New Year, Do Nothing

The refrain “new year, new you” is a popular one around the first of the year, exhorting you to fix bad habits, set new resolutions, and generally get your life in order. Maybe it’s time for a change; maybe it’s time to read some books that help you focus on the joy and purpose of doing less. (Sure, this anti-resolution is still a resolution, but I like that it’s less focused on demonstrable achievement). Here are a few books to get you started.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Called “a field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it)” by her publisher, Odell starts by looking at how pervasive technology leads to 24/7 availability, which feeds into an expectation of constant productivity. How do you step back, divert your attention, and reclaim your right to do nothing? Odell has some ideas, as well as examples of how she has done it in her life.

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
In this reflection on leisure, and more specifically on daydreaming, Hampl examines the ways in which quiet reflection feed the soul. Behind her own life of wandering and wondering, Hampl visits the homes of great thinkers of the past (Witman, Montaigne, Gregor Mendel) to reflect on how they wrote about and made use of often-solitary reflection. Continue reading “New Year, Do Nothing”

2019 Reading Resolutions

Image of two shelves of booksIt’s the end of December, a time when many are setting New Year’s Resolutions, although I personally prefer to just go with a list of goals. Whatever your terminology, perhaps you’re considering a reading resolution? If you’d like to undertake one but you’re unsure where to start, here are a few ideas:

Image for Goodreads 2019 reading challengeThe most basic reading resolution of all is to simply set a target number of books to read over the course of the year. Perhaps consider how many you read last year, and go from there. You could choose the same number, or increase the number to challenge yourself. Continue reading “2019 Reading Resolutions”

Re-reading Challenge: That childhood favorite

mistyWe heard from a lot of people at the library who liked David W’s  Resolutions for Readers . Now that there are only two calendar pages left in the year, we’d like to challenge you to take on a few of these resolutions, starting with the first on the list: I will re-read a book I loved as a child.

Take a trip back in time and re-read a favorite book from your childhood.  It could be a title that was read to you (Hailstones & Halibut Bones) ; a title you read like a thousand times (Anne of Green Gables);  or maybe take on an entire series (Chronicles of Narnia).

Your expanded horizons might just make that book much more meaningful (Where the Red Fern Grows)– or maybe make you wonder why you ever loved it in the first place. If you still love it, you’ll have a possibility for a gift for that  niece or nephew.

For all the book groups out there, how about having a night where you share with each other.  You’ll learn a lot about each other and find some great reads as part of the bargain.

Maybe you remember a story but try as you might just can’t remember the title … come see us at the library. We have all sorts of resources to help you rediscover a part of your childhood. 

                                                ~ Julie C, Central Library

New Year’s Resolutions for Readers!

Now these we just might be able to keep!

1. I will reread a book I loved as a child.

2. I will finally read that classic from high school that I’ve been avoiding. 

3. I’ll find a book of poetry and read some aloud. 

4. I’ll spend an hour in aimless browsing at a library. 

5. I’ll read a book written in the year I was born.

6. I’ll create a journal and keep notes about the books and magazines I read.

7. I will assemble a list of my favorite people and send them my ideas about books -favorites, recent reads, and the like. 

8. I will read a book to a child.

9. I will gather a few friends and read a play out loud.

10. I will read a book on the history of my town.

11. I will read a book written from a political point of view totally opposite my own.

12. I’ll read a book about a place I’ve never been.

13. I will reread a book that I just “didn’t get” when I was eighteen.

14. I will read a book written by a non-American.

15. I will ask a librarian to show me some print and online resources for readers.