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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
For readers, summer is the season for “beach reads.” Coined about 30 years ago, the term beach read is often used but rarely defined. So what does it mean for a book to be a beach read? Initially, it referred to those blockbuster books that were published in summer, regardless of who wrote t…
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
I love to read. I’ve always loved to read. Books transport me to another time and place, and I can easily become totally engrossed in what I’m reading. I’ve been known to miss my bus stop because of a good book. I’ve also been caught in a fit of hysterical laughter on that same bus. No, I ha…
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
While winter weather and the beauty of snow invigorate some, others find the dark, cold days of winter to be lonely and isolating. The ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing required to keep people safe also have taken their toll on the well-being of many this wint…
Monday, January 11, 2021
“Find the Library at Your Place” was the 2020 theme for National Library Week. This topic emphasized the technological advancements in remote access and the changing digital landscape of modern libraries.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
During the current worldwide pandemic, Mason Cooley's quote, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are,” is ever more meaningful. We are facing a fall and winter of COVID-19, the flu and severe weather with social distancing and isolation that could do harm to our p…
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Many readers love historical fiction. Reading about pioneers, ancient Egyptians or European royalty allows a person to be transported to a bygone era. While reading historical fiction can help us get a sense for what it was like to live in another time and place, there are more benefits to b…
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
For centuries, libraries have cataloged information and served as a storehouse of knowledge, but their purpose goes beyond merely collecting data; their true objective is to share this information as educators, turning the collective memories of the human race into knowledge for the people.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
During the several decades that I have been a librarian, much technology has come along to improve my profession and the service libraries offer. A bit of the “new” technology I have seen come along over the years includes VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, databases, personal computers, lapt…
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
It goes without saying that life is anything but “business as usual” for everyone right now. All of our community organizations and businesses have had to make changes in how they provide services in what seems to be an entirely new world.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Every profession has its own special language, and librarianship is no different. This professional slang, or jargon, includes specialized words, as well as common words that have a specialized meaning.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
When you think of a reader, what kind of person do you picture? Are they young or old, studying or reading for fun? It turns out that readers span all generations and they read for different reasons at different stages of their lives.
Monday, December 16, 2019
In a world saturated with new titles, how does a local public library decide what books to add to the community’s library collection? Each year, nearly 2 million books are published in the United States. That’s 2 million brand-new titles to read in 365 days!
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
In the years before television, it was common practice to gather and listen to a family member reading aloud or to listen to those wonderful radio programs like Dragnet, Little Orphan Annie or The Life of Riley.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The public is invited to attend a meeting of Madison County government during which tax dollars may be spent or decisions made that affect exp…