She’s more than just “Art Spiegelman’s wife.”

A scientific look at the book/movie debate.

Undiscovered Charlotte Bronte works! Wow…

anyone else? 2015 is almost over….

Classic comics redux.

Why isn’t this everywhere yet?

A closer look at Baltimore’s “Book Thing.” It is even more awesome than the story depicts.

“The New Yorker Story.”

From Mama Bear:

Margaret Wise Brown and… modernism?

Yes, Horton Heard a Hitler.

From Sister A:

OH, IT’S ON! #hometownlove #GivingTuesday

But I love my old covers better…. (pouts)

What would Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Claudia, and Dawn read? (Well, we know Claudia’s a Nancy Drew fan…)

Americans missed the boat on Enid Blyton.

“An interesting little list,” says Sister A. Ribbit.

An interview with Rainbow Rowell? Okay… (see below)!

It’s interesting when a call to read comes from a TV station.

It’s that time of year when we start writing up best lists.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I’ve been a little slacky on books lately (sorry), without anything coming in on my holds list.

I read Beautiful Boy, an incredibly moving memoir about a father’s journey through his son’s addiction. It was not easy to read, but important.


I did read Carry On, Rainbow Rowell’s newest book, which is fictional fanfic (I can’t explain it, you have to be there), spinning out from Fangirl.  It’s about a boy wizard (I know) at a wizard school (I know) trying to defeat the most evil wizard there is (I know). And let’s be frank – this is NOT Harry Potter. It’s a sweet, meaningful book, LGBT-friendly, full of suspense and magic and JUST READ IT ALREADY.

Baby Storytime, 11/12/15 and Toddler Storytime, 11/13/15


Happy Friday the 13th, chickadees!

The babies of Thursday were so sweet. I didn’t take pictures of my two books (sorry), but we read Who Said Meow and the BIG BOOK version of The Wheels on the Bus. More songs – I’m getting so much better at “Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon”! – and there you have Baby Storytime.

My toddlers were both all over the place and sedentary today. It’s so odd.


We started with I See Kitty, which is new and frankly adorable, and they just weren’t into it – they were wandering and not paying attention. Remember, this is perfectly normal for that age, so it’s not like preschoolers were doing it and being inappropriate.

Then we sang “Shake My Sillies Out,” and I pulled out “Way Far Away on a Wild Safari,” which has a comforting rhythm to it. During my read of that, they were super-riveted. It may have been the active song we’d just sung, it may have been the rhythm, but the wandering stopped, all eyes were on me, and we did the actions together.

Go figure.


In the top spot: It’s not like this is a surprise, but it’s nice to get confirmation.

Cats and books, books and cats.

Don’t you just love this guy?

A new blog post from Jill Morrow!

From Friend D:

“The Statistical Dominance of Dr. Seuss.”

How’d you do? I did not do well.

I just checked her newest one out today! YAY!

You don’t hear much about typography today, but you should.

What say you about an actual Amazon store?

Learn more about the Octavia Butler archives.

Clearly a website I’m going to have to start following.


From Friend H:

How terrific is this? Don’t you want to stay here, forever?

From Mama Bear:

The side of libraries you never see…

… and how books move inside them.

A great review of a new YA book, written by a Baltimore private school librarian and Newbery medal winner!

“A public library is a public trust.”

How Richard Scarry’s books have changed over the years.

Huzzah! Huzzah! Emma is live!

Huzzah huzzah again for Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

What’s a No-Maj? Find out here.

A lovely Alice wandering through Oxford.

Could you pick just one? I don’t think I could.

“So on the nose,” Mama Bear wrote. Hilarious as always.

The startling voice of Mercer Mayer.

As a copyright move, it makes perfect sense.

From Sister A:

I feel Grumpy (Cat) about this.

Read on, Gryffindors!

Depending on how old you are, you might get really excited about this, like Sister A and I did.

How are book covers designed? Confessions from one such designer.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I thought this sounded so interesting, but alas, I just couldn’t finish it. I tried! Next, I read an interesting little book that had its basis in fact, and read like a delightful non-fiction book. (That’s a first: a novel that reads like non-fiction, but in the best way.)

The next book I read is a finalist for the National Book Award in young people’s literature, and rightly so. It was creative and thoughtful and brilliant. Finally, I picked up a book I’d been dying to read, and it too was a winner. It felt Hitchcockian and DuMaurier-like, and more like a novella than a proper book.

Miscellany, 11.2.15


Here are a few things worth sharing:

Mama Bear was in Michael’s (the art supply store) today and saw this:

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I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised – there’s Jane Austen everything!

Boss handed out books AND candy on Halloween, and she said most of the kids chose the books. How awesome is that?

Speaking of Halloween, I went in full Harry Potter mode.


(There is a scar, but you have to look hard to the right of my head to see it.) The wand is a long paintbrush, and that is indeed a Gryffindor badge on my robe, which is Sister A’s undergrad graduation robe. She is not getting it back.

I worked on Saturday, and we were just empty. I would have guessed that we’d have at least some patrons, and those in costume, but nope. I mean, we had some, but no one stayed for long and it wasn’t a thrilling day. We’d had our Halloween events the weekend before, so perhaps that was why.

One of our cutest little boys was absolutely captivated today by a flock of birds flying by the window. They kept going back and forth, back and forth, and his face lit up each time they went by. Such simple joy.

On the other hand of that child coin, we have a father who comes in with his child – she’s perhaps four – and he treats her with contempt and rides her so hard to learn. They were in the Early Literacy playroom today, where we have a play kitchen, foam blocks, and some toys, and he pulled her out after about five minutes because, as he said to her, “you play with too many toys.” SHE IS A YOUNG CHILD, my good sir. He sits and drills her at the computer over her letters, and I can see the frustration and nervousness in her body language.

(Most disturbingly – and this is a trigger warning here for possible abuse, so you may want to skip to the next paragraph – I’ve had to speak to him a few times about his language directed at her, and once had to ask him to leave because he struck her. He mouthed off to me  (“Are you telling me I can’t discipline my own child?”) and I responded with, “Sir, you can discipline your child at home as you see fit, but we do not permit violence in our libraries, so I’m afraid you need to leave.”)

For every lovely moment I have with some children, there’s another moment that is not so lovely.

We received our new goals for next year. At first none of them thrilled me, but as I look, I’m getting more interested. I want to do more social media outreach, and partner with some of our local groups, and observe some of the myriad programs and classes in other departments here in Main Branch. Maybe even my committee work will count. That’d be pretty excellent.

We are weeding our way through the collection. Now we’re up to languages.


What a great problem to have, huh?

From Friend D:

One of the more positive reviews of “Robert Galbraith”‘s new book.

Getting back what’s lost in the interwebs.

Two creative authors have a discussion.

“If a book transports me, I am content.”

A lifetime’s work….

This is news? Judy Blume taught me everything I needed to know, so more recent authors are filling her void.


Crazy, but brilliant.

Want to make books come alive? Try these.

I don’t know how I feel about this – accessibility is a fine thing, but those books on a bookshelf are so impressive.

It’s a worldwide phenomenon!

I love this dude!

From Friend L:

I got “lilac, fresh linens, and iced lemonade.” Can’t argue with that.”

Watch yer grammar, kids.

From Mama Bear:

If what’s in this letter is true, this is an example of how being pro-technology, among other problems, can ruin a library system.

Disagree; libraries aren’t that bad off. (Boy, Mama Bear’s links are depressing right now, huh?)

Everything seems so much more right when LeVar Burton is involved.

“Shades of Harper Lee,” wrote Mama Bear in her email, but this seems to be vetted by the author, which brings me great excitement!

In What’s Annabelle Reading: I felt very special reading Bill Bryson’s newest book, which a) I bought in Cardiff, and b) none of you people can even read yet, because it’s not available in the U.S. till 2016! So ha ha to you.