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.

Book Club Questions Answered!

This site has been around for a while, so you may have heard of it already.  ReadingGroupGuides is helpful, because not only does it list discussion questions for thousands of popular book club titles, but it also has a list of what is the most popular, and how to get a book club going.

In addition, it also offers some opportunity for interaction, with polling questions, and becoming a formally registered book club.  Authors, librarians and booksellers are interviewed as well, and there are giveaways and opportunities to win books.

So, the next time a patron asks you what their club should read, you can wow them by giving them a title, and a list of discussion questions to go with it!

Abridged book club cartoon

Medieval Tech Support

If you’ve ever helped a new computer user, or taught a class as part of your library’s services, you should relate to this hilarious video.  Unless you speak Norwegian, make sure you have your reading glasses on.  The subtitles are pretty small.  View it here.

Medieval Tech Support image

Teens’ Top Ten

Yalsa has released its top ten nominations for teen reads.  Check it out here!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Mini Libraries

The news is going crazy over these new lending libraries that are sweeping, if not the nation, then rural areas.  Check out the video of one of the cutest little libraries to ever exist here.

The Little Library below though is from Faribault, Minnesota, where it is amenably managed by retirees filling in the book availability gap between monthly bookmobile visits.

Little Library

Recreational reading

If you are interested in having a little fun professional reading, you might want to check out some blogs from folks in the profession.  Here’s a link to 25 different offerings.  My personal favorite is #16, A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette.  It shouldn’t be taken as any kind of career advice, however.

Conan the Librarian