A is for Anxiety. We are all feeling it and we all react to and handle it differently. Our reactions can even vary from moment to moment. How fun is that? Take me for example- today I had a fight over text with my brother and threw rocks at the lake. Engaging in a argument was dumb. Do not recommend; avoid if possible. Rock throwing, on the other hand, was very therapeutic. Definitely recommend. This is hard, friends. I hope you are finding solace-in books, in nature, in friends and family. And be kind to yourself if your solace is a lot chocolate. Chocolate definitely helps.
B is for Books about Libraries. Surprise! I’m switching up the B for National Library Week!
Here are a few of my favorite books about libraries and librarians:
C is for Connecting. My favorite way of connecting this week has been watching old episodes of Supernatural with a friend. We did this before social distancing, so it feel nice and normal. We don’t Zoom or Facetime or even talk on the phone. We load up the episode and just watch and text comments and emojis to each other. Low tech and high comfort.
How great is this? An entire month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the value of libraries of a types. It truly warms this librarian’s heart! I might be a little biased, but I think libraries are amazing places. In my little corner of the library world we work really hard to blend traditional services with new trends. One of my favorite things about libraries is all the books, so it would stand to reason that books about libraries are also pretty awesome! Join me in celebrating libraries with one of these great titles:
1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This one has a rare book seller and a secret library!
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The main character Henry is a time-traveler and a librarian!
3. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat by Vicki Myron. What could be better than an adorable cat hanging out in a library? Maybe an adorable cat who hands out chocolate, but that seems a bit fanciful.
4. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. This library houses a special sort of collection-magical artifacts from fairy tales by the brothers Grimm!
5. The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak. Liesel is an unconventional librarian. For the duration of World War II she shares her collection of stolen books with her neighbors during bomb raids.
6. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryin a library!
7. The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennet. The Queen of England is an unexpected patron at a mobile library.
8. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. Isaac is not only a librarian, but a Libriomancer. He is gifted with the ability to draw items out of books. How cool is that?
9. Smoke in Mirrors by Jayne Ann Krentz. This one stars a librarian as a detective!
10. The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr. A little mystery, a little romance, one special librarian.
I’d say that’s a good start! While you enjoy these books about libraries and librarians I am going to start brainstorming books about books and bookstore!