Interesting Notes from Class:
This week we read about ways to conserve, preserve, and repair library collections, including what to do if there is a disaster, such as flooding, fire, mold, or pests.
One of the best ways to preserve a book is called “book training.” Put the book spine down on a table and open the front and back covers. While keeping this position, open the first twenty or so pages of the front of the book, then do the back twenty-ish pages. Keep doing twenty more pages, front and then back in order to “train” the book to open without cracking the spine. — from “Practical Preservation and Conservation Strategies for Libraries,” 2018, by Brian J. Baird, p. 25-26
Books that are not properly cared for, which includes controlling food and beverages, humidity (72 hours = mold), heat, freezing temperatures, sunlight exposure, and water damage, are susceptible to the following pests that like paper and book glue: book lice, book worms (beetle larvae), silverfish, cockroaches, termites, bedbugs, and rodents — from Working with Library Collections: An Introduction for Support Staff, 2017, by Hali R. Keeler, p. 138
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Thanks for all the compliments on my pandemic post! And special thanks to everyone who sent me a selfie! I love them so hard. While I used to think digital pictures meant we weren’t look at photo albums anymore, I realized that with my Pandemic 2020 photo album, I look at the images frequently. You make me smile, and I appreciate you deeply for that. If you want to share with me a selfie (it won’t be posted online!) to go in my photo album, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I love how the photos people are sending me are often couched with the comment, “I haven’t had a hair cut in ages…” Hair control isn’t happening for me either, dear reader. If I put on a face mask, people might mistake me for my dad thanks to these eyebrows.
Thursday’s The F Word by Liza Palmer was a total hoot. It made for some good conversation about what happens when people change the shape of their bodies. How might their internal reality not match how thin cohorts feel other thin people should behave? This book made me LOL for real, but it was thought-provoking, too.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
It’s never too late to talk about The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter. On Tuesday, I’ll give you my review of the audiobook version, read by the author, of this must-have reference book.
On Thursday I’m doing something a big different. Some Grab the Lapels followers have read and loved The Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey. Others have never heard of Lackey and wouldn’t be interested in a novel that’s about eleventy books into a series. That’s fine! On Thursday, you’ll see two reviews pop up from me: 1) The Silver Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon, and 2) Upright Women by Sarah Gailey. That way, if you’re not into #ReadingValdemar or feel out of the loop, you’ll see get something in your inbox that may appeal to you.
In Other News. . .
Yes, I’m still reading Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins to the spouse. I learned he’s not a Boomer, but actually from The Silent Generation (Robbins was born in 1932). Since last Sunday, Robbins basically fell into a publishing deal, another one of those moments that make me unfairly (maybe?) roll my eyes at Boomers, apparently even if they’re not Boomers. Woops!
Emily @ Literary Elephant and I were planning to buddy read Actress by Anne Enright, but I got 45 pages in and stopped. The writing just felt wonky to me, especially when the words didn’t quite match what the author was trying to communicate. I abandoned a contender for a major literary prize so I could read a novel about a hairdresser in a trailer park. This may tell you things about me.
I got my copy of Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby in the mail. I ordered this collection of essays through a local independent bookstore website, meaning she gets part of the revenue. Is anyone else doing something different to support their local businesses during the pandemic? If you need a book and don’t have a local indie bookstore in the U.S., consider ordering HERE.
Next, I feel like we’re not really talking about food? Getting it, making it, eating it. This has all become weird. Like the paranoid weirdo I am (okay, I did see lots of people who coughed and sneezed into their hands pre-pandemic), I’m too nervous to get food from restaurants because I would then have to count on those people practicing the good hygiene I do. #PARANOID. Thus, I run into the grocery store like I’m on some sort of Conan the Destroyer-type quest, get my shit, and run out, making sure to Purell my eyeballs and whatnot before I get into the car.
This year for Easter, instead of going to see family, I’ll be making a spinach meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Don’t get too excited; some of this stuff is mix-in-hot-water easy, but it should be good! Ham is typical Easter fare, but much like toilet paper, pig products have disappeared into the unknown. The spouse and I also have a mission to walk through a neighboring apartment complex and procure some Cadbury Eggs (this is Anne’s fault) from the Aldi’s on the other side of the toll road. No Cadbury Eggs, no Easter.
Lastly, don’t forget that starting May 1st I’m doing a Flannery O’Connor read-along. Many of you own her stories in various books, but you can also find them online or locate The Complete Stories in your library’s e-book collection. The reading order is available in my linked post.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: