Time for a shameless plug:
We just dropped our son off at college this week, and you know what I’m the most envious about? That he’s going to school in Boston, which gives him access to the Boston Public Library! He’s our third child in college, and they’re all good readers, but even so I’ve encouraged all of them to visit their town’s public library and apply for a free card. Public library collections are very different from college library collections, since the colleges need to cater to a specific audience – namely the professors and students, focusing their collection on materials that can supplement coursework. Years ago I worked at a small public library in Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, and one day two young ladies walked in, obviously new students at the school. They looked around the small magazine reading area, taking the entire library in in a few glances. Back then the library (now in it’s own gorgeous building) rented space in a storefront of a strip mall and the staff did their best with the tiny, odd space. We had a magazine reading area, children’s area, public computers and a small staff area in the back of the storefront. Usually we’d get visitors who would look around and then compare it to the big, beautiful library in their home town or places they went on vacation. But these two girls looked around, sighed, and one said to the other, “Oh, yeah. That’s more like home.” Our tiny library was familiar to them, a haven of normalcy in their big, unfamiliar college territory.
What’s in your wallet?
I’m coming to the end of the challenge, so it’s time to evaluate the experience.
If you’ve been reading along with me, you’ll know that I’ve discovered that I could benefit from recording ideas, observations, sketches and other thoughts that might prove to be useful for new ideas. I’ve made some initial contact with other writers, and have supported them during their challenge. But probably the most valuable lesson here was being aware, just by looking for topics to write about, which opened myself up to the possibility of attracting new, creative ideas. And I’m happy to report that I have come across a new spark of an idea, that I’ll probably report about in the coming weeks and months. Will I keep up with this daily pace? -No. My previous pace of posting 3 or 4 times a week was fine with me, and this way I can devote more time to my WIP. –And ultimately, that’s the point of the challenge, isn’t it?
During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers. Join us!
I used to work for a Yale professor whose sole life’s work was studying Jonathan Swift and Gulliver’s Travels, so this recent story from GW Today: George Washington University’s Online News Source interviewing Instructional Librarian Tolonda Henderson about teaching Harry Potter literature classes shouldn’t surprise me. I mean, wow. Wow! #livethedream
This weekend, January 8-12, the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference kicks off in Boston, MA…and one local posted on the event FB page that visiting librarians could – among other culturally unique activities – participate in Sunday’s annual “No Pants Subway Ride” Fortunately, or unfortunately I’ll only be attending on Friday. Sounds like a joke to us country mice heading down to the big city, but folks assure me it’s for real. Follow this link if you want to find out more about the event or its 2002 origins from Improv Everywhere.