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Yesterday I took a trip to my new local library. After receiving my new card, I asked to be directed to the reference desk. There were two librarians available, one older and one younger. I approached the younger first and asked for a romance novel. She looked confused because I was not specific. She asked what type I wanted..Historical? Contemporary? Suspense? I said I was not really sure. I just wanted something easy to read on a trip.
She turned with a questioning look to the older librarian. She immediately grabbed a pen and paper and started suggesting authors. Phillips, Carr, Mallery, and Roberts. She explained slightly about the differences in the story/theme of the different authors. The suggestions that she gave me all had multiple books that would provide for further reading opportunities for a patron.
The one thing that I felt was missing in this experience was the librarian taking the time to teach the patron how to find materials on their own. I know I came up with a direct questions about a specific genre, but it would have been an excellent time to “educate” me on how to find the same information in the database.
Hello! My name is Claudia. I am newly married and now a mother of five (instead of two). I have recently changed my entire life from becoming a wife, quitting two jobs, moving away, finishing my Masters degree this semester, and reinventing who I am. I am a Netflix junkie and use to be an avid reader until a few years ago. Life got too busy and I forgot how much I loved reading. Recently I started again, and I am hopeful that this class and my other literature class will give me an opportunity to bring that love of reading back into my life.
When it comes to reading, I am a “wild reader”. I have genres or styles that I like but am willing to try new things all the time. Thankfully my two children (18 and 14 years) have the same passion for reading that I do. We share books and have discussions about them on a regular basis. My new step-children (10, 14, and 18 years) are not readers as much, but having a librarian step-mom is already changing that.
Some of my favorite authors are Koontz, Rowling, Condie, Kidd, and Sparks. My favorite books of all time are Harry Potter and Wizard of Oz. I tend to gravitate toward young adult literature because of sharing with my children. I will try new authors and genres though. I recently read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It was an inspirational and heartbreaking story.
I look forward to learning from this class and all of you. Sharing books and authors has always made for the most interesting finds.