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Reading: The Affordable Pastime

I like to cook on occasion, and I really enjoy browsing through stores like The Cook’s Nook.  There’s something about all of those kitchen gadgets that is very seductive.  They are all hanging there on the wall or in little bins, just crying out to help you make whatever it is that

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Oh the Places You’ll Go . . .

I’m going to let you in on my little secret . . . are you ready?  I love to visit other libraries when traveling.  While on vacation, most people probably like to visit all the sights and sounds, but I like to see what’s going on in other libraries, particularly their children’s

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A Weeding Wimp

My husband and I have been turning one of our empty bedrooms into his “library” for more months than I care to admit.  The good news is we are done painting!   The wood floor has been stripped and finished!   This Saturday we cleaned the windows inside and out and the blinds!  Whew!  The hard

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Crazy Busy!!!

  Summer is busy.  We get that.  But the new phrase I’m hearing is “crazy busy.”  As in, “I’m sorry I can’t make it to your birthday party, we’re just crazy busy right now!” My question is, when does “busy” become “crazy busy?”  Is there an intrinsic level of insanity that reaches a

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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

p5rn7vb 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

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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.