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Summer Reading Message: A Rockin' and Readin' 2020

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How has "stay-at-home" treated you, my fellow readers? 

My bookish friends: Have you haunted Little Free Libraries? Have you discovered every curbside bookstore pickup in your area, or maybe mail-ordered more than your fair share?

My e-readers: Have you checked out every ebook you Library offers, or been sucked in to amazing sales from your ebook suppliers?

My listeners: Are you catching up on your already-ample collection? Have you discovered just how many audiobook services your Library offers? Or are you a newbie, discovering the world of audiobooks — and are you a fan? 

I wish I could say I've been able to find comfort and distraction in books, but the truth of the matter is that the pandemic has reduced my reading time and energy. A week ago I didn't even realize it was May, let alone almost Memorial Day. By the end of the very long workdays — because every day is a workday right now — my brain is full.

But all is not lost. I surrendered my exercise-headphones ban an…

Best Books Read in 2019

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I read some really enjoyable books in 2019, and a lot of titles — in part because I didn't stay in my lane. 

I read a lot of graphic novels, courtesy of My Library's ample "Graphic Novel" section. It's suspiciously close to the YA section and the Teen Center, but that doesn't slow me down. In fact, it speeds me up: kids these days have the coolest stuff!

I read some picture books and chapter books. First of all, I don't know why more adults aren't hooked on Mr. Putter and Tabby. (Maybe they are and I just haven't learned the secret wink.) At any rate, people of all ages can appreciate an elderly man and his older cat who get into scrapes with his elderly neighbor and her good dog.

I read The Odyssey in audio, print, graphic novel, and e-book — and discovered that not all booked deemed "classics" stand the test of time, and may not have deserved that recognition in the first place. My opinion was reaffirmed when I read a book about classics …