Doughnuts, lists, and another weird patron story

donuts by Flickr user Amy Loves YahI was going to end my post with this delightful fact but it is indeed so delightful I can’t wait: Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day. According to Wikipedia, National Doughnut Day was, “created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.” I’ll admit I read this and thought, Sure it was, Wikipedia. But apparently it actually was. Way to go, ladies, and thanks for remembering Salvation Army. You’re so cool.

So there’s your fact for the day. I have an amusing anecdote for the end of the post so you’ll still have something to look forward to.

In summer reading news, I have my list and I’m a little disappointed. I was telling my fellow librarians that I was stupid and naive because I really thought the lists might be better this year. They’re not really. In my opinion, they are just a patronizing and condesending as the previous list, maybe even more so. One of the books 7th graders who are struggling with reading can read is Dr. Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. A fine book, to be sure. But for 7th grade? I understand that it’s hard to find books for struggling readers that are content and age appropriate without being too hard. But in my opinion, someone going into middle school does not want to read a 4th grade book. They want to read the type of content that they find on my YA shelves, even if the words are too hard.

If the schools would work with us, we could find some better options: books that appeal to a broader age and are easier to read. Or hi-lo books, which are books are hi-interest level, but low-reading levels. They make them for kids, teens, and grownups. They definitely aren’t as cool and it’s hard to teach a lesson on them in class, but I think they are a heck of a lot better than Children’s Fiction for teens.But, I’m dealing with it. It’s hard to deal with the lists that have incorrect titles or author’s names on them, too. But I appreciate that they lists were put together really quickly. I’m just picky.

Tomorrow I’m presenting at a school but the way the middle school lists are set up – three different levels of reading each with their own list of 15+ books on it – makes it hard to talk about the lists. So I’m talking about the books I love and think everyone should read. It’s Anna’s Greatest Hits basically: American Born Chinese, The Wednesday Wars, Rot & Ruin, and a few more. I’m happy to be talking about books I can unquestionably recommend to teens, I just wish they could “count” for summer reading.

Before I go, here’s my amusing anecdote: last Saturday a patron came up to the Main Desk where I was working to let us know there was something sitting out on one of the benches shaving her legs.


Part of me wanted to ask: How? With shaving cream? Without? And finally, WHY? But sometimes it’s better not to know and since our library doesn’t have a specific policy against it and it didn’t seem to be really bothering anyone, we let it go.

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