Thursday, November 5, 2015

On trying to blog again & one reason I love public libraries

Well, it's been a long time since I wrote a post. I have been very neglectful of this blog for quite awhile now. I managed to fall out of the habit of writing regularly and then avoiding starting up again became a habit. About a month ago I thought to myself that I missed writing and that I'd like to get back into it again, and a set of ideas for different themes I could use on this blog popped into my head. But then I just put it off because I wasn't in the mood to start writing/scared of starting again because I can be a real chicken about putting myself out there to be judged. My best friend Angie, who is my biggest supporter (along with my mother) and my biggest encouragement and inspiration, is doing a blog post every day this month. So after reading one of her posts earlier this week I told her how much I love reading her writing, and when I told her that she said she loved mine, and she's not the type of person to just return a compliment like that or to bullshit me so I believe her when she tells me my writing is good. So with that encouragement I thought, you know what, I'm going to do it too, I'm going to do a blog post every day from November 3rd to December 3rd to get back into the swing of writing. Well you'll notice it's November 5th now and this is my first post of the month, Tuesday night I got sidetracked by: CSI: Cyber, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Scream Queens, and last night I had a few errands to run, some volunteer work to do, and I was just really into the work I was doing on the house I'm building for Angie in the Sims 2 (which I was still working on again tonight as well) so I didn't end up getting around to writing any entries. I decided that tonight, no matter what I was going to start, so my month of a blog post every day starts now, with this post, and will last until December 5th. After December 5th I will try to blog as regularly as possible, whether that will be every day or not remains to be seen but I will keep it up this time.

As far as they ideas for themes I had in mind, I thought that, in keeping with the theme I have for this blog that I would write about:

- General reading/writing topics on Mondays
- Fun things I come across at work (I work in an Academic Library) on Tuesdays
- Comics/Comic TV/Films on Wednesdays (Mostly so I can geek out about The Flash and AoS which come on on Tuesday nights)
- Libraries and library associations on Thursdays
- Book reviews on Fridays
- And time permitting on the weekends I thought I'd post some creative writing in order to help me get back into doing creative writing regularly too

So since it's Thursday, I thought I'd end this first post off by talking about libraries. Specifically tonight I'm going to talk about something I love about public libraries. I love the reader's advisory service offered by public libraries. For those of you that don't know what reader's advisory is, I offer the definition from the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science:

Reader's advisory is a service provided by experienced public services library staffers who specialize in the reading needs of the patrons of a public library. A readers' advisor recommends specific titles and/or authors, based on knowledge of the patron's past reading preferences/requests. This type of information is also provided by reference works such as Reader's Adviser: A Layman's Guide to Reading published by Bowker. For genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, romance etc.), the standard guide is Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction (Libraries Unlimited, 2000) by Diana Tixier Herald. For online readers' advisory, try Find a Good Book: If You Like... from the Hennepin County Library, or Book Browser from Barnes & Noble.  (Reitz)
 Like I said above, and I believe I've mentioned before, I work in an Academic Library, I am a trained library professional. I've taken a course specifically geared toward learning how to do reader's advisory for genre fiction. I provide reader's advisory for friends, family and people I know on Facebook quite regularly. But reader's advisory is not what I do every day, I don't know all the tricks and tools and I am willing to admit that. Although in this instance it took me 4 days before I was willing to admit defeat and turn to the Waterloo Public Library for help, because I felt like I should have been able to do it myself. After finishing Colleen Gleason's The Chess Queen Enigma last week I got it into my head that I would love to read some steampunk that is set in Victorian Canada instead of Victorian England, so I started hunting for some. After 4 days of trying the only thing I found was an anthology of short stories that won't even actually be published until next April! (Sad face, I want it now!) So this afternoon I admitted defeat and emailed the WPL for help sheepishly. I was totally, absolutely thrilled and impressed when I got a response less than an hour later with 3 titles that they had found that fit what I was looking for! And the staff member who contacted me was even helpful enough to place a hold on the item they had for me, put in an Interlibrary loan request for the one that could be obtained through ILL and submit a purchase order for the one that couldn't be! So yes, if you're ever stuck trying to find something for you next read, or for a specific type of book you aren't even sure exists, ask the staff at a public library, they are really good at it!


Reitz, Joan M. "Online Dictionary for Library Sience - R." ODLIS. ABC-CLIO, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2015.


  1. I'm glad I inspired you to write more, although I missed my own post last night oops

    1. Me too <3. You always inspire me :). Write an extra one this weekend to make up for it sweetie.