So, what did you bring home from the library this week? I brought home a book, and something personal.
I brought home one of the hottest young adult novels in our system, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The cover copy says, "In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV."
When sixteen-year-old Katriss Everdeen takes her younger sister's place in the Games, she doesn't expect to survive. But, Katriss is smart, athletic, and fast, and she could be a contender. the sequel to this intriguing story is due out in September. I had The Hunger Games home before, and had to take it back. This time, I'm going to get to it before it's due.
I also benefited in an intangible way this week, from my library job. At the beginning of the month, my Head of Reference retired, and, with the economy, we're in a hiring freeze. So, I've been spending entire days working the reference desk, instead of filling in now and then. I also had a reference librarian out sick all week. Guess who filled in those hours as well?
Do you know what loot I brought home? I'm a much nicer person after spending all those hours on the reference desk. There isn't one of us who isn't worried about losing our jobs. But, hour after hour I talk to people who are filling out resumes, job applications, trying to find jobs. Our library has really changed in the last year. Our computers used to be taken up by teenagers on MySpace and other social networks. Now, they have to compete with the adults for computer time, and the adults are taking over.
We're in scary times. And, talking with my library patrons, and helping them, day after day, has made me nicer, and not as bureaucratic, in some of my work. As Martha Stewart used to say, "It's a good thing." It's part of this week's library loot.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic, Inc., Oct. 2008. ISBN 9780439023481 (hardcover), 374p.
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