Today everyone met Virginia who introduced the group to the library's latest innovation, "The Book Matchmaker Station" which can be found by the Welcome Desk on Main Street. The "Matchmaker," for short, helps take the guess work out of book selections, by actually pairing “read-alikes” to the books, or authors, you have enjoyed in the past. Just a few clicks of the mouse and you have a librarian’s dream world of books at your fingertips. This service can also be found on our website under Research; then find Novelist in the list of databases. It is fun, it is easy. Come in for a tutorial, we will be happy to help you.
Stephanie, our guest librarian, was all dressed up as she’s dashing off to a publisher’s party tonight (the lucky duck). She presented to the group what she considers her favorite books of all time, and they are not necessarily currently on the displays of the Wonder Wall. After Midnight, was printed in 1937; The Haunted Bookshop in 1917 – "every bookseller has read it and loved it;" A Little Life, printed in Jan. 2016, -- “a story that is so profound it never leaves you;” and All Our Wrong’s Today – not yet published, but soon in 2017 – surprised her with its time altering perspective shifting love story. “It’s wonderfully fast paced!”
Stephanie hung around for a bit while we talked turkey and the fixings and also about Shirley Jackson stories, but most especially about downloading white noise onto your IPhone. It’s a great way to drum out the commuter chatter on Metro North or the subway. Speaking about smartphones and how they inhabit our lives (good and bad) have you ever heard of the app Forest? It is designed to give you a break from texting, checking emails, etc. by growing a tree on your phone screen. The point is, don’t kill the tree. i.e. leave your phone alone. And for those annoying dinner guests who sneak peeks at their phone during conversation, create a phone stack: place all the guests’ phones on top of one another and whomever reaches for their phone first, buys dinner for everyone. The tech world is making it rough out there 2016; what will 2017 be like?
Thank you Stephanie and Virginia for sharing, the book list begin below: