Category Archives: The Library

The Kitchen: Bread Magic

Baking bread from scratch is an act of diligence, faith, and extreme patience.  I have found nothing as centering as the task of baking bread.  It is an investment of time and energy and focus – deep thought and deep … Continue reading

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The Library: Liberal Religion

We have spent the last month exploring what The Library means to us, both literally and metaphorically.  Behind it all is a powerful legacy and tradition that The Library invests in liberal and progressive religion.  Progressives of many traditions cherish … Continue reading

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The Library: Overdue

I have a very bad habit of keeping my library books for longer than the allotted borrowing period.  Sometimes it is because I haven’t had the time to read them, but more often than not it is simply because I … Continue reading

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The Library: Hallowed Ground

As part of a “getting to know you” game, we were asked at a dinner to show something we had in our wallets that was of importance to us.  That night, I found three library cards in my purse.  We … Continue reading

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The Library: Power and Magic

Time spent in The Library invites me to ponder the difference in certain words that are often considered to be the same. One of our family’s favorite TV series is Charmed,  the story of three sisters who discover as they become … Continue reading

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The Library: Silence

In his book, Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide to Counselors and Caregivers, Alan Wolfelt gives 11 deeply thoughtful guidelines that strike me as not only helpful when journeying with those in grief, but for any set of relationships including that relationship … Continue reading

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The Library: Agency of Change

As a public librarian, I’ve given a great deal of thought to what the public library means to me.  First of all, it is one of the most democratic institutions in our country.  For no money beyond taxes anyone can … Continue reading

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The Library: A 2nd Home

I love the library.  As a child I can remember my first trip as though it was yesterday.  I noticed the smell right away.  It was a combination of the book glue, the plastic title covers, the heat from the … Continue reading

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The Library: Beyond the Ballot

Although the 2014 mid-term elections have concluded, our civic responsibility still deserves our thoughtful consideration.  On Monday I mentioned the two most common voting booth strategies we might employ when we aren’t as informed as we’d like to be – … Continue reading

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The Library: Inquiry

For one reason or another, most of us approach libraries for, among other things, the purpose of finding information that we need, want or are forced (by circumstances) to find.  It really has not mattered why I came to a … Continue reading

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