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One of the things that being a Librarian for *mumble, mumble* years has done for me is made me pretty wince-proof. I've helped people find their favorite brand of underwear. I've found resources to help people with practically every financial and medical problem out there. If you have an embarrassing problem, I can probably help you find

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So what does soldering and travel expert Rick Steves have in common? As far as I know, nothing, except that in the last few days, they’ve been a part of my library work day. Working every day in the library brings new surprises (both good and bad), and no two days really ever look alike. This is the

YA Authors at UDPL

Molly, our teen librarian

I'm coming up on my four year anniversary of being a public librarian at the end of April. It seems like a very long time ago that I was working in both the UDHS and the UDPL libraries. And while I've been a part of so many amazing events, programs, and initiatives, I still think that the

Building Confidence

Jenn, our children's librarian

I was a very shy child, I stayed in the corner at birthday parties and had trouble in large groups. For some reason, being on stage and performing didn’t bother me. I could get on stage and be someone else for a while, even though hundreds of people were staring at me. What does this have to

The Dog Days of my Life

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Apparently, when I put a photo of my dog Nellie in the last blog, I got some of you excited...and then annoyed that there was nothing else in the post about her. All right, folks. I can take a hint! I haven't really blogged about her before, but Nellie is our 13-year old rescued Pomeranian. We got her

I’m a Travelin’ Man

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Lately I’ve been shifting A LOT of books in the adult non-fiction sections of UDPL.  There are two reasons for this:  1) to lower the top shelves whenever possible in order to bring the books closer to eye level, and 2) to arrange the books in correct Dewey Decimal order.  Now mind you, some of the books’

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Children are known for being afraid of all manner of things, from the dark to monsters under the bed to the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz (a very reasonable fear!). For my two-year-old son, however, it’s unicorns. Terrifying, I know. How did this fear come to be? Apparently, from a scene in a Disney Junior's Little

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About three weeks ago, the following conversation happened at the front desk: Kay: We got a Nest thermostat at home. It was free with the solar panels. Claudia: Neat. What does it do? Kay: Well, for starters, you can see what temperature your house is and change it from afar. *pulls out cell phone* See? Our house is currently heating

Jenn, our children's librarian

On Monday the American Library Association (ALA) announced all of the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs). I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them, like the Caldecott for illustrations and the Newbery for writing. But, there are more than a dozen awards given out by multiple divisions within ALA. This day can be compared to the Academy Awards,

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It’s just a few weeks into January, so that means there’s still time to squeak by with your 2017 resolutions or goals. The loftiest goals often offer some type of self-improvement.  Don’t eat the cookies and do eat the kale. I’m definitely more on the side of adding rather than taking away; I’d rather shy away from restrictions