Echo and The Traveling Cat Chronicles

I recently celebrated my cat’s 20th birthday. Echo is a grey and caramel colored tabby that I’ve literally had since the day she was born. I love to tell the story. On April 20, 1999, I came home from school to find her mother birthing kittens under a picnic table on the porch in front … Continue reading Echo and The Traveling Cat Chronicles

When I First Fell in Love with Reading

Do you remember when you first fell in love with reading? I mean the first time you truly, deeply felt that the world was not right unless you had a book in your hands? For me, I didn’t experience this kind of love until high school. My grandmother was an avid fan of Jill Churchill, … Continue reading When I First Fell in Love with Reading

One World, Many Languages

When he accepted the Oscar for Foreign Language Film for Roma, Alfonso Cuaron said that he grew up watching foreign language films like Citizen Kane and Jaws and The Godfather. Since the creation of this category in 1956, it's been pretty clear that the Academy Awards is "America first" or "English first." Though Alfonso's comments may … Continue reading One World, Many Languages

Project: Improving Access and Representation in Our Media Collection

Over the past several months, the catalogers and I have been working on a large relabeling project in our DVD collection. Previously, DVD feature films were processed with a genre label at the top of the spine and an alpha sticker at the bottom, based on the first letter of the first word of the … Continue reading Project: Improving Access and Representation in Our Media Collection

My Go-to Library Tweets

About eight years ago, I was asked to help run my library's Twitter account. We didn't have designated marketing staff, we were just starting to build our presence on social media, and I had no idea where to start. Thankfully I was working with a brilliant fellow librarian turned marketing guru who taught me a … Continue reading My Go-to Library Tweets

Taking Action: Collections Diversity & Inclusion

My library's leadership team has been talking a lot about equity, diversity and inclusion. With these discussions, I've made it one of my goals this year to lead a closer look at the library's collection to see how well we are meeting the needs and interests of our patrons at the same time as reflecting … Continue reading Taking Action: Collections Diversity & Inclusion

5 YA Books on My Holds List

Getting to order for the library's teen collection means I get an early heads up on new releases. It also means my holds list is constantly growing, as I can't help but get in line for the titles that catch my attention. Here's what I'm looking forward to reading in the next few months: Black … Continue reading 5 YA Books on My Holds List