Category Archives: Library

Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. 5

I have been in some discussions lately about censorship and freedom of speech, mostly because of those Time and NYT articles about Sarah Palin and banned books and I am not getting into all of that here because that’s not really what this blog is about. You should just know that I do care passionately […]

Of what is past, or passing, or to come. 0

When Mike was still getting up a whole lot later than I was, we put a little travel clock in the bathroom so that I wouldn’t have to open the door and disturb him with bright blinding bathroom light to know what time it was in the mornings. Now that he and I get up […]

This week by the numbers. 7

Sweaters with apples on them: 1. Sweaters with apples on them worn by me: 0. (I hope you knew this already.) Times I sang the “Jeans Day” song this morning: At least 5. (I got to wear jeans! To work!) Times before this week I have been jealous of Mike getting to wear jeans on […]

“There was never an age in which useless knowledge was more important than our own.” 4

If you’ve been around here at all to hear me talk about my high school days, you know that the thing that made them bearable was the Quiz Bowl team. Those hours spent in my school library shaped me in so many ways, and I look back on them with pure pleasure. There’s not much […]

My huckleberry friend. 6

“When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination […]

Librarians are hipster party people. 1

The New York Times says so. Who are you to argue with The New York Times?

Two things. 5

It’s National Library Week! Hug a librarian this week! Or send her presents! I mean, if you know a librarian. Who might like presents. Or chocolate. I bet she likes chocolate. And, 50 Books posted this interesting story about how Yann Martel (Canadian author of Life of Pi) has started sending books to the Canadian […]

Rock the library! 7

Once upon a time, Harry and the Potters played at the Greensboro Public Library on a Saturday afternoon. I had to work that day. I did not get to go. But then! Then Harry and the Potters came back! And I got to be there! While they rocked the library! It was a good time […]

Someone really should have warned me about this. 4

I’m not too sure how I feel about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. “Yes?” The librarian did not bother to look up. “Cold you recommend a good book for a girl?” “How old?” “She is eleven.” Each week Francie made the same request and each week the librarian asked the same question. A name on […]

Librarians convening 10

I’ve heard that you can always tell a librarian conference by the abundance of sensible shoes and totebags. (For the record, I carried a totebag for my notebook, my novel, and my waterbottle, but I was not wearing sensible shoes.) So when I wasn’t sure exactly where to go for my registration, I followed the […]

I’m going to see Nancy Pearl! 6

At least, it looks like I am. She’s speaking at NCLA this year about Reader’s Advisory (“I like this book, can you recommend some similar books?”) and I’m going to go. What’s that? You don’t know who Nancy Pearl is? Yes you do: She’s the Seattle librarian who was the inspiration for the librarian action […]

On organizing a domestic library 9

I personally find that for domestic [library] purposes, the Trivial Pursuit system works better than Dewey. -Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree It surprises people when I tell them that I don’t categorize my books alphabetically or by Dewey Decimal or something. I used to arrange them alphabetically, but I quit doing that because books that […]

Don’t change your plans for me 7

I have new plans for the evening, as In the Company of Cheerful Ladies has just been handed to me with a post-it note featuring my name. This morning I started Gaudy Night (comfort reading at its finest), but I am excited about having this new book instead. Have I ever mentioned my love of […]

A long way down to the place where we started from 5

While doing the summer ordering, I keep coming across A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Every. Single. Time. I see it, I start singing in my head, “Your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried . . .” This is fine, except that I will still be singing […]

It’s not cheating if you don’t get caught 27

Yesterday I got a frantic phone call from my aunt, who was on the golf course in Florida. She was playing in some tournament or other, and they had been given some sort of game where they had to list all the characters in Alice in Wonderland. They weren’t allowed to look it up, but […]

A bit of library humor 12

I was talking with my friend Marie-Claude shortly after finishing the first draft of this book. She said, “Speaking of encyclopedias, I have to tell you this unreal but true story. You know my friend ——, right? Well, she used to work at Encyclopedia Britannica. She was working on a new edition. And I’ve actually […]

Nothing is small, nothing is unexpected 5

I have said before that I don’t have much to post when I am not reading anything. I would like to amend that statement. I don’t have much to post when I’m not reading anything I love. I have read a lot lately, but nothing that I feel really passionate about. I started The Red […]

Good googly moogly! 10

I was flipping through one of the catalogues here at work, looking at some books that are going to be published in March, and what did I see? Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott I actually said, “Good googly moogly!” in my head. This is good news indeed. (And what a great […]

Week in, week out 11

Right now I am reading a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while: The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs. You may have heard of it – it’s the one about the guy who reads the Encyclopedia Britannica all the way through. It’s truly one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. […]

I’m a hazard to myself 21

So, most of you know, but for those who don’t . . . yesterday I sprained my foot. I am still not exactly sure what happened, but here is what I think happened. One of the other ladies here at the library asked me to give her backup at the desk, so I stood up […]