Friday, March 15, 2013

Top 5 most popular Staff Picks posts

Oh! You guys go for a month without any posts from me and then KABOOM! I'm all up in your grill. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL? *Hint: This is where you nod politely and pacify the crazy blogger*

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!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Top 5 most requested items for February 2013

"Books are delightful society.  If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome." - William Ewart Gladstone

Bookishly speaking, I am an unabashed voyeur. I am forever curious about what people are reading. I don't care HOW they're reading. I'm not concerned about whether it's an eBook, eAudiobook, audiobook, printed book, or fanfiction. I'm not even fussed if it's Facebook updates, Twitter posts, blog posts or gaming. I rejoice in the fact that people ARE reading. I'm not at all snobby about it. The alternative is just too sad to comptemplate, and I feel like we would all lose in that instance. So lists like this - our top 5 most requested items for February 2013 - are, to me, like peeking through someone's underwear drawer, you know? Literary voyeurism. It's a thing. And I'm wholly unrepentant about knowing what some of you are reading.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Top 5 wedding readings

"True love stories never have endings."
 - Richard Bach

Since I relocated to Central City Library, my life is a mad whirlwind of meetings. Blogging, I'm sad to say, has been kicked to the backburner for a bit. I do miss it something awful. After all, it was a chance for me to fangirl over books, music, television, staff, libraries in general, and romance novels in particular *gets misty eyed* That's why I was about ready to hug Lucy when she said she had a post for me. YAY LUCY! (And you all know how I am about hugs - germs, feels, space invasion, ugh). Today's post is by the very lovely Lucy, a senior librarian with Collections. (What she doesn't know about books ain't worth knowing).
 - tosca

Ah wedding season, don’t you just love it! I was asked (well mostly I offered repeatedly until I was accepted) to read at a wedding last weekend. I’m a big fan of the wedding reading, and took great pleasure in finding something original. And as a children’s librarian, the first place I always look is kids’ books. So, if you’re planning a wedding, or are planning on inviting yourself to do a reading at a wedding, here are my top five suggestions.