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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I have been told by numerous people to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. “It’s so incredible,” they’d tell me. “You’ll just love it!” I didn’t love it. And that’s ok. Maybe this book just isn’t for me.  Maybe I’m not in the right mood for it.  Maybe the style in

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Match Day and the Paper Lion

On Match Day (Wednesday, March 5) at the McPherson County Community Foundation, library supporters will have the opportunity to boost the library Endowment Fund and have their donations matched by MCCF at 50 cents on the dollar.  This is a great fundraising opportunity, but it is not the first nor the most

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Love at First Sight

It was love at first sight.  The first time I picked up these books, I was smitten.  I had to read ALL of them!  Fortunately, the tiny library in the small corner of Africa where I lived had plenty on the shelves.  And so began my love affair with books and libraries. Around

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Say WHAT?

I love my job!   What could be better for a book-loving extrovert than working at the service desk?  I not only get to hang out with all sorts of interesting people, but I get to help them find a good read or a new author! Part of my job is  to help people

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My Surprise Find

A few days ago, a patron brought back an audiobook, saying that it was skipping.  How frustrating to get halfway through a book, then miss a part because all you hear is eh—so—we—then—!  It’s like listening to the edited version of rap. Still, I ended up benefiting from this disaster.  After cleaning the

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It’s Been a Very Good Five Years!

 Where were you on February 13th, 2009?  Were you one of the hundreds of people who came to the grand re-opening of the library on that day? It’s five years later and we’re celebrating the still-lovely and spacious surroundings – the beautiful stained glass, the refurbished Sandzen behind the service desk, the doubled space for the collection, the comfortable basement

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Perfection in a Small Box

Cleaning CDs, if we clean them at all, usually involves a quick brush over something soft.  Not so in the case of cleaning LP record albums in the days of high fidelity; for those of us who considered ourselves to be audiophiles, it was almost a ritual! If you wanted perfectly clean records,

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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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All the Right Numbers

Many of you know that, since June of last year, I have been working out in the fiction stacks, identifying books which will comprise our new genres.  That phase of the project is now complete, and the time is approaching, in mid-February, when we will move all of the books into the

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Don’t Be Surprised if You See . . .

At the library, we tend to meet all kinds of people from various walks of life –  it is a great place for people with different interests and backgrounds to come together.  Here is just a sampling of the fascinating people we might meet at the library: The cowboy who likes to read about alternative energy.