PhD Student Meets Hitler

I’ve been reading Travelers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd, which compiles the journals and letters and other observations of people who visited Germany starting in the 1920s and the Weimar Republic and into the Hitler regime. I find this a totally fascinating topic because so many people vacationed or conducted business in GermanyContinue reading “PhD Student Meets Hitler”

Hate Read Book Club continuation

So last year I was feeling down in the dumps (you know, that whole election thing) and needed something to do as an outlet for my snark. So I decided to start what I called the Hate Read Book Club – and it is what it says on the tin. You hate read a book.Continue reading “Hate Read Book Club continuation”

What I’m Reading

Though my day job is being a librarian, I don’t get asked much what I’m currently reading. It’s actually a point of annoyance for me, since I rather enjoy discussing books with people. So I’ll use the fact that I have a blog I’m not doing much with to post some of my thoughts ofContinue reading “What I’m Reading”

Wild Wild Country

Have you seen the recent smash Netflix docu-series Wild Wild Country? Because I got totally obsessed with it shortly after it was released and binged it twice in a row. And then I listened to the soundtrack on Spotify for a week straight. And then I had a real keen desire to read the memoirsContinue reading “Wild Wild Country”

NEWS FLASH: Book Returned to Library

Ever since becoming a librarian, I have developed a couple of pet peeves. One of them, is the need for local news outlets to sensationalize the relatively common library event of a book being returned to the library. I can sort of see how people think it’s so rare and newsworthy, as these books areContinue reading “NEWS FLASH: Book Returned to Library”

The Struggle is Real: Library Patron vs. Email

This is a daily occurrence while at the Reference Desk at my public library. I’m not even joking. I have some version of this exchange almost every day at the Reference Desk. Patron: Can you help me? I can’t get this dumb thing to work. Me: Okay, sure. What are you trying to do? Patron:Continue reading “The Struggle is Real: Library Patron vs. Email”

Thoughts on Go Set a Watchman

The publication of Go Set a Watchman is a pretty significant one in the scheme of things, and I was able to read it the week it came out. Being a book professional, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about the book. First and foremost, I want to make one thing abundantly clear: GoContinue reading “Thoughts on Go Set a Watchman”

Using Evernote for Reader’s Advisory

I love reader’s advisory. I love learning about new books and backlist titles, and figuring out what someone might like to read next based on their past reading habits or other interests. Sadly it’s not something I’m asked to do a lot in my current community face-to-face (no matter how much I beg), so IContinue reading “Using Evernote for Reader’s Advisory”

Public Librarianship – the downlow

I’ve had a mixed reaction from people I’ve known for years when they find out I’m a librarian. Most go, “Oh, that makes sense!”, but I did run into a high school buddy who had assumed I would end up an accountant. Anyway, a Public Librarian is what I am, and probably will be forContinue reading “Public Librarianship – the downlow”