2012-05-14: Information Station Column
Weeding season is here!! Not only for our gardens at home, but also at the library! We are doing a thorough weed in our adult non-fiction section. Weeding is our highly technical term for discarding books that have not been checked out for an extended period of time and do not seem highly likely to get checked out in the future. This is NOT one of my favorite activities because who wants to get rid of books!?! But it is necessary to keep our collection current and active. SO, stop in and check out our book sale carts – you will find LOTS of goodies on there! And you can also help us by letting us know if you’d like to see more of certain types of books. We want to purchase books for our collection that speak to what you need and are using – so let us know if you are not finding what you need. With the invention of the internet – we see less and less of our non-fiction books being checked out. Let’s face it – sometimes it is just easier to “google” it than to stop in and pick up a book to do research. We don’t blame you at all – but remember that we still have plenty of books here to help you in your search AND we have our online Encyclopedia Britannica that you can access from our website and use anytime from home as well. We may not be putting as many dollars into physical non-fiction books, but we are trying to purchase databases and other tools that are just as useful. Let us know how we can help!
Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock is a book that is my recent rant. I am telling everyone how much I enjoyed this book. It is not an easy or happy read, but it is real – and captured my attention from the very beginning. It is the tough story of Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler – two people that fell in love and knew from the beginning that their marriage was going to be a fight. And what a fight it was! Lucy battled breast cancer early on in the marriage which was a huge stressor. Not to mention Mickey is bipolar and struggles to keep himself out of the hospital almost on a monthly basis. The pair come together and fight through these issues – which only makes them stronger. But when Lucy becomes pregnant – that is when the real story begins. They made a promise to each other that they would not have any children because of their situations and health – now it all seems to come crashing down when this baby is on the way. There are tough decisions ahead for both of them as they battle a pregnancy that may ruin their marriage AND other health decisions that seek to ruin them both. This is a tear jerker – I was sobbing – literally sobbing at parts of this book – it is heavy and it hurts. But what an amazing story and amazing characters. Truly a book that stays with you long after you have turned the last page!