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Caveat Emptor by Will Thomas

I have heard it said that there are two types of people in the world: those that divide society into two types, and those that don’t. Yes, it’s an old joke, but it illustrates my point. Life is always more complicated than we assume, and never more so than when we discuss books versus e-books. Let’s wade into this topic for a moment, shall we? People get very emotional about books. Some fear that the hardcover shall go the way of the dodo bird. It won’t. E-readers fear that a Kindle may be a temporary technology, and that somehow this boon to Mankind will soon be curtailed.

Common As a Penny by Rebecca Howard

Rebecca Howard

Many of the books that I read are about common things—marriage, family, career—the stuff of everyday life. Often these types of books are unfairly categorized as women’s fiction, but I think taking our cue from the Young Adult genre, we should describe them as realistic fiction. There are no dystopian societies, serial killers, bank heists, spaceships, or demon overlords in these novels-- just mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, spouses, and partners. These novels mine the fields of ordinary for stories, showing us how the ordinary can be artful.

The Thrill of It All by Cindy Hulsey

There is nothing more thrilling than discovering a new author.  As a librarian I’m exposed to numerous new authors and titles, and it can be daunting to sift through all of them to find the gems. New books are often disappointing, but occasionally I’ll find one that makes me count the minutes until I can race home, fling open the pages and spend time with characters who are so real they jump off the page.  I recently found such a book by first novelist Rebecca Rotert called Last Night at the Blue Angel.

Enough Is Enough by Will Thomas

I’ve got this crazy notion that people should write their own books.  There should be no more novels by assembly line, no more “here, write a novel based on my idea and we’ll publish under my name”, and no more legacy novels, with modern authors using former authors’ characters “from the estate of”. Some people are making a lot of money, but at whose expense? I’m wondering if it is ours.

Reading Is a Makerspace by Rebecca Howard

Maker culture is all the rage right now and for good reason.  Makerspaces foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. They encourage people to look at things in new, different ways and give reluctant learners a safe place to explore science, math, art, and technology. These learning environments build confidence and inspire ingenuity. And as liberating and fun as maker culture is, I contend that libraries have been part of maker culture since the beginning, just as we are today in some new, exciting ways (Have you tried that 3-D printer out at Librarium?). 

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