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 […]

My local libraries

If you were in any doubt that in any relative distance, north, south, east or west, from where you are living, that there is a plethora of knowledge, social culture, history and technology, all for free, then look around you! Beautiful buildings, extensive collections, customer service and guidance…. Burnham On Sea Public Library The purpose-built […]

That thing called Marginalia

marginalia [ˌmɑːdʒɪˈneɪlɪə] pl n (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter [New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal] I, along with plenty of book lovers, have a concealed fascination for marginalia. The scribbles and notes of former readers are not meant to be ‘spoilers’, but instead […]

A history of saving Libraries

Why is it that we always seem to be fighting to save our Libraries when they’re importance and place in the community has been evident since the days of the bibliothekai of the Library of Alexandria set up by the Ptolemaic kings at the end of the third century BC? It’s time to address the […]