Reader’s Advisory

That’s library jargon for the service librarians provide when a patron asks, “can you recommend a good book?” or says, “I just read Book X and I want to read another one just like it.”  All of us who work in libraries, even those of us who are not official librarians, are asked to provide reader’s advisory services at one point or another in our library careers.  It probably sounds like a simple request, right?  How hard could it be to recommend a book to someone, especially when most libraries have all sorts of lists of books by genre, even lists that say, “if you liked this author, you will probably like this one too.”  Well, it’s not that simple, and if you’ve ever been the one asking the question, you know how inaccurate those “if you like a, you’ll probably like b” lists can be.  Well, Nancy Pearl has devised a way to make our jobs a lot easier. Continue reading “Reader’s Advisory”

Wow, is it Friday already?

Where HAS the week gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday I took that sick day? Sheesh! Well, you’ll be happy to hear I’m all better – well, mostly. After the sick day, I was still not 100%. I went in late the next day because I just needed a little extra sleep that morning. The weekend was kind of hectic. We had told YS we’d come take him out to breakfast, so we got up early and zoomed to Spokane, arriving at 9:30 AM. We did something we hadn’t ever done before – we left Riley at home alone. Usually, we take him to The Daughter’s house when we go somewhere we can’t take him. We could have taken him with us, but he would have to stay in the car while we ate, and it was way too cold for that. Since we were leaving so early, we didn’t want to impose on the kids, so we took our chances and left him at home. Continue reading “Wow, is it Friday already?”