Monday, March 4, 2019

C-SPL Reader of the Month: Sharon

Youth Services Librarian Sharon Daly is the C-SPL Reader of the Month for March. In this interview, she shares about her love for the Beatles, psychological mysteries, and more.

Q & A with Sharon


Q. What is the best book you have read within the last year (or ever)?

A. Is this a trick question? I feel like Forrest Gump trying to choose from a box of chocolates. My choice from the past year is going to be…drumroll please… She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood. Why did I choose this young adult book about a girl spending the summer of 1966 planning, and scheming, and hoping to meet Paul McCartney? Because I could have written this book!  I felt every thrill and heartache Trudy did, and I could hear every Beatles song played on the radio that summer, and I loved (love) Paul McCartney! This book is all about hopes and dreams with a wonderful twist at the end that, I’ll admit, made me cry. Nostalgia at its best, and even though I cried, I also smiled...a lot.


Q. What is your ideal reading environment (location, sound, snacks, etc.)?

A. Sitting in a lounge chair on the beach with a soft breeze, and the palm trees providing the perfect balance of sun and shade. Oh, and a peach margarita on the table next to me.
If the beach isn’t an option, then my recliner at home with my two dogs on my lap and either coffee, tea, or a glass of wine. 


Q. What book are you most excited about reading next and what about it is most exciting?

I love a good psychological mystery, and Tana French is a master at her craft. Ms. French’s many characters are always very complex and multifaceted. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the plot will spiral into another direction. The answers are never obvious. Her stories are always original, and the crime elements are perfect. I can’t wait to sink into this book, maybe on that beach, but more likely in the recliner.


Q. What book do you think more people should read and why do you think they should read it?

This beautiful, peaceful book is timeless and offers wisdom and guidance in such an eloquent and poetic way. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. It has been translated into 108 languages and has never been out of print. The Prophet was originally published in 1923.


Q. What book has been the most challenging for you to read? How did it challenge you?

Ender’s Game is a science fiction book written in 1994, well before reading dystopian-type books became popular. I found the plot to be quite disturbing after realizing how the children are exploited and used in the Battle Room. The challenge I faced with this book was trying to remember that it was fiction and not reality. Even after I finished reading the book, those troubling feelings stayed with me.


Q. When do you decide to stop reading a book? (In other words, do you read every book to
the last page, or is there a moment when you decide to stop?)

A. I have suffered through many books, hoping for a redeeming moment or a literary epiphany of some sort. Then I saw the t-shirt, So Many Books, So Little Time. Now, if I think a trip to the dentist would be less painful then reading, I know the time has come to put the book down.


Check out Sharon's other favorite books here: https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=1422&sortfield=title

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Staff Review: RX: A Graphic Memoir by Rachel Lindsay

https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=242030
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rat race? Yeah, me too. RX: a graphic memoir by Rachel Lindsay explores the rat race of corporate America from the viewpoint of a woman stuck in a vicious cycle. This quick read pairs Lindsay’s basic, yet poignant drawings with her no-nonsense, straight-forward, and humorous dialogue to suck the reader into her story.  She masterfully shows us what it means to be a ‘human among the wolves.’

Lindsay was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and works a full-time job for the health insurance to be able to pay for her treatment. Ironically, she ends up creating advertisements for antidepressant drugs. We are drawn along with the choices she makes that eventually leads her to be involuntarily committed. As she struggles to process her life while trying to earn her freedom, we join in her battle between sanity and happiness. You will run through a gamut of emotions in a short time when reading this graphic novel, which is something I really enjoyed because it was a short, yet powerful reminder of what it means to be human.


~Thea, Adult Services

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

FY20 Library Budget Presentation Video

FY20 Budget Presentation

Carnegie-Stout Public Library Director Susan Henricks gave a presentation to the Dubuque City Council last evening about the Library's Fiscal Year 2020 budget recommendations.

Here's a link to the video of Susan's presentation. For more information, see the City of Dubuque's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget page.

Monday, February 4, 2019

CSPL Reader of the Month: Thea


The CSPL Reader of the Month for February is one of the Recommendations Librarians, Thea Dement. Thea's verve for adventure, fantasy, and thought-provoking reads come through in her answers to these questions. 

Q & A with Thea

Q. What is the best book you’ve read this year?

A. I haven’t read any noteworthy titles yet in 2019, but my favorite books from 2018 were both from series that I enjoy (and have read every book in).
The first is The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman. It is the 5th book in the Invisible Library Series. This series combines the best of fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and of course books. It follows Irene, a librarian that works for The Library, which is a place that balances the forces of good and evil by collecting books from worlds controlled by each side. The coolest part of this series is the fact that the librarians are really more like secret agents and get to go on a variety of dangerous missions to help save the world. 

The second is The Demon Crown by James Rollins, which is the 13th book in the Sigma Force Series. This series follows a secret government agency that works under DARPA and goes on missions to save the world from various threats. The reason I love this series is that Rollins combines actual events, historical knowledge, and scientific facts into very plausible scenarios that are both terrifying and exhilarating (and hopefully remain fiction!). The Demon Crown features an ancient species from prehistoric times being revived using genetic engineering and wreaking havoc upon the world (no, not dinosaurs!). Sigma Force races against the clock to not only survive but neutralize the threat before it destroys mankind. Each book is action-packed and will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Q. What’s your ideal reading environment (location, sound, snacks, etc.)?

A. I enjoy reading pretty much anywhere. I’ve been known to even walk down the street reading (although I do look when crossing at intersections!). My ideal reading environment would include a comfy chair (or bed) that I can read in for hours without getting uncomfortable and the sound of a purring cat (which is most likely sleeping on me somewhere). 

Q. What book are you most excited about reading next and what about it is most exciting?

A. I’m most excited about reading a bunch of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and action books this year as well as expanding my reading tastes to be able to give better recommendations to others. I also enjoy keeping up-to-date on a number of non-fiction subjects including business and self-help books.

Specific titles I’m looking forward to include the 14th book in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins, Crucible, and the latest Thomas Harris book, Cari Mora. Both of these books are scheduled to come out later this year so I’m impatiently waiting for them! 

One title that is out that I’m looking forward to reading is called Deadly Rising by Jeri Westerson. It is the 2nd book in the Booke of the Hidden Series. It is a fun combination of fantasy and a little romance and follows Kylie, a girl who inadvertently releases demonic creatures in her small town and must work to re-capture them. I really enjoyed the first book so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in this one!

Q. What book do you think more people should read and why do you think they should read it?

A. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This book is a literary classic and in my opinion should be required reading for everyone. I think more people should read it because it draws many parallels to today’s world and would help answer a lot of questions people have about why things are going the way they are. Even though it was written in 1957, you could easily replace the events in the book with current events, which is very unsettling. Rand gives a vision of what will happen if things continue to go the way they are. Perhaps if more people read the book and understood its implications there would be a greater push to change the society we live in.  

Q. What book has been the most challenging for you to read? How did it challenge you?

A. I have a habit of reading negative utopia books. These are books that look at a futuristic society that generally appears to be wonderful but in reality is horrible for its citizens, who are generally living in some form of slavery. Each one I read is challenging in its own way, mostly because of the parallels I can draw between the book and the real world. I like to read them in order to get a sense of how society could go terribly wrong, in the hopes of doing my part to ensure that it doesn’t become a reality during my lifetime. There are also many life lessons that can be learned from these kinds of books, many of which are challenging to accept, especially when they challenge one’s current worldview.  

Q. When do you decide to stop reading a book?

A. I used to read every book all the way through, but I’ve learned that this isn’t necessary. Now, I usually give a book a few chapters and if I’m not feeling it by then I stop reading it. There are way too many good books that I need to read!

For more titles, check out Thea's Favorite Books list!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This Week's New York Times Best Sellers

Fiction Best Sellers
Full 2019 list

1. AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
New this week


2. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
19 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=WHERE+THE+CRAWDADS+SING&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=owens&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=
Full 2019 List 

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama
9 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=becoming&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=obama&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

2. EDUCATED by Tara Westover
47 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=educated&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=westover&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

3. THE FIRST CONSPIRACY by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
New this week


4. THE TRUTHS WE HOLD by Kamala Harris
New this week

5. THE POINT OF IT ALL by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer
6 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=The+Point+of+It+All&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=charles+Krauthammer&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

6. THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
9 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=THE+LIBRARY+BOOK&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=Susan+Orlean&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

7. BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking
13 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=BRIEF+ANSWERS+TO+THE+BIG+QUESTIONS&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=hawking&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

8. THE SOPRANOS SESSIONS by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
New this week

9. KILLING THE SS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
14 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=KILLING+THE+SS&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=bill+o%27reilly&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

10. FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund
14 weeks on the list


11. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
80 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=ASTROPHYSICS+FOR+PEOPLE+IN+A+HURRY&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=tyson&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

12. LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin
17 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=leadership&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=goodwin&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

13. THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis
13 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=THE+FIFTH+RISK&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=michael+lewis&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

14. BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
13 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=BAD+BLOOD&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=John+Carreyrou&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

15. FEAR by Bob Woodward
18 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=fear&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=bob+woodward&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

This Week's New York Times Best Sellers

Fiction Best Sellers
Full 2019 list

1.  WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
18 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=WHERE+THE+CRAWDADS+SING&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=owens&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=
Full 2019 List 

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama
8 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=becoming&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=obama&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

2. EDUCATED by Tara Westover
46 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=educated&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=westover&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

3. THE POINT OF IT ALL by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer
5 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=The+Point+of+It+All&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=charles+Krauthammer&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=

4. THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
8 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=THE+LIBRARY+BOOK&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=Susan+Orlean&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

5. BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking
12 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=BRIEF+ANSWERS+TO+THE+BIG+QUESTIONS&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=hawking&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

6. KILLING THE SS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
13 weeks on the list

7. BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
12 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=BAD+BLOOD&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=John+Carreyrou&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

8. LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin
16 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=leadership&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=goodwin&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

9. THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis
12 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=THE+FIFTH+RISK&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=michael+lewis&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

10. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
79 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=ASTROPHYSICS+FOR+PEOPLE+IN+A+HURRY&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=tyson&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

11. FEAR by Bob Woodward
17 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=fear&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=bob+woodward&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

12. SHADE by Pete Souza
12 weeks on the list 

13. CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY by Andrew Roberts
8 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=CHURCHILL%3A+WALKING+WITH+DESTINY&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=roberts&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

14. BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
10 weeks on the list
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=BEASTIE+BOYS+BOOK&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=diamond&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit= 

15. ALMOST EVERYTHING by Anne Lamott
6 weeks on the list 
https://catalog.dubuque.lib.ia.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=ti&q=ALMOST+EVERYTHING&op=and&idx=au%2Cwrdl&q=anne+lamott&op=and&idx=kw&do=Search&sort_by=relevance&limit=