Romantic Wednesdays: Recent Favorites

~posted by Eric G.

Every month, librarians across the country contribute to LibraryReads, a site that features top ten lists of new, noteworthy books. These lists cover books across all genres that are often missing from other lists, from self-help books to biographies to romance. Here are some recent romance favorites from our nation’s librarians.

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda JonesSixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Yes, this is the sixth entry in the series, so if you haven’t started yet with First Grave on the Right, rest assured that this genre-bending adventure keeps getting better! Prepare for plenty of humor, horror, hijinks and heat with Charley Davidson, a private investigator who also happens to be a Grim Reaper. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Recent Favorites”

Library Love Fest, this Monday at the Central Library

We love librarians here at ShelfTalk (psst: many of us are librarians), and our readers do too, judging from some of our most popular posts on Librarian Fantasies and Librarians in Fiction. This Monday, January 28 at noon, that love will be on full display during a special “Library Edition” of SPL’s regular story time for grown-ups, Thrilling Tales. I’ll be reading three short stories:

Yelling librarians confront book worms

In Blake Charlton’s Spellwright, if you can’t spell right, you can’t become a spellwright at the wizard school in Starhaven, where Nicodemus Weal lives. He has a unique disability: every spell he touches goes wrong, partly because he can’t spell the words written in his body, and partly because a piece of his soul lies trapped in an emerald held by an evil demon. If the story so far sounds a bit like a Harry Potter episode written by Terry Pratchett, please keep reading!

Nicodemus is a cacographer – one whose magic mixes up others’ – a Continue reading “Yelling librarians confront book worms”

Meet your new City Librarian

Everyone is invited to an open house to meet new City Librarian Susan Hildreth from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library. Stop by any time during the open house to visit with Hildreth and enjoy refreshments!

hildreth4There will be a brief program at 2:30 p.m. featuring remarks by Mayor Greg Nickels, City Councilman Nick Licata, Library Board President Eric Liu, The Seattle Public Library Foundation Board President Susan Adkins, Friends of The Seattle Public Library President Linda Ruiz and Hildreth.

Hildreth comes to Seattle from California, where she was the state librarian. While there, Hildreth managed a $70 million budget supporting California libraries and cultural institutions. Before that, Hildreth was city librarian of San Francisco, overseeing an annual operating budget of more than $58 million and a $130 million building program.

Hildreth is the former president of the Public Library Association and served on its board of directors. She was an elected member of the council that governs the American Library Association. She is a longtime member of the California Library Association and has served as its president and treasurer. Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in business from Rutgers University.