Seating arrangements

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 6:02am
KFriberg
Seating arrangements

"Your daughter doesn't sit in the front seat yet?" "No...well, I hadn't really thought about it." "How old is she?" "Eleven." "My daughter started sitting in the front seat around her age, and it changed the dynamic of our relationship." "What do you mean?" "It put us on a level field. When she sat in the back, it was like there was a wall between us, but when she moved up, it became easier for her to have conversations with me. It allowed us to grow closer."

Expect joy

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00am
KFriberg
books, mothers
Expect joy

There's a maternal buzz around the office. A trio of expectant moms who work at the library are all due to have their first child within the next few months. Shared stories, flashbacks and recognition from those of us who have been through the ups and downs of a first pregnancy fill the sporadic lulls of our office days. Certain life events are universal with cliches that ring true. "Your life will never be the same." "You won't believe how fast it goes." "You'll never know how much one heart can hold."

Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:49am
KFriberg
Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

"An Untamed State" by Roxane Gay begins as any fairy tale would, with, "Once upon a time, in a far-off land..." And, the expanse between it, and any fairy tale with which you are familiar, is wider than anything you can imagine. Gay takes the Brothers Grimm to an entirely new level.

True confessions of a readers' advisor

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00am
KFriberg
books
True confessions of a readers' advisor

People often ask for reading recommendations whether I'm on the job or off. It's part of my job description as a readers' services librarian. I haven't read every book I've suggested. For some, it's hard to fathom that you'd be able to suggest a book when you haven't even cracked the cover. Discovery, detective work, serendipity, daily conversations with readers, as well as diligent reading and keeping a close eye on publishing trends are the key ingredients to successful recommendations.

Connections

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:15pm
KFriberg
Connections

In "Mastiff," a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, a couple who are taking a walk come across some other hikers. After the woman has a brief exchange with them, her date asks why she would bother talking to them; after all, she'd never see them again. She responds by saying that that's the best reason for talking to them.

Stand up, Citizen

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 5:50pm
KFriberg
Awards, Book Awards, books
Stand up, Citizen

For the first time in the history of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards, one title, "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine, has been nominated in two categories: Poetry and Criticism.

All we want for Christmas is this

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 3:53pm
KFriberg
books, holidays
All we want for Christmas is this

Standing in line under an umbrella with my daughter waiting for Santa, her nose met mine. People roamed the streets, giving out candy canes and small stuffed animals. No one gave her one. "I want to be shorter, again."

Reflections

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 4:22pm
KFriberg
books, npr, self-help
Reflections

Like other listeners across the nation, a lump formed in my throat when I heard that Tom Magliozzi, who was known to so many as half of NPR’s famed “Car Talk” hosts had died at the age of 77 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anyone who has stumbled across the show would instantly recognize one of the most infectious laughs ever recorded.

What's everyone reading?

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 3:27pm
KFriberg
books
What's everyone reading?

In a recent blog post by author Seth Godin, he talks about what everyone reads. There was a time, he says, when everyone read the same newspaper or watched the same shows. Maybe there was a time when there was greater homogeny. There are so many more media streams, a variety of formatting options, different technology to deliver news, entertainment, knowledge, and opinions these days.

Grown-ups for Gaiman

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:51pm
KFriberg
Grown-ups for Gaiman

"Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good." There are things that surface that take us by surprise and, at the same time, wash over us like a warm stream of water, transfixing, and transporting us to moments we thought were lost.