Mary Oliver

January 17, 2019 by

Poet Mary Oliver died today at age 83. Writing for more than 50 years, Oliver’s last book was ‘Devotions: selected poems’ from 2017. A biography is expected out soon. Oliver won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 as well as the National Book Award.

Library Card graphics

January 16, 2019 by

Our RCLS library cards are somewhat mundane compared to designs of library cards found across the country and abroad. Check out these cardslibrary-cards-1(1) from around the world. My first favorite is from the Southwark Libraries in London (Great quote by Jorge Luis Borges), which feature a Winter Book Challenge from 12/10 to 2/28 for children up to age 17, complete with prizes. My other fav is from the Seattle Public Library, whose website features lots of information and some cool links to follow up.


January 14, 2019 by


You may have heard of the popular thriller TV show You, (it is on Netflix, you’re welcome) but did you know that it is based on a book by Caroline Kepnes? The book is almost exactly like the show (but better, because the book is always better).

The plot: “When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.”

This book is creepy. Joe is the ultimate stalker and the entire book I found myself looking over my shoulder. A MUST READ!

Beloved author, John Burningham

January 10, 2019 by

British children’s author and illustrator, John Burningham, died January 4th in London. A Kate Greenaway medal winner (twice- 1963 and 1970), Burningham wrote and illustrated award-winning books including the illustrations for Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang.” My favorite Burningham title, “Mr. Gumpy’s Outing,” reminds me of so many happy rereadings with my daughter.  His widow, Helen Oxenbury, is also a children’s illustrator.

Title: Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Author: John Burningham

Dewey Decibel Podcast

January 9, 2019 by

deweyAmerican Libraries Direct offers 33 episodes to date on varied subjects through To list just a few episodes: “The Secret Lives of Librarians”, “Diversifying Comics”, “Writers on Writing” and “Protecting Our Privacy”. I found a bonus episode between numbers 22 & 23 titled “Inside the 2018 Youth Media Awards.” This episode allows one to listen in on phone calls made to award winners, information offered by committee members and a classroom debate about the winner. I plan on looking for this year’s winners to be mentioned in a future podcast.  Check it out!

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