Spherical Rock Library patrons say they miss searching cabinets
As I write this, 2020 is on its last legs. Turning the clock to the New Year is often a time for reflection and remembrance of knowledge, losses, and blessings received.
New Year’s Eve 2019 was different for me in this regard: to honor the beginning of 2020, a new decade, I decided not to summarize the past year or decade, but to look ahead. Today, as the final hours of 2020 pass, I look back to see if absolutely everything was terrible or if progress was made despite the events that made it such a difficult and turbulent year. There is no question that in the world of technology events have influenced its development and acceptance. I have adapted to Zoom and Teams in both work and personal life. In a strange twist of “too much of a good” when it comes to technology, I went back to basics. Cooking without closed restaurants. Going outside in the absence of closed gyms. Reading books – not e-books on a tablet or device, but physical print books – to avoid screen-time fatigue.
When the library was closed in March and April, we interviewed our customers to determine what they missed most about the library. We were thrilled by your answer: You missed searching through books on the shelves of the library! Linda Sappenfield, one of our reference librarians, has created a “Book Deli” to make this pandemic-era surfing experience better (when unfortunately it is imperative to limit the amount of time people spend in the building). Curated by Linda and our fellow Reader’s Advisory librarians, the Book Deli menu consisted of old and new favorites, award winners, and staff recommendations, often grouped around a specific topic. In November, the menu topic was Wellness Title. December was the winner. Head over to the library’s website to see a variety of themed menus, ranging from popular fiction to heartwarming readings, time travel to cutting edge topics.
Sometimes it is difficult to find good, clean read that still has interesting adult plot and occupies you for hundreds of pages. I agree with the book blogger Mrs. Ladywordsmith when she writes: “None of us like to be surprised by strong language, sexually explicit scenes, or things that scare us. Even so, we don’t take the time to read boring fluff. Reading is our personal escape to challenge our minds and visit places. We want books with good actions, strong characters, and realistic experiences. So what are we reading? “
For those who share that sentiment and want a classic “just a good book” meal by the fireplace, here are some well-written favorites:
“The light between the oceans” by ML Stedman
“The Fixer” by Jennifer Barnes
“My Ántonia” by Willa Cather
“Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck
“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
“Cant wait to get to heaven” by Fannie Flagg
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta is missing” by Rebecca Skloot
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
“The book thief” by Markus Zusak
“These are my words” by Nancy Turner
For younger children, I recommend using our online storytime “Pause and Play with the Storytime Librarians”. Storytime’s librarians, Ms. Jane, Ms. Virginia, and Ms. Andrea create short videos to share a fun rhyme, song, or book. New videos are uploaded to a playlist on the city’s official YouTube channel, Round Rock, and shared on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and (from mid-May) on Instagram IGTV
As 2020 progresses, I am grateful for the beneficial insights and unintended consequences that growth and beauty have sparked amid loss and isolation. Because one is forced to slow down and be patient. For the pleasant process of curling up and enjoying a good book. Thank you 2020 for the lessons I had to learn!
Halley is the assistant director of the Round Rock Public Library.