A Taste for the International: Children’s Books Overseas

October 8, 2019

In 2011 I found myself six months pregnant in Bologna, Italy. Ostensibly there to write a piece for School Library Journal I was actually there to investigate a rumor. For years I had heard that the Bologna Book Fair, held in Bologna each year, was not going to be of much interest to me, a […]


Poetry: Not Just for April Anymore

September 25, 2019

Publishing runs in cycles, and libraries consciously and unconsciously follow those cycles. Because April is considered National Poetry Month, there is a temptation to just read all the poetry you like then, and forget about it for the rest of the year. Happily, that is not how Evanston operates. But while ours is a poetry […]


Evanston, I Love You, But You Are Weird

September 11, 2019

Let me be clear that prior to taking my current position as the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library, my primary experience was in purchasing children’s literature. Evanston has provided a learning curve these last four years, and I believe that at this point I have a pretty clear sense of what the city […]


Libraries Do That? Introducing the Dementia Resource Center

August 28, 2019

When I lived in New York City I would, on occasion, find myself dining with folks not usually in my social circle. These people would ask what I did for a living and they could be a bit surprised when I said I was a librarian. “A librarian? Are there still libraries anymore?” they’d joke. […]


Libraries on the Front Lines: What You Need to Know About Changes to Your Ebooks

August 14, 2019

In the beginning, when libraries around the world started buying and circulating ebooks for the very first time, publishers were concerned. Very concerned. Suddenly the old lending models didn’t seem to apply anymore. Why should libraries be allowed to circulate digital titles, books that will never show wear and tear after multiple uses, without needing […]


From Lending to Selling: What a Booksale Says About Its Readers

July 31, 2019

Ever since the Evanston Public Library ceased its regular book sale on the third floor, we’ve had to deal with the constant influx of donations we receive in new ways. To deal with the bulk of the donations, for example, we placed a large green Better World Books bin on the side of the building […]


Don’t Let Ariel Go It Alone: The Black Mermaid Booklist of EPL

July 18, 2019

You may have seen the recent announcement surrounding the latest live action Disney movie, The Little Mermaid. In a surprisingly refreshing move, the studio cast Halle Bailey, an African-American actress, as the new Ariel. The response was universally supportive. Yeah. I wish. No, as you might expect, the racists came out of the woodwork in droves […]


Please Don’t Stop the Music: What Evanston Won’t Read

July 2, 2019

Sure, it’s fun to look at what your fellow Evanstonians are checking out of the library these days. But there’s a certain fascination that comes with seeing what they won’t touch with a ten-foot-pole. Case in point, books about music. It’s not that Evanston doesn’t like music. It’s just that folks here in town would […]


Need Amazing Children’s Books in Spanish? Hilda’s Got Your Back

June 5, 2019

I’m continually fascinated by those people that specialize in specific forms of literature. Let us say, for example, that you wanted the latest, greatest list of children’s books being released. Easy enough, but what if you wanted those books in Spanish? This is a question our public schools and libraries have been trying to tackle. […]


Books to Women in Prison: The Chicago Area Stands Up

May 8, 2019

How is a library unlike a bookstore? Well, for one thing, we’re free. Sort of an unfair advantage there. For another thing, unlike in a bookstore, our stock keeps coming back. No sooner have I gotten one book off of a shelf than another one’s arrived for reshelving. It can be exhausting, not to mention […]