Author Archive

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What Happened to Ned?

The other day the weirdest thing happened to me.  I was shelving paperback books when I spotted a small volume from the Nancy Drew Files series.  I immediately got excited!  Could it be Nancy Drew Case File #24 that I’ve been looking for my whole life?  I’ve scoured garage sales, rummage sales,

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Judging a Book by it’s Cover

p5rn7vb 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.

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It’s All in How You Phrase It

Do you ever get so attached to the characters you’re reading about that you begin to care for them as if they were real people?  Recently I was listening to the audiobook version of To Kill a Mockingbird and inadvertently created a plot twist that did not exist.  I must admit, I

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An Old Photography Shop

People request all sorts of information at the library:  from the mundane to the downright strange, we get them all.  Just this last month, I received an email requesting a number from the McPherson Telephone Directory from 1947. The man was writing a book set in McPherson during that era and wanted to be

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Kansas Connections

The Wizard of Oz and tornadoes:   In all my travels, those are the two things people will think of immediately when I say I’m from Kansas.  But when their comments bring up other connections to Kansas, I really perk up and start listening. So it really caught my attention, as I’m reading Never Tell by

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Torn Pages: A Tale from Book Repair

This story usually begins with a parent pulling a bashful, sometimes teary-eyed child up to the front desk. The child then confesses to “hurting” or “breaking” the book and apologizes. If this is your child, don’t worry we see this all the time, its just part of kids learning to read. More often than not this tale

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The Book that Fell Apart

Here’s one of life’s lessons: there are situations you cannot fix.  Sometimes you just have to move on and let go. Well, I faced this recently while working in book repair. See those pieces laying in front of the book?  That’s what was left of the spine.  And if that weren’t enough, the

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The Things we do for Books

During the lifetime of a book, it receives a lot of wear and tear.  When it’s your favorite book, the coffee ring on the cover and the dog-eared corners don’t matter.  Neither do those few pages you may scotch taped just to hold it all together.  But here at the library, when I