At the moment, my patron base appears to skew more retiree than preschooler.
I do have some preschoolers, and in particular, a pair of 3-year-old twins who are OBSESSED with Sophie's Squash.
Every week they come in, and every week one of them spots it, and every week, that kicks off a tagteam of, "Sophie!" "Squash!" "Sophie!" "Squash!" and then their mom saying something along the lines of, "I know you love Sophie, but you have to let the OTHER kids get a chance with her!"
And then they get distracted by the toybox, and the moment passes.
Dereen filed a complaint to the library to get the book, and others like them, removed from the shelves or moved to a separate section free from the gaze of children. The library responded by saying that it did not plan to change its policies, and that the child’s guardian is ultimately responsible for the books he or she wants to check out.
Dereen then turned to Fox 59 in the hopes that it would help sway public opinion in her favour.
Is it just me, or is the dude's arm on the book cover INSANELY THIN?
Anyway, my favorite thing about this whole story is that the kid checked the book out thinking that it was about video game cheat codes. Because... well, again, I direct your attention to the cover art.
Tight, tight, tight, with no room for growth! Also located directly next to A) the bathroom, which makes for less-than enticing browsing and B) the children's section, which suggests that it's simply an off-shoot of kidville.
...through the less-than-regular posting!
The new job is going swimmingly, but it's currently taking up the lion's share of my attention and time*.
I find myself dreaming about it, or waking up in the middle of the night and mulling over POSSIBILITIES for programming or organization or fundraising or ordering or wishlists or whatever.
All good things, but overall, exhausting!
I'll post more about the specifics of what I've been up to soon: there's a board meeting coming up next week, so that'll be a good excuse for me to sit down and make a list of all of the changes I've made and things I've been up do. In the meantime, though, the pictures at right are of one of the first things I did: moving the YA books.
Plus, I've dived back into Super Readers' Advisory Mode... which is hugely intellectually stimulating, but again, exhausting: and, as it is, as I've said, a small-town library with only one full-time employee (ME!), I'm doing Readers' Advisory for every age group.
Which I love.
But, as I said, it is rather exhausting, LIKEWHOA.
Still plenty of room for improvement, but far more enticing! Plus, it's now located over by the adult stacks, which will allow readers to organically browse in both areas.
That's GOOD, though, because it means that people are already starting to use my brain as a resource.
So, you know: YAY!
ANYWAY. Thanks again for being so understanding.
To everyone who had Labor Day off, I hope it was a good one! To everyone who didn't, I hope you had a lovely day nonetheless! To everyone who is starting a new school year, HAVE FUN! To everyone else, DITTO.
Have I missed any BIG KERFUFFLES in the blogsphere while I've been radio silent?
*Also taking up time: my current, possibly less-than-healthy obsession with Prison Architect, which I CAN'T. STOP. PLAYING.
This is another case in which I'm donating an item that I haven't reviewed... because while I certainly paged through it and laughed like a loon, the contents of Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book don't really allow for any sort of thoughtful review.
NUTSHELL: If you enjoy the Grumpy Cat meme, you'll enjoy the book, if you don't, it'll just make you grumpy.
Anyway, while it made me (and Josh, who flipped through it as well) laugh, it's not the sort of book that has a whole lot of re-read potential.
I suspect, though, that it'll have a happy (or, well, satisfyingly grumpy) home in the YA section of the library.
*In case you missed it, I took over the running of my town library last week, and every day that I've worked, I've donated a book. For instance.
There are a bunch of others in the series, too, performed by a Who's Who of cool UKians: Peter Serafinowicz, Richard Ayoade, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Chris O'Dowd, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, OH MY GOD, THE WONDROUSNESS OF IT ALL!!
ANYWAY. I have no doubt whatsoever that some of my patrons*—young AND old AND in-between—are about to get super-duper happy.
*In case you missed it, I took over the running of my town library last
week, and every day that I've worked, I've donated something. For instance.
Today, I'm donating* Rival, by Sara Bennett Wealer:
The girls take turns narrating their story in the present and the past, providing both perspectives on the arc of their friendship. Rival is a solid contemporary YA drama: Brooke and Kathryn have distinct voices and they're both flawed yet relatable. Sara Bennett Wealer deals with both characters fairly: They both do some really rotten things and some really decent things. Even better, she never tips the balance: It never feels like one character is supposed to be more In The Right than the other. Because of that, I never chose one to root for -- and never even wanted to -- which is a rare (and welcome) thing when it comes to this sort of story.
*In case you missed it, I took over the running of my town library last week, and every day that I've worked, I've donated a book. Or two.
Last week, I took the reins at my town's library, and since then, I've been donating a book every day that I work.
I'm doing so partly because I'm working within the constraints of a small collections budget that has to be stretched across all areas of the library, but mostly because I have MORE BOOKS THAN ANY ONE PERSON COULD POSSIBLY NEED, and it'll make me happy to share.
...while the book veers more Generic Action Movie (lots of conflict, characters defined by a few major traits, not much depth or development) than Critic-Pleasing, Soon-to-Be-Award winner (for example), I enjoyed it unreservedly. The tension ramps up nicely as people start turning on each other, and even more so as characters begin to realize just how Little Brother-creepy their situation is, what with the government controlling the flow of information in—and out—of the mall.
Unless otherwise noted, all donated books come from my personal collection, and have been reviewed by me, either here or at Kirkus Reviews.