Category Archives: Fun


Through a collaboration between San Francisco State University and the Palo Alto Art Center, there is a new showcase featuring books as works of art, through either the creation of them, or the creation of something new using the books as raw material.  Visit this site for more information.

The Safety of Books

Here’s an interesting article on how books are better than the Internet, for documentation and archival reasons, and serve as better protection from censorship.  As great as the Internet is, the Way Back Machine can’t bring it all back.  Given that many new librarians are extremely adept with the new sources (databases and Web-based searches), maybe there should be some good hands-on training for what small amounts of print reference materials are still in the branches, for when network issues hit the buildings.  What do you think?  Do your staff members all know how to use the old and the new?

Reading has Value Added

The Harvard Business Review just put up an interesting post about how readers tend to be more successful as leaders.  In addition to just being fun, and reducing stress, readers generally have higher verbal and emotional intelligence, more skills in organizational management, and increased abstract reasoning skills.  And here I thought I was just kicking back with a good book.

Reading and Relaxing

Reading and Relaxing

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a great idea for promoting library love this year!  Heidi Has a Hobby photographed the fabulous image below, which a co-worker created.

Love Your Library with a heart display

Love Your Library, indeed!

Happy 2013!

We’re already four days into 2013, and most everyone should be back on the floor or at their desks.  You’ll probably see an upswing on circulation of diet and exercise books, but librarian Joy Weese Moll, a contributor to The Huffington Post, distills three crucial bits of advice gleaned from books for making those resolution dreams come true.