Over the many years of my career I've had the pleasure(?) of weeding/deaccessioning many books. Four of the five collections I've worked with have needed serious updating and reworking -- and that's not including the collection that burned down and needed to be completely replaced. Post-fire, I also seriously weeded my personal collection, getting rid… Continue reading Please, don’t
Last week, I got a text from my childhood BFF: This started a great conversation: That book she didn't remember? Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. A friend at work had her copy (also from 1971) and I re-read it immediately. That's one of the best things about being a reader, and being friends with readers.… Continue reading Friends that read together
This year was a difficult reading year for me, with very few OMG YOU MUST READ THIS books. Still, there are few I will recommend, if you haven't discovered them already: Because there were so few five-stars this year, I thought I'd highlight some of the Really Good Reads that juuuust missed. I've also excluded… Continue reading My Year in Reading (2022 edition)
Wow, it's been a while since I did one of these. As we move into the Winter Break season, here are some links to enjoy/bookmark/get inspiration from. Books, Reading, etc. The Cybils are always a good RA tool, and now they have playlists! What could be better to share with students? Yes, this is a… Continue reading Minor Musings
Every week my friend Chuck posts a list of blog posts that have caught his eye. Some posts really catch my eye, some don't really. C'est la vie, or something like that. This past Saturday there was a post by J. Eric Smith listing 100 books that meant something/had shaped him. And because it's time… Continue reading It’s that time of the year, right?
Don't you love it when there's something you've been mulling over and the universe responds without being prompted? What I've been thinking about is "kindness" and lo and behold, Sunday was Mr. Rodger's Birthday. His vibe must have been influencing things. Sunday was also the night my book club met, and last month's book was… Continue reading Kindness
And my choices for the best books of 2021? (posting this on January 31 because I know I won't have time to finish the book I just started, so that will be my first book of 2022!)
I've been at Milton for seven years, and in that time I've overseen a real revamp of the collection. b: serious weeding of old, outdated, caterpillar infested, falling apart books. It looked a little like this: Years Two - Four: Second and Third passes through the collection, cleaning the "junk drawer" and moving books into… Continue reading Fourth time’s the charm!
As we've been doing a (I hope) final pass on the collection, we're noticing a lot of books that are just past their "best by" dates and having to determine if they should stay on the shelf until something new comes along, keep them anyway, or remove them and try to replace. This isn't the… Continue reading Past their best by dates
Thanks to the library building construction project and another surprise project, we're not quite ready for the year to end. But thanks to a massive push last week, we did get our summer reading recommendations out! These recommendations are our suggestions, with little or no input from teachers. There is required reading in many classes… Continue reading Almost there