My current library haul

I’m talking about my library haul with Linda Mottram on ABC702 this morning. Catch up radio will have the show on for the next 7 days (I’m on in the last 20 minutes) http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/702_mornings/

My library borrowing is quite different to my book buying habits. At the library I feel at ease to borrow items that I would hesitate to expend money upon as they may be unknown authors, unknown TV shows or just unavailable. Here is my pic taken with my precision skills which my sons caption “The Veros School of Photography” – it is a family gift:

Library Haul November 2015

My own haul from last week:

3 DVDs:

Currently Watching:

The Mindy Project – I’ve been binge-watching Mindy Kaling’s 1st season with my son. She is very funny and I love her perspective.

Waiting:

  • Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare retelling FTW!
  • The Thick of It – I am in the mood for some sweary Malcolm Tucker

Books:

Currently reading:

Anne Gracie’s The Spring Bride – the 3rd of a Quartet (but the first that I am reading). A young lady in georgian England who had a poverty-stricken upbringing only wants a stable and rich marriage to keep her from ever being poor again. Then she falls in love with a spy while she is betrothed to a duke. I’m early in the book but I already love it. This is also my only Australian author from my current haul. Continue reading

Listening to Mindy

I’m back on the ABC’s 702 Sydney show this morning. Linda Mottram is on holidays so I will be chatting with Deb Knight about audiobooks – perfect for roadtrips!

I have a deep, dark secret to admit here. But first, let me point out that I adore being told a story. As a young child, I don’t recall ever being read to but my parents were always telling us stories, and particularly my dad would embellish his with hyperbole (this apple does not fall far from that tree). This storytelling time was either at dinner or at bedtime. Bedtime stories would always put me to sleep, and here is my deep, dark secret. I choose my audiobooks for their ability to put me to sleep. Not in a “I’m so bored I can barely pay attention” way but in a search for calm, soothing voices that work their magic and send you into Morpheus’s arms. This is great when I am in bed, but not so good when I am driving. Continue reading

Radio and library links

A few weeks ago I was approached by 702Sydney to discuss books and libraries on The Blurb alongside host Linda Mottram and Pages and Pages bookseller Jon Page and in my ever so librarianlicious way I can’t help but share links to all that I mentioned.

I was only a tad nervous before we began having managed to get only a few hours sleep in anticipation for the show but both Linda and Jon put me at ease right from the start. I had a great time, I sprouted Dewey numbers and I even got to crack a corny Shhh! librarian joke – putting dad jokes to shame 🙂

We discussed Paul Ham’s 1914 and 1914 Centenary projects and scanathons run by public libraries. I have included below some links provided to me by lovely @B3rn. I reviewed Laurie Notaro’s The Potty Mouth at the Table and then we got chatting about libraries. I must say that one of my favourite part of the discussion was James Valentine playing library roulette (in libraryland we call this serendipitous searching).

I do blame Laurie Notaro for creeping into my brain and frying it and making me think that mentioning her writing in polite company (read – radio broadcast) is quite okay. So I grabbed my shovel and dug a hole and mentioned her Hogwarts’ porn story on my first (and hopefully, Ms. Notaro, not my last, thanks to your insidious story) ABC radio show. Just no-one tell my mum. Thanks.

Here is my review that I meant to read out:

Laurie NotaroI was excited to see that Laurie Notaro released a new memoir this year. I adored her essays in Autobiography of a Fat Bride and The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, at times laughing so hard that I could not continue reading. Her first person, narrative humour is perceptive, self-deprecating and wildly funny. She is like a cross between David Sedaris and Judith Lucy.

The Potty Mouth at the Table is Notaro’s tenth book and she continues her sharp observance of events in her life. She recounts having food poisoning on an 8 hour (vomit) train ride, meeting up with a horny ex-boyfriend, maybe finding a dead hobo in her backyard, as well as her not so diplomatic reaction to her friend’s heinous cupcake tattoo and her pinterest foodie hate. Notaro’s sense of the bizarre shines through her writing and I find myself laughing out loud at her tales and reading aloud excerpts from this book to anyone who will listen.

Here are the rest of the links:

ReadWatchPlay

Read Watch Play – the NSW Readers’ Advisory Group blog and twitterchat #rwpchat held on the last Tuesday night of every month. This month – #egoread, Biographies etc!

http://readwatchplay.wordpress.com/

Centenary Links

Doing our bit: Mosman 1914-1918 – coordinated by Mosman Library

Blog, database, photos, collecting days ‘Scan-a-thon’
http://mosman1914-1918.net/project/ – blog, events

Illawarra Remembers – coordinated by Wollongong City Libraries
http://illawarraremembers.com/
Scan and share days at local libraries: http://illawarraremembers.com/events/

There is also a project at Orange – council project, but library involvement –http://www.centenaryww1orange.com.au/

See this post: http://mosman1914-1918.net/project/blog/coo-ee-from-nsw-public-libraries

City of Ryde and Kiama also have programs.

Pronouncing Library
It really doesn’t matter how you pronounce it – just use them!

http://tumblr.libraryjournal.com/post/60656742787/amen

Make-up artists in libraries

Zombies at the Tullamore (Australia) Public Libraries

http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=8939

Bookmobiles

There is lots of stuff on mobile libraries around so I recommend people google the term. However the Shoalhaven libraries bookmobile does tweet from the road @BookTARDIS.

Deselection process of libraries

Here is an example guideline that libraries use for deselection/weeding of library collections. Different libraries use different criteria

http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=libraryfactsheet&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=75744