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The Amazon Public Library

When Amazon announced their new Kindle Unlimited service last week, it certainly caught my attention.  For a fee of $9.99 per month, anyone with a Kindle can download as many eBooks as they can read from a selection of more than 600,000 titles.  It is all instant access, with no waiting lists.

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Judging a Book by it’s Cover

We’ve all heard it said, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  I for one know I have been guilty of doing just that.  Often times the cover is what draws me in to pick up a book in the first place.  In the library, we also find that to be true.  Books

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Say “Goodbye” to One Library Myth

For the past several years the Pew Research Center has studied our nation’s public libraries — how Americans view and use them, and what their future might be.  In the process, they have demolished more than a few myths and uncovered some surprises. One of those myths to fall under the weight of

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The Librarian who Came in From the Cold

I was once accused of working covertly for the CIA. This would have been quite funny if I hadn’t been staring down the barrel of an AK-47 at the time.  It was a colossal case of being in the wrong place (Mozambique) at the the wrong time (in the middle of a

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Slanted

I’ve spent considerable time working in the book stacks over the past year as part of our Genre Project.  Part of that project included identifying volumes on the shelves that were in poor condition and withdrawing them from the collection — librarians call that process “weeding”. Many of the titles I weeded had been read until they

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Failure is the New Cheese

The world of publishing is indeed mysterious at times.  I notice, with some regularity, that different publishers frequently issue books on the same topic at about the same time.  Of course, when it comes to big events like the 100th anniversary of the First World War, one would expect to see this. 

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Going to the Dogs This Summer

When local teacher, Mary Jo Staab, volunteered to come to the library each week this summer with her therapy dog, we jumped at the chance to make it happen. Callie is a beautiful black labrador with a sweet, friendly disposition.  She’s also a highly trained therapy dog who works in the local

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British to Study Children and Mobile Devices

Modern electronic technology as we know it — the Internet, iPads, iPhones, eReaders, and everything else – is still a relative newcomer to the scene in terms of history.  We have only recently been made aware of its darker side.  I won’t go into the details of the research, but it indicates that

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“Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya!”

One of our student workers just returned from a vacation to Jamaica. While rearranging the staff schedule to cover her absence, I was a more than a tiny bit jealous of her — sun, sand, palms swaying in the breeze.  I could just picture her returning with a gorgeous tan, a Caribbean

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The Book Business

Libraries and bookstores share much in common, and librarians have been known to jump ship and dive into the bookstore business, either as owners or employees.  I also know a few librarians who formerly were associated with bookstores.  Sometimes, a person just can’t get enough books! Those who have lived in McPherson