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June 15, 2021
After reading Detransition, Baby and Memorial back-to-back in May, I figured I should keep reading recent LGBTQ+ books and write some reviews for Pride Month. (We should pay attention to LGBTQ+ voices all year, of course, but the timing happily w...
January 16, 2021
It’s January. Time for resolutions and new beginnings. While leading a healthier lifestyle or finally sticking to a budget might be on your mind right now, I’m not going to give you a list of diet cookbooks or financial self-help selections. Inste...
December 8, 2020
I’ve belonged to a book club for over 17 years. Women have come and gone, but the dynamic stays the same. It is a group of women in their 50’s brought together by a love of reading. We also understand the importance of our relationships within the...
August 11, 2020
In all the Coronavirus chaos over the past few months, staying up-to-date on new books has understandably not made many people's to-do list. And while it's likely you still heard about new releases by heavy-hitters like Patterson, Baldacci, and Co...
May 26, 2020
As a librarian, I sometimes have the annoying habit of giving my loved ones endless unsolicited book recommendations. This is completely hypocritical of me because in reality, in a good month, I might read one book myself. That said, I find great...
April 21, 2020
With working-from-home becoming the new-norm, we are all spending more time than usual in the company of our pets—much to their delight, horror, or indifference depending on species and personality.
And maybe we've gone a little crazy not bei...
April 7, 2020
To help you complete the Spring 2020 Adult Reading Challenge—as well as keep you sane during these trying times—we'll be doing several "staff picks" lists with our recommendations for some of the challenge activities.
First up, "Listen to a ...
March 24, 2020
When people find out I’m a librarian, they often assume that I read a lot of literacy fiction. Spoiler, I do not. I actually do not read a whole lot of books, maybe one a month. When I do read a book, I tend to read items that are light, fluffy, a...
March 3, 2020
Reading is pretty great any time of year, but there’s something special about reading while getting curled up under a blanket with a mug of something warm nearby as the snow falls on the other side of the window. You could read anything, of cours...
February 14, 2020
Valentine’s Day is upon us!
For many, a lovable or relatable character can make a huge difference in the way we interact with a story.
When staff at the Waukee Public Library were asked what characters they would write a Valentine to, ...