Yesterday I sent my director an email with the subject line “potential mini golf & Bonsai conflict”
This is how you know you are librarianing right.
Lunch break. Goddamnit I love working here! Ugh you should see the books I came upon in Cutter today. I took pictures, but I’ll have to post them later. Libraries are so underrated it’s not even funny.
If I keep an open mind I feel like I can have amazing experiences here like the one I had yesterday (before the Awful Incident) and the one I’m having right now every day! The things I’m realizing, the ideas that are happening, the creative juices are boiling. Yes! Yes to libraries! Yes yes yes.
Thought I recognized that campus. (And of course Cutter really narrowed it down to, like, MHC and the Holyoke Public Library.) Huzzah, MHC, home of the Simmons GSLIS West program and also a great place for stroller strolls!
Tumblarians I need your help!
One of our book clubs is looking for a nonfiction title that a member heard about several years ago (he thinks on NPR) about a fleet of Japanese sailors who ignored orders and returned home before the WWII surrender. Haven’t been able to find it yet, any ideas?
Reader’s Advisory Crowd-Sourcing
A school librarian friend is finalizing assigned summer reading and writes,
"I am looking for a nonfiction book about french or irish teenagers (because these are trips planned for next year). Any suggestions?"
Can you help us?
I know this is totally beside the point, but that’s a pretty high proportion of non-human books. Aliens? Cats? Elves?
Okay I am so fucking pumped right now
At a library by my house, at the end of May they’re gonna have a TFiOS premiere party okay and we come in pajamas, watch Vlogbrother, sci-show, and crash course videos, have TFiOS and everything nerdfighter related trivia, IN A GIANT BLANKET FORT, AND THEY’RE GIVING AWAY 100 COPIES OF TFiOS
I AM SO FUCKING PUMPED
(Speaking of which @datfrenchiedoee thought you might wanna go because Ashley will probably be busy and stuff and yeah happy birthday and stuff)
I’m at a library that’s way too small for something on this scale, but I’ve spent the day planning our TFIOS party, and it’s not looking too shabby.
I told my husband when I was 75% done with this, an e-galley I’d received from NetGalley. He wanted to know if it was a good book. I told him I didn’t know yet. There is a difference between a good book and one you enjoy reading, and at that point, I only knew it was the latter.
Now I’m finished and thinking about how all the pieces fit together and also about John’s question. And I think — yes. The fairy tale allusions add depth and resonance. The characters are vivid, though only gradually revealed, with echoes of the Buchanans and King Lear’s daughters. The language is lyrical without being distractingly, infuriatingly poetic. The setting inspires pure longing, with the island almost a character in its own right.
So yeah, a good book.
Advise me: Summer Reading Prizes for YAs
Last year I got a pretty good stash of ARCs, comic books, rock gym memberships, burrito gift cards and movie vouchers donated. I’ve got the funds to do a bit of shopping this year, though.
What’s your strategy? Or are you against incentivizing reading?