Jhumpa Lahiri

Storytime for Adults by Laura Raphael

While the Central Library is closed for a (much-needed) renovation, many Central employees like me are working at branch libraries. After 9 years at Central, 7 ½ of those in the Readers’ Library department, I’m sad to be away from my downtown readers and fellow librarians. Despite this, I will admit that there is something exciting about being in a new place and learning new things.

Trying to entertain babies and toddlers during a weekly storytime is certainly new!

Breaking the First Rule of Book Club by Rebecca Howard

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I want to talk about book clubs.  I’ve been involved with several over the years and have found them to be deeply rewarding—each in their own ways.  There are a few dangerous pitfalls that book clubs have to strive to avoid, though.  In no particular order, here they are:
1) The book club becomes a wine club
2) The book club becomes a whine club
3) Not everyone reads the book
4) One individual (who typically has not read the entire book) dominates discussion
5) The same person selects titles each month