Back in December our Staff Picks blog went live. It made sense, right? We are librarians. We have lots of titles, and opinions about what you should read/watch/listen to. And that was exactly the intent of the blog, that we would offer up recommendations to YOU (you being 'the world, the universe'). Let's face it, if librarians can't recommend books out loud, and if readers can't put their faith in our word, what kind of a world would this be? A stink one, I reckon. So! The very fabulous Karen Craig put out an expression of interest and I remember we discussed, briefly, the idea of receiving maybe 4 or 5 responses. We received sixty. Yeah - sixty. We put together guidelines for the kinds of content we wanted our people to write about, and then we trained them in using Blogger and, as I like to put it, got the hell out of the way. That was, really, all that was needed. They were bursting to talk about books and movies and music. They'd just needed a place to be able to do so. And you know, it seems to work for them and y'all. Since it went live, it's had roughly 18,500 hits without, to be honest, much input from me other than training. And every day, just when I think I can't be any more impressed by what our staff review, and how they write, I am undone all over again. They're so talented, and I am ohsovery proud of them. And you guys need to read about it. I don't regret much in my life. I think life is incredibly short in the bigger scheme of things, and the fact that none of us gets out alive is reminder enough for me to not take myself too seriously. If I could regret ONE thing, though, it would be that I don't write half as well as they do :) Check out the Staff Picks blog, request their recommendations, and take time to admire our talented staff. I do it every day. As a taster, here are the top 5 most popular Staff Picks posts!