Saturday, July 14, 2018

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.  E. B. White

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Book of Beginnings

Origins of a Story by Jake Grogan

Which author was asked "For God's Sake, Peggy, can't you write a book instead of reading thousands of them?"  Which author wrote a book as a result of tending an ailing animal?  Which author wrote a famous inspirational book while battling cancer late in his life?

You'll find out if you read this book.  I confess to you that I did not read this book cover to cover.  I wasn't interested in all of the books Mr. Grogan shared.  I read about books and authors I was interested in, because I had read them.  I did read about the origins of famous books that I have yet to read and would like to.  Others I have left to you to discover.

The stories are one to three pages long, so this book would be great to take along with you when you have to wait in line at the grocery store or at the doctor's office.  I came away understanding the writer's advice to always write what you know.  So many of the books came as a direct result of personal experiences of the authors or were a literary response to what was in the headlines at the time.  This was an enjoyable read that I can recommend without reservation to you.


Until next time...

PS  The answers are Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), E.B. White (Charlotte's Web), and Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blueberry Bliss

July 11 was National Blueberry Muffin Day.  I found that out a little late in the game otherwise I would have made some muffins to share with my family and coworkers.  I posted on Facebook about my need to go in search of the perfect muffin and a little while later I received a message from a friend and patron letting me know they would be by the library in the afternoon to drop off my muffin.  We could not have more lovely patrons!  This morning I enjoyed a belated celebration with a cup of tea and a newly discovered favorite magazine.  Life. Is. Good.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Circulation Desk Confessions

I thought that it might be a good idea to share with you some (possibly) universal, yet unacknowledged truths about librarians.  Increased understanding of our merry, but quiet band will certainly make your next trip to the library more enjoyable.

- Yes, our TBR piles are completely out of control.  We spend time reading library publications and book catalogs to order material for the library, we share what we're reading with each other, and patrons share what they are reading with us as well.  Our literary eyes are bigger than our stomach, if you will, and we just keep adding to that pile of books.  As long as we can see over that pile, we feel like it's not that bad really.

- Cardigans are an official part of our uniform.  There's even a class in the Master's of Library and Information Sciences program to guide the fledgling librarian in choosing the right style and color cardigan.  OK, that's not true, but it probably should be.

- We really do judge you when you bring trashy books to the desk.  We say we don't, but that's just because we don't want to make you feel badly about yourself.

- Along with that, if you share a name with a literary character, especially a bookish literary character (think Jo March, for one), we are truly disappointed if you consistently check out bodice ripper novels.  We just expect so much more from you.

- We sometimes experience name envy.  Some of our patrons have names that sound like they stepped right out of a great novel.  You have no idea how much we would like to be part of a great novel.  We don't want to write the novel, we want to be a character in a novel.  How cool would that be?!

- We firmly believe that all libraries should have a cat...even though our director may disagree.

- We really do drink tea.  By. The. Gallon.

- We might not remember your name, but we do remember that you consistently check out books by Baldacci, Brunstetter, Patterson, Macomber, King, get the idea.  

- Lastly, 2 minutes before closing time is NOT a good time to bring your materials up to the desk to check out and tell the exhausted librarian jokes.  We are not amused.

PS We really do value and enjoy you our loyal patrons.  You bring a smile to our hearts!  I hope this list made you laugh today.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Financial Know-How

Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze

Yes, this is Dave Ramsey's daughter.  Yes, she does go over many of the same principles that her father teaches.  So, what's to like about this book if you've already read Dave Ramsey's material?  

What I love about this book is that she's young, she's been married only a few years, hasn't been in the work force for that long, and only has one child.  She is where so many other young people are right now -  but without the debt.  She can speak to the transitions and pressures that young adults are facing, but with sound financial wisdom.  She totally understands the desire to have all of the toys right now, but also has financial boundaries in place to keep herself from foolish decisions.  I found her writing engaging and friendly.  I felt as if I was having a conversation with a friend who had my best interests at heart.

I think this would be a great book to give an engaged couple to begin the financial conversations before the wedding so they can actually enjoy some wedded bliss.  If you are one who does premarital counseling, this would be a wonderful resource to add to your library.  As an older woman who has children who are in the young adult stage of life, I enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me of things that I need to practice more diligently and I felt encouraged about the areas in which I'm doing well.  I encourage you all to check out this title.

Until next time...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Mourning

One of the realities of working at a library is that we need to remove old books to make way for new books.  Some times we're simply replacing an older, well-read, well-loved copy with a new copy that a new generation of readers will grow to appreciate and love.  Some times a book simply isn't circulating any longer and it just needs to be removed. 

I understand all of this - in my head.  Often I can totally understand the reason why a book is no longer being read.  Much popular fiction is written in the moment rather than with a sense of timelessness, there's no enduring message or lesson.  It quickly becomes dated and uninteresting.

Other times my heart just can't agree.  I love the author Dick King-Smith.  If you've seen the movie Babe, I recommend that you go to your local library and find his books.  His books are funny, touching, and delightful.  Everything a children's book should be.  I loved reading his books to my children when they were in elementary school.  I can still remember the cozy warmth of snuggling in with Sophie's Tom, Babe, Clever Lollipop, and Lady Lollipop.  I have beautiful hot cocoa with extra marshmallows kind of memories when I think of his books. 

It makes me sad.  I'm sad for the authors whose books are being forgotten.  A truly good author puts a bit of himself or herself into each book written - a part of a person is being lost.  I'm sad for the readers who will never get to meet the author and the characters that have been skillfully crafted.  I'm sad for the families who won't have the same opportunity to make beautiful memories with this author and with Sophie.

My plea to you, my friend, is not to overlook the old in favor of the new - at least not all of the time.  Make friends with older titles.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.  And you'll make a librarian's day a little brighter!

Until next time...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day just happened to coincide with my Saturday to work at the library.  Librarians absolutely support celebrating the day, so we picked up some chocolate glazed doughnuts and hot chocolate (for me) and coffee (for my co-workers).  How did you or how will you celebrate such a wonderful day?  Did you or will you make any chocolate desserts?

Until next time...

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.  E. B. White