02 January 2014

New Year, New Stuff

Whoops! Where did the time go?

I have to admit, it has been a really busy last couple of months, the biggest one being this:

We welcomed my grandson, Duncan, on December 9th. Yup, I said grandson. "Why Kristi, you don't look old enough to be a grandmother?" 

Y'all are saying that, I know. Right? I hope? Well, in this day and age, I am not, not really, yet such is life. I knew that 2013 would be a year of changes, however this one really was not expected. 

Really though, how could one not love this cynical face?

So, this really put a crimp in my December, however I did accomplish a lot with the library. Our fundraising continues for a Mobile Laptop Lab. We received a Challenge Grant earlier this year for 50% of the funds if we raise the other half. We are almost 3/4 of the way there as of today! We had some big technology changes with going to Envisionware for print and time management, and moving to our consortium's wireless network as opposed to our own line for the public computers. This will definitely help when the MBI Broadband Project completes the final segments and we have a dedicated fiber line into the building. We expect this in the next couple of months. 

Also, January means we start planning for our Summer Reading Program! Judging by the current weather conditions (schools are closed the next two days because of the storm coming through New England), thoughts of summer will not be unwelcome. I hope I can plan some fun things for the adults to do this summer. My Youth Dept. Supervisor and I also plan to hold an SRP for teens for the first time, so we are really going to be in planning mode this winter and spring.

Of course, a new year brings thoughts of new beginnings and the resolve to start new things. While I could regale you with my plans on improving my mental and physical well-being, my desire to actually complete some knitting projects, and a clean out of my attic and basement (exciting stuff, no?), I think that what I will actually share is my reading plans.

This year I want to work on improving my reader's advisory skills, and a big part of that is breaking out of my comfort walls and taking on different genres and stories. Obviously my heart belongs to science fiction and fantasy, mystery and homesteading, but that does not work for everyone that crosses the library's threshold, sadly. 

Part of my plan was to make sure to read one or two of the titles on each LibraryReads list this year. Many are from genres that I do not frequent, so that will be one direction to go. Then yesterday I discovered a Tumblr post by my friend surlyspice, about A Year of Reading Suggestions, which seems to hit all of those sweet spots that I have missed throughout the years. Each month is a different suggestion, and January starts off strong:

In January, read a book published the same year you were born.What was the world like the year you were born? Get in a time capsule and read a book that reflects the culture, views, and lifestyle of the era of your birth. Tip: Google search for best seller list [year].
Goodreads has done a lot of "Most Popular Books Published In [Year]", including my own birth year. There are some interesting looking titles, and some that I have already read, go me! I am leaning towards the top title, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, because I have to admit I haven't read it yet, and so many of my library- and age-related compatriots have.

What do you think of the choice? Any others on the list deserve more of a chance?