5 Knitted Shawl Patterns for People Who Don’t Like to Wear Shawls


This author, while promoting a new book, is expounding upon the virtues of different ‘new’ shawl patterns.  This article mentions everything that I have a hard time with when it comes to shawls.  The way shawls slip off, they way that they involve a ton of yarn overs, the fussy look, the awkward way that they fit, and so much more.

This article shows five different patterns and explains how each pattern ‘solves’ one or more of the problems mentioned.  They look really neat and certainly make me want to consider the book for my libraries collection.


Is Amazon Getting Too Big


A lot of what this post seems to be discussing is a possible monopoly that Amazon might represent.  Apparently, to provide savings to Amazon customers they are imposing very strict regulations on their distribution partners. Since Anti-Trust laws protect the consumers rather than the sellers they do not seem to apply to Amazon.

There also seems to be a trend that as you become used to the ‘Prime ecosystem’ you tend to go for that retail outlet more than any other.  This article is attributing 52% of book sales to Amazon, 18.3% of the apparel and accessories market, <1% of the grocery market, 40% of streaming video consumers, etc.

*I do see that this can be an alarming trend.  Even though they are now good for consumers as they begin to gobble up other providers then they are able to raise their prices to an astronomical amount.  Right now other online outlets like Jet and Walmart.com are trying to combat this trend with some degree of success.*

Thirteen Reasons Why Censorship Won’t Help by Amy Diegelman


This article begins in a fascinating manner, where an individual who is staunchly against censorship admits that a book disturbed her enough that she had to carefully consider her opinions.  The book in question almost seems to romanticize/justify a suicide.

Ultimately she realized that pulling the book would not end the behavior.  The behavior was a result of a deeper question/problem that needed to be addressed.  Banning books, restricting access, etc. are just band-aids; short term solutions that allow us to ignore the “Gaping wounds” in a community.

I cannot agree more.  There are so many problems, mostly in my opinion, due to a sense of entitlement and lack of communal feeling, that society is broken right now.

How Do You Get Teens Interested in Classical Literature by Lucas Maxwell


Blind Date with a Book, 19th century edition.  In addition to reading the books, or knowing what they are about enough to create a 2-3 word ‘catchy synopsis’ wrapping these books in butcher paper would probably take the most time.

The author used Canva to create bookmarks for the event, Canva is a very easy to use tool that I had forgotten I knew about.  Now I plan on making sure that everyone I know is aware of it!

The librarian did a 30 second blurb about each book, to give the students an idea of what to expect if they read that book. When the librarian let the students take the paper off some of the students were excited!  Some were disappointed and she allowed those students to make some swaps.  They then held a contest to see who read the most (page count not titles).

This sounds like a really neat way to introduce literature that people would not ordinarily read.  I wonder if the director would go for this among staff in the public library I work at?

New Trends in Library Security by Steve Albrecht

American Libraries Magazine 6/1/2017

With libraries attracting more people, different people, different/more programs, etc. New security issues are coming to the fore.

If you see or smell someone using marijuana in the library tell them it is against the fire code, even if they are vaping, if they refuse call the police.

Panhandlers, religious or otherwise, do not have the right to solicit money using your business as a base.

If someone attempts to express  a religious freedom in a way that blocks access to other patrons they can be asked to move their ‘freedom’ to a part of the library where they will not be disrupting anyone.

If needles and burnt spoons are found in the library then call the police to have them impound the materials.

If someone brings in their “Emotional Comfort Animal” you cannot ask why they have the animal you can, however, ask if they can control their animal.  If they admit that they are unable to control the animal then you can ask them to leave.

If you have patrons that feel entitled, listen to them, let them vent, offer up to three solutions to the problem, but if they persist, exercise your right to say “I’ve got other people to help”.

*There is a lot of good information to keep in mind when interacting with patrons.  I really think that it is possible to be a librarian without getting walked over, while still maintaining control over your library.  I like these suggestions, they are practical while still being kind.*

Lines of Spines What is a Library? by Tim Gorichanaz

This author begins by discussing our concept of what a library is, a refuge for books.  The etymology of Library and words related are from roots in paper, books, building that houses books, etc.

This is a fascinating article that allows the reader to explore different iterations of what a library is/can be.  Readjusting the definition of the library to include all of the different forms of information available can be quite difficult for people to get their minds around.

*Several of our new library employees at the public library I work at have expressed how surprised they are at the wide variety of materials the library has to offer.*

Library Late Fines are Not Helping Anyone by Beth O’Brien


This author is discussing what the library’s main function is versus the benefits associated with late fines.  A Chicago library is cited as having no negative effects when they abolished late fines.  Also a Colorado library is cited as having no negative effects and several positive ones.

The author does then clarify that they are not espousing holding the patrons responsible., simply finding daily fines as picky.  The methods to attempt retrieval are that if your materials are more than two weeks overdue your card is suspended until you have returned that material.

*Jeez, at the public library I work at it can be a month to three months or more before the fines/penalties accrue enough that the account is suspended.  This attempt at more lenient policies is actually stricter than some libraries are at present.  Yes, daily fines are nit-picky, especially if there is no grace period.  They can be a barrier to certain populations, but on the other hand they are a way of teaching personal responsibility.  I HATE hearing people say that they do not use the library/let their kids use the library because they are afraid of the fines.  I really do just want to shake them and say “You’re getting the materials for three weeks, you can renew them for another three weeks.  If you cannot get them back in 45 days the let us know and we will see if we can make an exception!”  We aren’t monsters, personal responsibility has to take some part in this process.*