Lindsay Faye’s novel The Paragon Hotel is a book about a lot, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Without giving too much away, this is an atmospheric read set in the 1920’s (cue the flappers and liquid contraband). The story is told by a character who mentally refers to herself as “Nobody.”… Continue reading The Paragon Hotel: A Review
If you haven’t, you really should. She’s cute, helpful, and has a ton of free e-content, and looks a bit like the Wendy’s ™ logo. Don’t you think? Libby, Overdrive’s free app, is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. Libby is available for Android, iOS,… Continue reading Have you met Libby?
As Kerri announced in a post back in December, this year’s One Book, One Watertown selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean! I’m so excited about this choice, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite children’s books about libraries and librarians. Here’s a roundup of some stellar picture books for all… Continue reading The Library Book(s)
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, I’m sure you know that the library offers so much more than books (not that the books are anything to sneeze at, you understand). For many years, we have tried to open access to the online world by teaching basic classes in computer use, social media, email,… Continue reading Getting a Technological Edge
I’ve loved mythology ever since I learned how to read. In elementary school, I would sneak into the school library during lunchtime to meet Ms. Mitchell, the librarian, who had stacks of mythology books set aside for me. She even let me sit at her desk while she checked in material, and I devoured myth… Continue reading New Year, New Classics
At the WFPL, time is very much on our minds these days. Naturally, with the start of the new year, we have fresh planners in our pockets and blank calendars on our walls. In 2019, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the library, so we’re gearing up for a year’s worth of festivities. And… Continue reading A Triumvirate of Timepieces
I love examining the statistics associated with library materials at the end of each calendar year. And, in libraries, there are so many numbers: which titles were checked out the most; what collections have fallen out of popularity; what subjects have a growing interest. (Who knew macramé, canning and paper folding were going to make… Continue reading Libraries & Numbers