Friday, July 31, 2015

Online Book Club!

Book for July: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Please share your thoughts about the book in the comment section!

Questions to get you started:

  • Did this change your understanding of slavery?
  • What did you think of the two narrators: Handful and Sarah? What did you most admire about each?
  • How did each of their mothers form Handful and Sarah?
  • Both of them had a “baptism” moment:  Handful in the copper tub and Sarah when she let go of the sea rope at the shore. What did they mean?
  • Handful says to Sara: “My body might be a slave, but not my mind. For you, it’s the other way around.” Do you think that’s true? How did they both find freedom?
  • Which of the male characters did you find most compelling?
  • How is this story relevant today?

    Book for August: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts in August!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Patrons want ebooks and print collections

Right now, libraries are a balancing act. Even as more and more people read ebooks, the print collection at libraries is still important. Readers want both, as mentioned in a Washington Post article.

In addition to balancing those needs, the library needs to consider its other service as a Third Place, as opposed to Home (first) and Work (second). A Third Place is defined as somewhere that is free, accessible and can be a "home away from home."

From the article: "More people come into libraries to meet, work and study today than just to borrow." This is very true. At the Bradley Beach library, many people come in to read, meet a tutor, attend a program, use a computer, or to study on their own laptops.

Collections and space are all important needs, and the library needs to balance all needs. And I would argue, as time marches on and information becomes more digital, the importance as a library as a meeting, work, or gathering space will become even more predominant and space devoted to book collections will turn into more meeting space. But in the meantime, Bradley Beach will continue to provide popular print collections and e-collections through elibraryNJ and Hoopla.