Remember our earlier picture of Children’s Librarian Krishna dressed as Rosie the Riveter? Here is Krishna striking the official pose.
The next time I hand sell a book that I know everything about because I’ve talked to at least seven people who have enjoyed it but I haven’t (honestly, in truth) read it myself and then the patron asks me if I have read it…
This will be my response. Happy Friday y’all.
Library of Birmingham - Mecanoo
I confess to being a tad obsessed with the newly unveiled Library of Birmingham (that’s in England, kids). A fair amount has been written about why it’s been built, how it’s been funded, and what it aspires to achieve. You can start here if you’re looking for inspirational messaging.
I am a fan of chief librarian Brian Gambles if only for this:
"I firmly believe that the design of the library will reflect the book as a physical object, learning the skill of literacy and the joy of reading as an inspirational activity is at the centre of the library in the 21st century, as it was in the 19th and 20th."
Today in The Bookseller there was a user-on-the-ground review that touched on the library’s actual trade book holdings.
Okay. Who’s going to England with me?
Library promotion as done by the National Library of New Zealand: beautiful, meditative, life-is-rushing-by-you-but-there’s-information. *sigh*
And now, your moment of Zen.
Today I worked our farmers’ market booth and made some little signs. This was by far the most popular sign. (The cookbook pictured, The Duke’s Table, was the most popular cookbook.) But nobody had any questions. They all had suggestions. Everybody likes to talk about kale! Here are some kale preparation suggestions I heard:
- Just rinse, dry, and pop in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes or so, until crunchy
- Same as above, except spray with olive oil and add a little salt
- Use chopped kale in soup recipes where it calls for spinach
- I don’t remember all the details but something to do with kale, noodles, peas, and mint (this looks pretty close to it)
- Saute kale in olive oil with Italian sausage, a can of white beans, and a can of chopped tomatoes
I recommended this kale and balsamic tofu salad to several people. I cannot tell you how amazing this salad is. I know we all like to mock kale. But this salad is above your mockery.
If you’ve logged into our 3M Cloud Library in the last few days, you have seen the above, because I have gone love-crazy and all the books I bought needed their own shelf. It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s time for for romance. Please, ebook readers, check them all out so I can justify buying more Scotsman romances. YUM.
Need a good romance to start with to steam up your August nights? There are two that I love to recommend to romance virgins. The first is Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean. This is a Regency romance, so it is full of beautiful dresses and elaborate social rules. The second is Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie. This is a contemporary classic that involves some very imaginative scenes with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. They are both sublime and you ought to read them however you can get them.
(This is Stephanie, by the way, as your guest tumblrer for the week. I’m sure Erin would be mortified if she thought you all were thinking she’s into Scottish rogues. Even though she TOTALLY IS.)
Guys! We’re hiring! Sort of!
We’re looking for an intern in our Readers’ Advisory Department. Could this be you? Working at Darien Library is like playing and working at the same time.
Darien Library – one of the busiest and highest-ranked public libraries of its size in the country – seeks a service-focused, curious and enthusiastic student to become a member of the Readers’ Advisory department for the fall semester. The successful candidate will be a strong reader who is comfortable with social media and mobile technology.
This internship is designed to give the student experience and exposure to all aspects of our unique service department providing reader services to the community. The intern will learn about the inner workings of the Library’s Welcome Desk, providing readers’ advisory and promoting Library collections through physical and virtual spaces. The intern will also be expected to develop and execute a project that enhances readers’ advisory services for Darien Library.
The internship is for one day a week for one semester, with flexibility based on the student’s schedule. Darien Library will provide meals and Metro-North train passes for the duration of the internship.
Apply by sending a cover letter and resume, no later than August 19, to Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services (email@example.com).