Anthropology – Your relationship with your book

Definition of anthropology in English: NOUN The study of humankind, in particular: 1. (also cultural or social anthropology) The comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development. 2. (also physical anthropology) The science of human zoology, evolution, and ecology. ______________________________________________________ Anthropology is most simply defined as the study of humans through time.  In studying a human […]

The power of books – camouflage in the waterways

  I’ve always suspected the protective power of books, the sense of sanctuary in a library or bookshop, and the calm that descends when reading. In his novel, Steven Hall describes the  intriguing premise that all human minds are linked by vast ‘streams’ of language and thought, and, swimming through these streams, are thought-fish. Not […]

The Library of Unrequited Love ~ Sophie Divry

The Library of Unrequited Love – a s0liloquy This book is probably going to be something other than what you were expecting. However, I am delighted to say, the Librarians’ soliloquy is one that we have all experienced or are experiencing – that constant narrative in your head, that portions of, sometimes unwittingly, end up […]

Ten things to bring you back in to the library world ~ a list

I have struggled in earnest to return to Librarianship since leaving it behind in 2011. I have had other distractions and happy days, but never more have I felt the need to re-engage with a career that I am positive and passionate about as now. So here is my to do list which may help […]

Books and the weather…time to reflect!

  When it’s cold I tend to start to think about issues such as the Food bank debate, the gas bill, Elderly loneliness and winter mortality rates, and what it would be like to work at some remote Research Station in the icey north i.e Arctic. I also suddenly remember that I was going to […]

What is it about that bookshop…?

There’s a certain trilogy of movies that for me are entwined together by a book and a bookshop…Shakespeare and Company in Paris. What is it about that bookshop? A rather unusual, welcoming, bohemian refuge in Paris, Shakespeare and Company Book shop is the site for many literature lovers. ‘For Whitman, an eccentric ex-serviceman who travelled […]