Interesting Notes from Class:
We’re on week 8 and learning about library budgets. This is something I would not have a hand in at work, but it’s better to be informed, as the money tied to a library affects everyone — including library staff — in the community.
“. . . if a town, city, or or county is struggling to fund its community, the school and public libraries’ budgets will be similarly impacted. Libraries usually have unqualified support of a community in principle, but the funding may not follow. It is often necessary for a town to take proactive measures to support library funding.” — Working with Library Collections: An Introduction for Support Staff, “Library Staff Support Handbooks, No. 4.,” 2017, Hali R. Keeler p. 23
“Personnel costs are typically 60-80 percent of library expenditures. . . . Collections take up approximately 20 percent of expenditures.” — Keeler, p. 25
“Some municipalities take the library budget to a referendum, which allows every registered voter to cast a ballot. This type of process gives all residents a say, which can work for or against the library depending on the current economic climate and the esteem in which the library is held.” — Keeler, p. 25
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Those of you who read my review of Girlbomb by Janice Erlbaum said you were intrigued, and I’m so glad! It was an effective memoir that really got me thinking about to whom we should offer assistance, and how early in their journey. I have on my list Erlbaum’s follow-up memoir, Have You Found Her, in which Erlbaum volunteers at the girls’ shelter she occupied and gets attached to one resident, only to discover the girl isn’t all she seems (sounds like thriller fiction!).
If you’re like me and are struggling to focus on reading due to “circumstances,” that’s okay. As a result, Shirley Jackson’s nonfiction book entitled The Witchcraft of Salem Village didn’t get much attention. That’s also okay. Whether it’s a virus or village paranoia, contagious things are scary. Can’t focus? Try doing a jigsaw puzzle online (very soothing!). I’m also happy to text or do some video chatting with you. I’ve already reached out to a few bloggers and would love to meet you. Let me know in the comments if you want my info.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I pretty much stopped reading on Monday, but before that was able to finish a lovely memoir about living on a farm and especially about sheep (OMG, sheep 🐑). Catherine Friend’s writing was just what I needed; in fact, no one else’s writing is really knitting my brain fuzz (can your brain manufacture its own Xanax??) into a cohesive patter. 🐑 Check out Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet on Tuesday. (Did she say save the planet? What if wool is virus proof??). 🐑
A road trip to see my niece on her 10th birthday (party was cancelled because venues had just been told to consider closing — thanks,
Obama stupid virus) meant I had hours to listen to an audiobook. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid was a great choice, and I hope I can convince you to check out this popular novel. Review on Thursday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
I actually have no idea how far into My Lady’s Choosing we are because it’s an interactive romance satire written in the style of choose your own adventure books. In a few places, the section has ended and said, “turn to this page.” However, better sections give you wild choices, like decide to discovery the mystery of Sir Benedict’s ousting or go to Egypt and accompany Lady Evangeline while she studies artifacts. Although I had my suspicions that this book was designed to get readers through every plot line no matter what, now I’m not so sure. The other thing is I don’t see an end in sight, whereas the old R.L. Stine “give yourself Goosebumps” books had multiple endings. Every time you died in the haunted amusement park, you could start over and die another way. Not so with My Lady’s Choosing.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: