Saturday, April 25, 2015

‘Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed’ (Book review)

Book cover: 'Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed' by Meghan Daum. Cover image consists of the book's title, in yellow, against a pale pink or lavender background. Over it, the book's subtitle is printed in purple: 'Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids.'
Sixteen writers examine their decisions not to have children in Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed (Picador, April 2015).

Edited by Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum, the book reflects Daum’s assertion that “people who opt out of parenthood ... are not a monolithic group” (2). As these writings make plain, there is no single reason why these women and men chose to remain childless.

But what unites these writers is the way in which society feels it can judge or intervene in this among the countless other decisions that can define an adult life.

Roller-derby librarians!

These librarians aren’t on the usual sort of “wheels” that I showcase, but I couldn’t resist passing along an article from the Arizona Daily Star, which proclaimed that “Librarians become new selves when not between shelves.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sewing for Body Support Systems, Inc.

Had a productive day: worked my shift in Bellview Elementary School library then rode my bike to Body Support Systems, Inc., where I put in 2.5 hours of work doing industrial sewing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Neon socks with short-row-heels

Neon yellow, green and blue-striped socks on double-pointed knitting needles, in a basket with other skeins of yarn and a package of double-pointed needles.

With my sock explorations to-date, I’d used the heel-flap-and-turn technique taught by Ann Budd in her book Getting Started Knitting Socks (Interweave, 2007).

With this latest pair of socks, I decided to attempt the short-row heel technique.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Oregon Battle of the Books, early titles for 2015-2016

Two sets of books shelved between bookends, their spines facing outward. Tented signs in front of them designate the third-to-fifth grade divisions and sixth-to-eighth grade divisions, Oregon Battle of the Books. To the left, a green sign with the logo for Oregon Battle of the Books logo is propped in a wire stand.

Oregon Battle of the Books! At Bellview Elementary School​ library, students are already interested in reading next year’s selections. And fifth-graders anticipate the books they will read in Ashland Middle School’s 6-to-8 division.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

June Ingraham for National Library Workers Day

During my time growing up and entering young adulthood, one steady constant in my life was the Calistoga public library. June Ingraham was the Calistoga librarian, and I honor her today for National Library Workers Day.

Beth Volkman for National Library Workers Day

Logo for National Library Workers Day. Human figures shelve and read books among the letters NLWD, with the acronym spelled out below. Beneath that, additional text specifies April 14, 2015 and hashtag '#nlwd15'
Source of image: ALA Allied Professional Association
Today, in honor of National Library Workers Day, I want to give special appreciation to library workers who inspired me. Among them, Beth Volkman served as librarian at Calistoga Junior/Senior High School in Calistoga, Calif.