“I can’t believe you haven’t read.…” is a common phrase I hear from friends and family. Because I’m a librarian they think I’ve read everything. But you should know that like you I have long reading lists of books that I hope to get around to reading someday.
Growing up a child hears stories about the unexpected discovery of a message in a bottle — usually at the seashore. I believe in miracles and serendipity so I should not be surprised that I found a variation of this theme on my birthday earlier this month. I’d wanted to go to the ocean for [...]
Can’t get enough of those British period dramas? Bummed that Downton Abbey’s 3rd season is just about over? Check out the latest BBC series Parade’s End. The New Yorker called it “the better Downton Abbey.” It’s debuting in the US this month on HBO, but there is not release date yet for the DVD. So [...]
When the New York Times Magazine declared The Tenth of December by George Saunders the “best book you’ll read this year,” the surprising thing wasn’t just that it’s only January, but that it is a book of short stories. Short stories writers don’t usually get the attention and hype that novelists do, and I [...]
There’s nothing like some scary books to get you in the mood for Halloween. If you want to explore beyond Stephen King and Dean Koontz try these International Horror Guild Award-winning titles:
In the coming weeks my partner and I hope to finally close on our first new home! During the process we relied heavily on library resources to guide us through real estate and mortgage terminology, potential pitfalls, and checklists for picking the perfect home.
My family book club recently read True Grit by Charles Portis. It was a great story and made me realize how much I like reading about the pioneer life and the early days of our country. Here are a few of the titles I’ve enjoyed over the years:
This year we’re pleased to roll out a summer reading program especially for the 18 and up crowd! Summer after summer we’ve been rewarding kids and teens for reading, but now, this summer, it’s your turn. For every book you read or listen to, fill out an entry form or stop by and pick up [...]
In an age where examples of scandal and ludicrously bad behavior hit the mainstream through the delivery of a poorly planned tweet, it seems easy to concede that etiquette has gone the way of the typewriter. Headed into the annual minefield that my partner and I refer to as wedding season, I picked up the [...]
Here at the library we are absolutely thrilled that Joyce Carol Oates is coming to Corvallis! If you haven’t heard yet, Oregon State University is awarding Oates the first ever Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement; a prize that comes with prestige, sure, but also a whopping $20,000. OSU is hosting a public discussion and [...]