Go Lemony!

“Librarians have suffered enough”, according to Lemony Snicket, who is setting up a new annual US prize “honouring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact”. via Lemony Snicket launches prize for librarians ‘who have faced adversity’ | Books | theguardian.com. PS. Also a good way to make librarians like you and […]

Itching to read the latest bestseller?

There’s something new popping up in libraries: It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts. Something to add to […]

Easy going librarians

Chester Public Library: What fines do I have to pay if I return an item late? We are easy going people. We do not have late fees/fines. A conscience box is located on the counter for you to make a donation for late items. Privileges may be temporarily suspended if items are a few months […]

Because it’s smutty or poorly written?

Fifty shades of Grey has been pulled from another US library: “It’s quite simple — it doesn’t meet our selection criteria,” said Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director. “Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called […]

I’m a librarian. It’s my job.

A reference enquiry I answered yesterday: “I’m looking for a book. I can’t remember the title, but it’s only three words.” “Eat, pray, love.” “That’s it! How did you do that?” I’m a librarian. It’s my job.

Ray Bradbury – Libraries raised me

Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years. […]

Too many options

A recent reference enquiry: THEM: Do you have any books on baby names? ME: Come to the shelf with me… looks like someone has cleared us out. How about I get some in from another branch for you? HER: That would be great. Thanks. HIM: Sure. ME: OK, I can get you “Brilliant baby names”, […]

School library book returned 73 years overdue

Last year I had someone bring back a couple of library books she’d found when moving house. They were books she had borrowed for a high school project and she is now in her mid twenties. This guy leaves her for dead: Thomas McArdle did a naughty thing 74 years ago. As a sixth grader […]

Dinosaurs, drawing, and Andrew Plant

I spent today visiting three of our libraries, each of which hosted a group of students from grades 1-3 who were very excited to be hearing Andrew Plant speak. Andrew is a trained zoologist who actually works as an author and illustrator and also does theatre work. He is also a dinosaur nut. He knows […]