i work at a public libraryStrange but true stories from a librarian who worked in public libraries in Missouri and California. Contrary to what many of our patrons believe libraries are not always quiet, calm places where nothing unusual happens. As a mentoring staff member said to me when I first started, remember this is a public library that means we will see all of the public, people from every walk of life and in every kind of situation.

No two days are exactly the same at a public library. There are the  sweet moments, sad moments, the times when you’ve just made someone’s day simply by having the book or movie they were looking for, or telling a patron they have a late fee is the last straw on an already bad day. But sometimes you get those moments where you might have just made a major difference in someone’s life today.

A  lot of the stories in the book are the more amusing and unusual happenings that Gina Sheridan encountered at the libraries where she has worked but some are touching too.

01. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Noelle · Tags: ,

The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil, read by Noelle, on 04/07/2014

With a boss threatening to exile him to driving a bookmobile in Amish Country and a headstrong wife whose erotic pop-up books fail to revive the couples lost intimacy, Alexander retreats to a world of private annotation. Enter Henry James Jesson III, a collector with an improbably literary name, who shares a number of Alexanders unconventional interests. Soon, Jesson hires Alexander for some after-hours research. As his search advances, the librarian realizes there are many more secrets in Jessons life than the ones found in his dazzling Manhattan salon.

28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Book, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Bibliovores: an Unshelved collection by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barnes Illustrator, read by Tammy, on 04/14/2014

bibliovoresThis collection of web comics starts off were Too Much Information ends, with the birth of Dewey’s daughter, Trillian. Yes, she is named after a character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Guess what one of Dewey’s favorite genres is.

It also introduces new employee, Dyna, a library clerk. Dewey and the staff attend the real conference for librarians and book lovers, Book Expo America. In recognition of this, Gene and Bill provide us with  conference tips for all and a 12 page comic titled, What Would Dewey Do @ BEA?
This collection also gives their fans a full six months of comics!

28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Graphic Book, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Large Print, Unshelved # 8 by Bill Barnes (Illustrator), Gene Ambaum, read by Tammy, on 04/08/2014

large printOnce again join Dewey, Tamar, Mel and the rest of the staff at the Mallville Public Library for the humor that is part of the day to day life of your library staff at a public library.

28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Book, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Reader's Advisory Unshelved # 7 by Bill Barnes (Illustrator), Gene Ambaum , read by Tammy, on 04/10/2014

reader's advisory

This is the 7th collection of web comics by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum. All the adventure and humor takes place in a public library. Main character, Dewey, is a snarky teen librarian who also works the reference desk. Join him and his coworkers as they attempt to help the public with their library issues and sometimes more personal issues. You do not have to have read any of the earlier book collections for the stories to make sense. Some reviewers think this collection has the best art and writing in the series. Join Dewey and the library staff to discover a different side of a familiar place.

 

31. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Book, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Too Much Information (Unshelved # 9) by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum, read by Tammy, on 03/26/2014

tmiToday it is easy to find information. Too much and too easy to come by maybe. Is it accurate? Is it reliable? In this Unshelved daily e-comic collection the staff of library workers help Mallville’s citizens make sense of all that information while dealing with their worrisome budget problems. All the regular staff are present: Dewey, the teen librarian, Tamara the children’s librarian, Colleen the reference librarian, Mel  the director, Dyna a cynical new librarian and  Bucky the page still shelving books in his book beaver costume. Meanwhile Dewey’s girlfriend Cathy has a big surprise for him.

31. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Book, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Frequently Asked Questions (Unshelved # 6) by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum , read by Tammy, on 03/16/2014

faqNo one gets asked questions more frequently than a librarian, and no librarian answers them with more attitude than Dewey, the reference and teen librarian. This collection features a year’s worth of daily e-comics and the current collection of weekly full-color Unshelved Book Club book reviews.

 

25. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Noelle · Tags: , , ,

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai, read by Noelle, on 03/18/2014

This book was not bad, but I was hoping it would be a little more exciting and quirky.  I also could have used a little less of the narrator’s self loathing rants.

In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten- year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. But is it just Ian who is running away? Who is the man who seems to be on their tail? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?

 

06. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Due or Die: Library Lover's Series Book 2 by Jenn McKinlay, read by Tammy, on 01/18/2014

due or die Lindsey Norris is happy with her life in the small town of Briar Creek, Connecticut where she works as the town’s library director. Things are going smoothly until a conflict among the Friends of the Library group leads to threatening phone calls and messages. But could a disagreement among the Friends really have caused the murder of the new president’s husband? Just as police start to investigate a major snow storm hits. Will Lindsey find out who the killer is before the spring thaw?

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Books can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay, read by Tammy, on 01/18/2014

books can be deceivingLindsey is finally adjusting to her new job as the director of the Brian Creek Public Library and her new life as a single woman. Her college friend and children’s librarian Beth has written and illustrated her first children’s book and wants to find out if it’s good enough to be published. But Beth’s boyfriend an award-winning children’s book author keeps getting in the way. Then a New York City book editor visits town and a friend arranges for the editor, Beth and Lindsey to met. But things go wrong rapidly and Beth’s chance at becoming a published author lands here as the chief suspect in her boyfriend’s murder. Can Lindsey solve the mystery fast enough to find the real murderer?

A light cozy mystery.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, read by Tammy, on 08/18/2013

libromancer  I loved this book. It was so much fun. The author weaves classics, fantasy titles, science fiction, mythology and crime dramas into the story as well as some novels he created just for this work.

Isaac Vainio is a librarian in a small town library. He is happy with his daily duties helping his patrons and cataloging though the library director doesn’t know what to think of his pet spider be carries with him everywhere, Scorch. He is also a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw out objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that have leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape with his life. Then he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users and Johannes Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of beautiful dryad, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. He will have to make some difficult choices to save lives and possibly all of humanity.

05. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Paranormal, Reviewer, Romance · Tags: , ,

The Demon's Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow, read by Kira, on 08/04/2013

Head Librarian, Francesca Barnes, has discovered a treasure cache of sorcery books in a secret room in the sub-basement of the old city library.  When a monster starts attacking cats and then children, she uses the knowledge to track down and kill the beast.

This alerts the evil ones to the growing presence of a new gifted “Golden One” coming into her powers.  Ryan, and his keeper Paul of the Order (the good side), are trying to track down this cache of books.  Since Ryan is half-demon/half man, lacking a soul, he cannot trust himself around women, and especially not around sorceresses.

However, his hdemon's librarianorn-dog handler/keeper Paul takes off on a false lead, because this other woman is good looking and Ryan ends up investigating Chess (Francesca), keeping tabs on her,  rescuing her, and before its too late, he is hooked/imprinted on Francesca.

This book was a quick enjoyable read, nothing taxing or extraordinary.

23. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai , read by Tammy, on 03/22/2012

The BorrowerLucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan from his homophobic parents.The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother.  Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. Lucy is running away from as much or more than Ian.

There is a love of books and reading throughout this book which is quite enjoyable. How books can open new world’s to the reader and even rescue a person dealing with an overwhelming situation in their life is a wonderful message. Lucy’s relationships with Ian, her family and her friends will keep you interested but for a character who claims to be open-minded she is very preachy about her personal beliefs and why everyone else is wrong. I found the repetitive restatements of why Ian’s parents are in Lucy’s words  “completely wrong and prejudice” annoyingly ironic.

19. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction · Tags:

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai , read by Angie, on 01/16/2012

This was a fun book. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. It is the tale of a children’s librarian named Lucy who kidnaps/is kidnapped by a 10-year old boy named Ian. They run away together on this cross-country trip from Hannibal, Missouri to Vermont. Along the way they have encounters with her Russian mafia father, her boyfriend Glenn and a variety of people. I am not sure if the journey was more of a self-discovery for Ian or Lucy but I think Lucy. She discovers more about herself and her family history. I am not sure if Ian really learns anything but atleast he gets away from his family for awhile. There is a message here about being who you are and that it is ok to be gay and books are great. All good messages and not shoved down your throat. They are told with humor and insight. I liked the characters in the book; they are quirky and fun. I have to admit that the book did start out pretty slow for me and didn’t really pick up until they hit the road, which was about 1/3-1/2 way into the book. But the story was fun and enjoyable. Not very realistic, but fun. I was a little shaky about the ending because there didn’t seem to be any consequences for either Lucy or Ian and it was just a bit too easy but overall it was a good book. I would recommend it to my library friends.