Thursday, May 25, 2006

Stay Connected with the LO Library Through Bookletters

Stay Connected with the Lake Oswego Public Library through BookLetters newsletter e-mails. BookLetters e-mails are an easy and fun way to find out about happenings at the library and throughout the community. By signing up, timely notices of scheduled activities and events can conveniently be delivered right to your home or office.

BookLetters also keeps you up to speed on the latest services and resources provided by the library with periodic updates from each of our departments. By signing up for BookLetters you’ll gain access to online book discussions, the hottest new titles and authors, professional reviews of the titles you want to know about, and even our own staff recommendations. You can even reserve the books right from your e-mails.

Check out the other cool things available through Bookletters page, too, like BookPage Reviews or the Author Directory or the Bestsellers/Awards lists.

Sweet, huh?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Thinking About How to Help You Better

I'm reading a great article on improving 'readers' advisory' service to library users. Others are reading and pondering the same article...

Do, please, even if you're 'just' looking for a good book, ask us for help. We love this stuff. We want to help you find good books. Truly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Short Novels Get Short Shrift

Why don't more short novels show up on the 'bests' lists?

(FYI, at the beginning of our next Whadda Ya Readin'? get-together, I'll briefly highlight some 'terrific short reads')

I should mention that the kaleidoscopes I'm putting on this blog are made using the fab Make Your Own Kaleidoscope tool at This one was done using the URL for the cover of an old edition of Red Badge of Courage (this particular book available for just $5500 from Chapel Hill Rare Books) , a fine book of only 176 pages.

Fiction AllSorts: The Scarf by Joyce Carol Oates

I haven't chosen the story for June's Fiction Allsorts yet, but for last week's Allsorts I read "The Scarf" by Joyce Carol Oates. Fiction Allsorts is the storytime for grownups that we do at Your Local Library once a month, on the third Thursday. 10:30 a.m.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Summer Reading!

You may not know that every year, Your Local Library has a big Summer Reading Program -- for adults as well as for children. Here's the scoop:

The 2006 Adult
Summer Reading Program

June 1 till September 19, 2006

Read books! Win prizes!
Escape reality!

How it works:

This program is open to library card holders 18 or older.
Register for the adult summer reading program at the Adult Services Desk on the main floor. You may register at any time during library hours
starting on June 1 and ending on September 18.

For each book you read or listen to, you may fill out a form for
our weekly prize drawing -- simply place the completed
form in our prize drawing box on the first floor.
(A ‘book’ is generally a volume of 175 pages or more. A ‘book
on tape or CD’ is typically three or more cassettes or the equivalent on CD)

Weekly prize drawings will be held on Thursday evenings; winners will be notified by telephone. An individual may win only one weekly prize during the summer, but all cards (including those of weekly winners) will be entered in the Grand Prize drawing. Our Grand Prize drawing will occur during author
Karen Karbo’s library visit on Tuesday September 19, 2006.
There is no need to be present at a drawing to win any of our
Adult Summer Reading Program prizes.

Our Grand Prize is a gift certificate for a two-night stay at the
Sylvia Beach Hotel in Nye Beach, Oregon. Weekly prizes generally include
gourmet chocolates and bookish gift certificates.

For more information, contact Kiera K. Taylor at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034, 503-697-6581,

(that kaleidoscope image? Made with the fabulously cool Make Your Own Kaleidoscope toy using this flying book image)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

New Group in Lake Oswego!

New Book Group starts next week!

It's called "Whadda Ya Readin’?"

If you like to talk about books, then you'll want to join
your neighbors for a conversation about what's hot and what's not!
We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 4 p.m.

For the first 10 minutes or so the librarian will highlight books in a category –
for May 10 it will be "Summer Reads: Reserve Them Now".
For June 14 - "Terrific Short Reads".

Then each participant gives the title and author of a book they’ve recently read (in any subject or genre, fiction or non-fiction) and says if they liked the book, and why. Just a couple of sentences does the trick!

It’s easy, it’s social, you get great reading tips, and, most important,
you read what you want to read!

Where: The Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street,
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

There is no charge to participate, and it is not necessary to register.

For more information, contact Kiera K. Taylor, Adult Services Librarian, at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034, 503-697-6581,

New Book: My Sister's Continent

My Sister's Continent is a contemporary reworking of Sigmund Freud's "Dora" case study.

"As Kirby digs into her sister's journals, she discovers ugly truths about Kendra's world..."

(an online discussion about this book starts May 8 at The LitBlog Co-op Site.

It All Begins with the Mystery

...pretty much all of Western Literature (novel-wise) borrows the form of the Detective Story in that the reader begins not knowing what will come and then embarks on a journey of enlightenment, discovering clues, so to speak, as he/she travels toward a point at the end that is a moment of revelation for both character and reader...

A. M. Holmes is At It Again

There’s never been anyone like A. M. Homes in American literature before, and there almost certainly never will be again, says blogger Bookslut.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006