From the Director

Library news and happenings.

What Are YOU Reading?

Friends and acquaintances who know I work at the library and read a lot, often ask me: “what are you reading?”

I usually have a “main” book and several “pick-up” books that I am reading. I’m currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, a sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. These are not the type of books I usually read, but they’ve been so highly recommended by reviewers and reading friends that I picked them up and have barely put them down: what page turners. They should be read in sequence to continue the story. This second one exposes the extensive sex trafficking operations between Eastern Europe and Sweden. Its story and character driven.

My secondary books are usually ones that are not page turners, can be picked up and read a chapter or story at a time, and might take me months to finish. I bought Booknotes: America’s Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas at the Friends Bookstore for $1. It’s two pages of interviews with authors from the TV show of the same name and is interesting, quick reading. I have more books for my list-of-books-to-read-sometime from these interviews.

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas is an engrossing description of the Great Lakes from a schooner, racing yacht, and a voyageur canoe with some history, ecology, and family memories along the way. Its easily picked up and put down, but interesting reading to those of us familiar with the area.

All of these books are in our collection. I recommend them all! Now its your turn – what are you reading?


The Girl Who Played With Fire

Nonfiction Favorites of 2009

Well, it is not quite year end, but nevertheless, I am ready to declare my favorite nonfiction books of the year. Note that these are my favorites from those I read, not necessarily published this year.

My top three choices reflect my ongoing interest in reading about U.S. Presidents:

I do read nonfiction about other topics too. To round out my top five:

I’m still working on my fiction list. I’ve read more fiction and it’s hard to pick my top five or even my top ten.

Now it is your turn to share your favorites.


Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

Recognition for “Stitches”

The season for “Best of…” has begun. As I wrote previously, the first list I saw this year was best books in the Nov/ Dec issue of Bookmarks magazine.

Publishers Weekly has published the PW TOP 10 and PW TOP 100. That’s a lot of good books, at least in the eyes of the PW editors.

Not surprisingly, David Small’s Stitches is on the PW TOP 10 list. Those of us who have read David’s book and attended his program at KPL or elsewhere in the community, know this is a powerful graphic memoir well deserving of this recognition from Publishers Weekly and its nomination for a National Book Award. (If you missed David’s presentation, watch or listen to the entire program here.) 

David has been a special friend to KPL and our patrons. Congratulations on this nomination, the top 10 listing and the many more recognitions sure to come his way.

We have David’s books, most of which are in the children’s collections. Come visit and check one out.