Help a girl out! In search of a book title or author

August 13, 2013

I never thought I’d use my blog for this, but here goes nothing!

I’m on a hunt for a book for a patron. She listened to it when it was on cassette tapes and she thinks she might have re-listened to it on CD at one point. We have no author or title… Here’s the synopsis.

Two teenagers are in a car accident. After the accident, the story continues about both the boy and girl and what happens in their lives. The man becomes a writer??? At the end of the book he commits suicide AND the readers discover that the woman died in the accident and he’s been living his life like she was alive all of these years.

Can you help me? Please get in touch with me or leave a comment!



Update #2: eBook Challenge

June 5, 2012

Another quick update of my personal challenge to read books using the eBook format instead of the print format. Here’s the original challenge and the first update. I’ve read 57 books this year.

14 ebooks
13 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
30 print books

You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.

I’ve observed something interesting while reading using my Kindle in public. Instead of being asked if I like the book I’m reading or what the book is about (like when I’m reading in print), I get asked about the act of using my Kindle.

Do you like reading on that? What is it? Does it have games? Don’t you miss reading paper books? Which eReader should I get?

I am never asked about what I’m reading while I’m reading using my Kindle. I miss having those sorts of conversations, but I think we lose the conversation-starter of the cover of a book when we use eReaders. I know some people don’t like to talk about what they’re reading, but I love to! I’m not sure how we’ll move that conversation to eReaders because we live in such a visually-focused society.

In another attempt to be eReader-friendly at the library, I’ve eliminated the Summer Reading Program requirement to mark your minutes on a bookmark. We are using a different reading record instead. My hopes are that we’ll not only save paper at the library, but we aren’t limiting our readers by format by giving them a bookmark. We encourage them to read/listen to audiobooks, use their eReaders and also pick up newspapers and magazines.

So you’ve got an interview for a library job…

June 1, 2012

Congratulations! You’ve got an interview for a library-job! Here are 5 ideas to float around as you prepare for your interview. Please share others, too! Also – check out several of the job-search related posts on Hack Library School.

  1. Be Yourself. Dress nicely but yet wear something you’re comfortable wearing.
  2. Ask questions. Ask about the history of the library, the community, the future plans for the library, etc. Employers like to see curiosity and excitement. They won’t think you’re stepping out of line – you’re interviewing them, too!
  3. If you’re heading into a public library, brush up on a few books from different genres. You never know when you might find yourself eating lunch or having coffee with a few patrons. They’ll be oh-so-excited (not to mention impressed) that you have read something they’ve loved!
  4. If you’re coming straight out of graduation from your MLIS or a related-degree, remember that we use jargon. If you’re being interviewed by the library board or even members of a city council, they don’t always understand that jargon. Use it wisely – again – we’re aiming to impress rather than overwhelm and confuse.
  5. Get to know the library and its community before your interview. Do some research – explore their website/catalog/Facebook. Find out as much as you can! (This will also help you formulate some questions to ask them.)

This post was inspired by a couple of amazingly intelligent librarians who recently interviewed and received job offers to some GREAT libraries! Great work! These libraries will be so thankful you accepted the positions!

May is My Month

May 17, 2012

April 13, 2012 was the 1 year anniversary of my first day as Library Director of Muir Library in Winnebago, MN! And, of course, I was too busy to write something then. I think I tweeted about it, though…


May is my month!

Throughout the last year, I’ve essentially been “keeping up” and trying to learn as I go, but May is a month I’ve already lived through at the library, so I know what to expect. [Insert enormous sigh of relief]

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love my job at this library! I get to interact with curious readers and potential-readers each and every day! But, there was a definite learning curve to this position and I now feel more comfortable having one year of experience.

So – why is May MY month? Here’s why… I have no programming going on at the library in May, so I have more time to spend preparing for June 4 – the first day of the Summer Reading Program at the library; I’m working on some awesome programming opportunities for this Fall. This month also has me taking a few afternoons off to get my garden planted, go on bike rides and read books I’m going to talk up to the kids during the summer.

It’s important to take time for yourself, professionally and personally, even if you feel like you’ll never be able to keep up with your everyday tasks. Schedule the time into your life and make sure you take it!

My honey and I dressed up for a wedding last weekend.
(Congratulations, Amanda and Tom!)

My new favorite smoothie recipe! I made it up…
(no picture because I drank it too fast!)

1 banana
4-5 kale leaves
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 cup water

cut up banana
rip stems off of kale and rip kale into pieces

makes 1 16oz serving

eBooks at Muir Library

May 31, 2011

This past week has been interesting for me for a couple of reasons:

  1. A book I have wanted to read for several months appeared on my desk: No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries by Sue Polanka and friends.I’ve been interested in ebooks for years and a few months ago bought a NOOKcolor and love(d) it and then learned how to borrow books from Seattle Public Library and read/listen to them. It was heaven. It really was. When this book crossed my desk at work in February, I wanted to pick it up and read it. I wanted to know what other “librarians” were thinking about ebooks. We see a lot of what publishers say and what patrons say, but librarians (with the exception of the HarperCollins fiasco) have been relatively quiet and shy when asked about ebooks.

    So, I’ve been reading the book and finding that (of course)it  is an interesting, frustrating and an overall thoughtful read. And here’s why:

  2. This week, Muir Library (where I am the library director) went live with our Overdrive collection. The contract with Overdrive happened before I had the job, so I still don’t have all the specifics, but from what I understand, the library system (Traverse des Sioux) got a grant that will pay for the system to have a contract with Overdrive for the first year and then the individual libraries will have to pay annually.There were a couple of training sessions (before I was hired) for using ebooks and we have also been told we will receive ereaders to train our employees, but we are live with the program as of now. This means many staff people are going to be learning as the patrons learn and unfortunately that means that some of those younger, digital natives are going to catch on quicker than the digital immigrants who work at the library. No – I take that back – that is not unfortunate – that is an opportunity to recruit help from the younger people (like myself). I will say that I am QUITE impressed that Traverse des Sioux is up to the challenge of ebooks and that they’re jumping ahead and learning as they go. There are going to be challenges, but there will also be great rewards for the staff and patrons in this area.

In the introduction of No Shelf Required, it talks about how libraries have been interacting with ebooks for years and how it is expected that libraries have ebook content for patrons. I highly doubt this was the case when the book was written. Not only do many of the rural library patrons not know about ebooks (or, frankly, care about them), but they also don’t know how to use a computer and cannot fathom the idea of using one to read a book. I feel like there were some severe generalizations made in the book and while it covers different realms of libraries (school, public, academic, etc.), it doesn’t recognize the differences in the ways of accessible technology in different libraries.

I appreciate the way the “acquiring ebooks” chapter is written for different points of view. This is helpful when explaining the ins and outs of ebooks and purchasing to someone who hasn’t done it before. But, on the other hand, I think this can/will/already is changing quickly and because this book is static, it will soon be out of date. It’s an absolutely great start to guiding someone along the way of learning about ebooks in the library – in fact, I think I may suggest that my staff read it as we start this busy time of troubleshooting ebooks at Muir Library.

I’ll write more when I finish the book, but that’s what I have right now!

Oh – and – I sincerely think it is SILLY to have bookmarks with the directions for how to download ebooks to your ereader. DUH – people aren’t using paper bookmarks if they’re reading ebooks! *sigh*

An explanation & invitation

May 26, 2011

So, new job, new house, new everything and the poor, loyal blog gets abandoned. Sorry!

Here’s an extremely short version of what’s going on right now:

The job at Muir Library is going wonderfully. I’m in full Summer Reading Programming mode and therefore cannot talk about it or I won’t be able to stop. I will say, if you haven’t sent my library a postcard yet, please consider it.

Other parts of my job as library director include:

collection development, paying bills, telling kids to wash their hands after going to the bathroom, putting puzzles together, ILL, updating the Facebook, writing columns for the Winnebago Voice (weekly newspaper), preparing bags of books to be sent to the local nursing home, writing reports for the city council meetings, making coffee, creating bulletin boards, reading books about princesses to 3 year olds who want to be princesses, searching for information about egg candlers, etc.

I moved into a new house in a new town and took on some new responsibilities like – feeding a fish – and tending a garden – and ironing – and finding time to do other things.

Over at Hack Library School, we’re hacking different library school (iSchool) programs and sharing our thoughts, concerns and hopes for library school in general. Please visit it and share your ideas. We’re always looking for new writers – contact me if you want to be one of them.


I’m not entirely sure what you want to read about now that I’m done with school and have my grown up job. Do you want day-to-day rural library director things? What kind of “things” interest you? Do you want my more general views of what’s going on in libraryland? (I would say that I could combine the day-to-day and libraryland but to be honest, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be that much of a connection. I feel like the area I’m in at the moment is far behind the libraryland I follow on Twitter and blogs). Tell me what you’d like from me and I’ll do my best to get it to you!

Share YOUR Story with Muir Library

May 5, 2011

It’s Summer Reading Program planning time! Actually, I’m probably behind in the planning process because I just recently started my position at Muir Library in Winnebago, Minn., but that just means I’m working even harder to have a successful first Summer Reading Program. A more in-depth post about programming in a rural library will come soon, but in the meantime, please pass this to your contacts- near and far.

Share YOUR Story with Muir Library!

This year’s Summer Reading program theme is One World, Many Stories. I’d love to have stories and postcards from different states and countries to share with the participants at Muir Library.
Please consider sending us a postcard – who knows – we may also send one back!

Our address is:
Muir Library
36 Main St. N
P.O. Box 218
Winnebago, Mn 56098

Thanks – Heidi

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