Posts tagged libraries
Posts tagged libraries
This week Erin and I led a open book discussion about Stitches by David Small, the first time a graphic novel was chosen for one of these public discussions, and we weren’t sure who to expect. To our surprise, it was primarily attended by some of our regular seniors, who LOVED the book. We had a fantastic discussion and I was really struck by their passion for the book, and how they talked about it, and also how they talked about how they were recommending it to other people.
And now converting seniors into graphic novel readers is one of my professional goals, so I have started working on a list of recommendations specifically for their interests, based on my extrapolations from our book group discussion. The standard best graphic novels for new readers list is not going to work here. Some of my takeaways from that discussion:
Using those thoughts, here’s a preliminary list of recommendations:
So that is what I have for now. I want to keep building it. What would you add?
Well, do you? And where?
Yesterday I got into library school. It is making me reflective. This was my first library card. It was handed to me with a Twinkie. Due to my upbringing, it was the first time I had ever seen a Twinkie, much less eaten one, and I decided whatever a library was, it had to be great. When I found out that they’d let me take up to 30 books home at a time, no questions asked, I was hooked. And now here we are!
Groundbreaking singer, songwriter and guitarist Ian MacKaye will speak at the Library of Congress on personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage.
I am an archivist
I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait
For cool things to get old
These are, of course, appeal factors, the means by which readers’ advisory librarians try to figure out why a book appeals to a reader. More proof that this esteemed profession invented discovery. Who else would take the time to create an art/science to further a reader’s storyverse?
(Yes, this post is for Scott Turow.)
Don’t make Heather angry. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.
One of the primary perks of working in a library is getting to
raid shelve the new releases cart and anybody who says differently is lying
Michael Davies and Roger Bennett sit down with Britain’s most interesting man - Leyton Orient owner and boxing promoter Barry Hearn.
Barry Hearn truly is Britain’s most interesting man, and here he is, interviewed on my favorite podcast. This is one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever listened to. I hate to keep banging on about community-building, but even if you don’t care about football or sport in general, as long as you are interested in communities and engagement and whatnot, you have to listen to this dude talk about why he owns a football team.
Plus Hearn is a man who not just invented an event called Fish-o-Mania (which is exactly what it sounds like: a fishing competition inspired by Wrestlemania) but has made it into a successful TV franchise for the past NINETEEN YEARS. I think we can all learn from the inventor of Fish-o-Mania.
The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon is blowing my mind! If you work in libraries or bookstores (or museums, I guess), and/or are interested in cultivating or hosting a community of people with similar interests, you need to let it blow your mind, too. You can even read the entire thing online before purchasing.
ODE TO AN INSPIRING SET OF SHELFTALKERS:
While in The Elliott Bay Book Company back in January, a very well-shelftalkered store, I became temporarily obsessed by the recommendations of one Casey O, who seemed to be my book soulmate. In sniffing around the store for a book s/he recommended that I had not yet read, I found the above display in the true crime section. I knew vaguely of the Jeffrey MacDonald case but was captivated by the display.
I took The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm home with me because it was easiest to pack, and read it first. Well, after that, I only felt I had half the story, so I read Fatal Vision. Then I had to know how anybody could possibly think MacDonald was innocent, so I read A Wilderness of Error, and now stand corrected.It was an unsettling experience, but exhilarating. I feel very mixed up about all of it, and not just about MacDonald’s guilt—also about the US court system, guilt and innocence, all that big stuff—and I never would have done if I hadn’t read all these books together and in relatively short order.
What is so exciting to me about this display is that it gave me an entire recommended reading experience, which is rare outside of the classroom. I think bookstores and libraries ought to do more of this. I know I can find this sort of list or idea online, but this one grabbed me because I found it while I wanted to read. The physical spaces of bookstores and libraries can inspire a reader to a new curiosity that is meaningful on several levels. We all do a lot of individual book recommending but very little specific book experience recommending. I guess on some level it seems prescriptive or we think it will be unwelcome, but we’ve got the knowledge, we’ve got the opportunity, we’ve got the audience. Why not put it out there and let interested readers take the plunge?