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Introducing Buzz Pick of the Month

Presented by IndieBookBuzz and Bookfinity
Love reading books, talking about books, and then doing it all over again? Great – we do, too! Join IndieBookBuzz and Bookfinity as we kick off a brand-new virtual book club, Buzz Pick of the Month. 


Ready for Romance

By Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs  


Staff Spotlight: Kim Collins

Kim and her older son have a reading pact. Whenever his English teacher assigns a book to read, Kim will read the same title at roughly the same time. They both enjoy this arrangement, formed when her son was in middle school, because it has evolved into their own small, unofficial book club. Kim’s son seems to now delve into the books more deeply, exploring their central ideas, themes, and literary elements. The shared reading also helps create discussion between them and the rest of the family and provides a wonderful way to connect. 


iCurate inClusive: Diversity Audits Made Easy NEW and COMING SOON!

by Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development 


Travel in the Time of Corona

By Laura Barkema, MLIS  


Staff Spotlight: Ann Lehue

With her bachelor’s degree in hand, the business of books had already proved to be a field Ann thoroughly enjoyed and one for which she possessed a natural talent. Throughout childhood, she’d escaped through books, and as a college undergraduate, she’d begun working at a well-known local bookstore. By graduation, she’d worked her way up to become a manager. 


Embracing the Librarian Stereotype – We’re Celebrating National Hot Tea Month

By Alex Arthun, MLS
If you came here for juicy gossip, I’m letting you know now this is not that kind of post. 


Power or Storytelling Part 3: Libraries’ Stories

Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs  


Let Your Heart Be Light: Surviving the Holidays After Things (and We) Fall Apart

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development


Last December, I dutifully signed up to write my annual article about having a snarky holiday—I’m so snarky naturally that my writing professor in college forbade me from writing my essays in that voice, and my parents’ mantra was, “No one loves a smart aleck.” Harsh. It’s easier to do a snarky holiday article during a good year when everything sounds like horrible exaggeration instead of prophecy. It’s easier to get the right tone when we’re all in a state of manic frazzle rather than exhausted hypervigilance. To our library friends and family who’ve lost loved ones, jobs, library funding, homes, relationships, and even hope, I’m so sorry. I grieve with you for all the plans you looked forward to but that did not happen, that budget cuts will hurt the people in the community who have already suffered the most in our communities, that this virus took away some of our coworkers and loved ones, that things will never be the same. 


The Power of Storytelling; PART 2/3: COVID 19 Stories

Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs