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Microwave Mentality

Few people would disagree that America today has what I like to call a “microwave mentality.”  We want things when we want them — right now – and sometimes we are willing to sacrifice quality in the name of brevity. Just like microwaving a frozen dinner instead of taking the time to prepare a

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We’ll Put Them on the List

The popularity of lists — particularly the hackneyed “bucket list” continues unabated.  Many people love to devour lists featuring exotic destinations around the world, for example, which are required viewing “before you die”.   The clock is ticking, folks, so you’d better make your reservations now. The world of books is no different.  There’s

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Westward Ho!

Library carts served as our Conestoga wagons last month as we moved the entire fiction collection — all 22,449 books — to different shelves in the fiction area. The hardy pioneers on our staff loaded up carts and made many treks back and forth to get all the books re-shelved. We started at the

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover?

It’s common knowledge that  one should never judge a book by its cover.  However, I must admit that  I do — and probably even more often judge a book by its title.  The other day at the service desk  Brenda turned to me and said ” You should do a blog post

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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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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

zv7qrnb 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