Category books


Though I haven’t been writing about it, I have been slowly been accomplishing or putting into motion or thinking about the items on my 50 things list. Now, I’m finally motivated enough to write a post. Since the beginning of September, I’ve been working on #32: reread Harry Potter books. I’d read Harry Potter and […]

books & art

In mid-September, I found out about the Book to Art Club, whose goal is “to find hands-on, creative ways to engage with literature – where the process of art-making is more important than the product!” I love reading and I like to craft, but I don’t have enough time for either. (Sad, really, about the […]

Hopeless or hopeful?

I’m hopeless. Or maybe I’m just incredibly hopeful. Contrary to popular belief, librarians do not get paid to sit around and read (I wish that was the case!). Many of us are actually too busy to even have time to read. That is certainly the case for me. Over the holidays, I checked out quite […]

the oscars of the library world

A week ago today, the morning of January 28, the American Library Association announced its 2013 youth media award winners. I attended the announcement — that was the first time that I had ever been there in person. Later that day, I went to a working meeting/ dimsum with the APALA Finance and Fundraising Committee. […]

scary books from YRL

Over the past week, the UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) has been featuring “scary” books from its special collections on its Facebook page. I think that is a fantastic idea, a great way of showcasing some of our fabulous materials. Oliver Mattheusens, a library assistant in my department, has certainly been enjoying himself […]

Originally posted on Wendy Welch: Books, Yarn, Cats, Opioids:
The last stop on loop two of the book tour was Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Women’s National Book Association held a Bibliofeast in honor of Book Month. I didn’t know much about the place before we got here, but Helen, a friend from college, is…

of friends and communities, publishing and bookstores

This is my friend, Wendy Welch. She is a storyteller, cultural ethnographer, professor, bookstore owner, and author. She crochets, sings, plays the harp, and canes chairs. She is basically an all-around superwoman. History I met Wendy about 15 years ago, in grad school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was a year ahead of me […]

librarian’s love life?

I am doing a weekend shift today, and I’m going through some circulars (lists of materials) from the Library of Congress CAPSEA (Cooperative Acquisition Program on Southeast Asia). I came across the following item from the Philippines circular: In the Philippines, people sometimes spell English words the way people actually pronounce them — a kind […]

world of books

A beautiful, delightful film! The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo. Description: “Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. […]

recipe book

Eudora Loh, a colleague of mine, retired after working for the library for 36 years. Last week, a week before her retirement party at our department, I somehow became in charge of creating a present for her. We had a joint retirement party (5 librarians retiring at the same time!) a few weeks back, and […]