Voices That Need To Be Heard

So many amazing authors don’t get read. They are not called to do publicity tours. Their voices are not represented on best seller lists. Their books sit silently on shelves hoping for the recognition that is greatly deserved. It’s sad for the authors, and it’s sad for the readers. Many times, these authors are minorities.… Continue reading Voices That Need To Be Heard

The Library Book(s)

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)

New Year, New Classics

Cover image from Circe by Madeline Miller shows a painting of a woman's face.

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

Libraries & Numbers

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

Ultimate Seasonal Playlist 2018

It’s time for my semi-annual review of my favorite seasonal music. I say seasonal because there are songs that crop up this time of year that have nothing to do with Christmas or Hanukkah or even winter but are still somehow associated with the season (I’m looking at you, “My Favorite Things”). Some of my… Continue reading Ultimate Seasonal Playlist 2018

One Book, One Watertown 2019: The Library Book

The Watertown Free Public Library is thrilled to announce that The Library Book will be our One Book, One Watertown community read for 2019. Part true crime, part love letter to libraries (and the people who inhabit them), all expertly woven together into a captivating read by renowned author and journalist Susan Orlean. The Library… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2019: The Library Book