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William Ottens
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5 years ago yesterday to 2 years ago today
Every so often I tend to reflect on my library journey on this blog -- especially when I'm making a big change or recognizing a work anniversary. Yesterday marked five years since I began as Director of the Oskaloosa Public Library , and today marked two ye...
5 years ago yesterday to 2 years ago today
5 years ago yesterday to 2 years ago today
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Death to the NEW Sticker!
If there's one thing librarians love (other than books, of course), it's stealing borrowing ideas from our peers. Last fall, the catalogers and I took a trip over to the  Johnson County Library  central resource library to learn how they work with SirsiDyni...
Death to the NEW Sticker!
Death to the NEW Sticker!
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Look, Play, Listen: Promoting Media Collections at LPL
With streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, do people still check out DVDs and CDs from libraries? At the Lawrence Public Library we'd argue YES! -- but that's not to say we haven't noticed a downward trend over the past couple of years. Despite the p...
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Happy Hour and Dinner at Merchants Pub & Plate
With happy news to celebrate, Nate and I endured a venture into yesterday's 100 degree heat for Happy Hour and an early dinner at one of our favorite spots to relax and imbibe after work - Merchants Pub & Plate . We love the atmosphere of the former bank bu...
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Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
A young bisexual British lord who embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush stars. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee. Henry “Monty” Montague doe...
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Read Harder Challenge Check In (8 out of 24)
I'm happy to say I've been keeping up pretty well with completing two of Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge  tasks each month. Along with expanding my genre horizons, it's also helped me simply read more, as I've pushed myself to read two non-challenges...
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Three Things I've Stolen from the Grocery Store
In order to make ends meet, I recently served a brief stint as a cashier at a national grocery chain. Before I could even touch a register, I had to spend six grueling, consecutive hours watching training videos and another six hours in a group session taki...
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Read Harder Challenge Check In (4 out of 24)
This year, the Readers' Services Staff is encouraging all staff at my library to do the 2016 Read Harder Challenge  - a list of 24 challenge that are intended to stretch your reading boundaries. To add a little incentive, we'll be doing a drawing each quart...
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Book Review - <i>The Great American Whatever</i>
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mo...
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Reminiscing with Historical Romance
My grandmother was an avid fan of the mystery author  Jill Churchill , and when I was in high school, she got me and my cousin both hooked on her Jane Jeffries series. These were quirky, tongue in cheek cozy mysteries with pun filled titles like War and Pea...
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