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Find Me at Whole Heart Local

Librarytour has cast off to sunnier shores at www.wholeheartlocal.com.

This blog will remain online as a reference.

January 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

New Blog!

So.

I’m experimenting with expanding on the focus of what I write about here on the world wide interwebs. Part of my experiment involves taking a hiatus (permanent? unclear) from Librarytour to see if I can combine my library obsession with my love for the local and interest in connection and whole-hearted living.

What does that mean exactly? Drop by and find out!

NYPL lion

See you there.

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September 21, 2011 at 12:34 am 2 comments

Blog Dreams

This evening I’m sitting at the Cambridge Public Library, researching and planning for my next move in blog-land. My head is full-up of lessons learned from WordPress Wordcamp, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. There seem to be so many decisions to make:

  • Start a new blog or try to continue using Librarytour (I’m leaning towards a new blog, especially since I bought a domain)?
  • Use a free WordPress blog, or stretch my wings and skills by paying to have a site hosted?
  • Which theme to use?  What elements do I want to feature?
  • What to do about the fact that my digital camera broke and I’m grounded for a while in terms of access to new photos (of my own making)?
  • Will people like or be interested in my new blog?  Do I want them to be?!
  • Is it wise to devote my time to developing an professional/thoughtful online presence instead of working on the third draft of my middle-grade novel?

Last, and perhaps loudest in my head/heart, is the wish to just be in it already!  If there’s one thing that makes me uncomfortable (rest assured, there are many things), it’s being new.

Chalk drawing of the Copley Square Church

 

July 29, 2011 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

WordPress Wordcamp

I’m excited to attend a wordcamp here in my own neighborhood! Hoping for lots of inspiration and good connections that can help me improve not only my own little blog, but also the website I manage for work.

 

July 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Library back log

I am behind on writing about library visits -so much so that I’ve actually held off on touring and photographing libraries when I’m out traveling.

Libraries I’ve visited but not yet featured on the blog:

  • Paris, ME
  • Brattleboro, VT
  • John D. Rockefeller Library, Brown University, RI

March 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

How I Write This Blog

Very slowly.

This morning, I reviewed last year’s New Year resolutions and remarked to my partner David my disappointment with the outcome. He, of course, shot back that I seem to have done very well. I completed most of the goals on my list in some fashion, if not exactly as I had written them. It’s true.  The way I saw it: I had completed goals in some fashion, not exactly as I hoped.  Two sides of the same coin, huh?

One of my resolutions from last year was to update this blog, which I did, but not to my satisfaction.  Not as often as I’d have liked.  Part of the issue, I think, is my tendency towards perfection.  And, as they say, the perfect is often the enemy of the good.

Here are the steps I take to write a blog post:

  • Visit a library and take photos
  • Edit photos
  • Upload photos to my Flickr account
  • Think of an enticing catch to grab readers
  • Write two to three drafts of each post
  • Update blog and fidget with photo placement

Not a ton of steps, but enough to slow me down, particularly when we don’t have Internet access in our apartment and our personal computers are all circa 2000.

Still, I have high hopes for this blog, and so I get begin again.  Hello 2010.  Hope to see you ‘round these parts more often.

Librarytour blog goals for 2010

  • Learn to write shorter posts
  • Tour my nearby branches of the BPL and Brookline libraries
  • Post once per month in 2010
  • Create a photo banner to give the blog a more personalized feel
  • Convince my mother to guest post

January 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm 1 comment

Verb: library lovin’

More than a year has passed since I started Librarytour. It’s true that I’m shocked by this fact. In that time, I visited a smattering of new (to me) libraries, blogged some of those visits, drove past dozen of libraries that I did not have the opportunity to enter, and daydreamed about visiting a whole lot more.

It’s also true that I spend more time thinking about this blog than writing it. This is unfortunate, though perhaps not surprising. In the part of my life not devoted to touring the esteemed free public library, I have:
• Been immersed in my job as Community Liaison for a community-based non-profit
• Joined the Boston Bike Advisory Board to help turn my fair city a fairer city for cyclists
• Started revising my middle grade novel and shopped my YA novel to an agent
• Celebrated my 30th birthday
• Gotten more serious about eating well, exercising well, and loving the people I love well
• Started a 101 Things list

I’ve been busy, but I haven’t been gone (that is, I haven’t left my natural habitat: Boston, the writing landscape, the computer, the library), and this blog has never been far from my thoughts. In fact, I’ve spent a fair amount of time pondering my goals: what do I want to talk about here. What should I avoid? In particular, something that happened to me related to the blog made me feel the need to step back, re-read what I’ve written so far, and re-consider my course.

After much consideration, and no small amount of procrastination, I came up with this:
First and foremost, Librarytour should celebrate libraries –the books, the amazingly talented and helpful staff, the quirks, the nooks and crannies, the richness, the free, oh the beautiful, bountiful free where all one needs to do is write one’s own name on a tiny slip of paper to belong . . . (where else in life can a person experience such a limitless, guiltless pleasure?)

Librarytour should focus on the details as I see them; details that make each library unique. I want to invite you, my guests, into my head to see the world as I see it behind those glass doors, between those oak shelves.

Librarytour should keep on keeping on: posts need to be shorter (so I actually have time to write them) and they need to keep coming!

So, with those three goals in mind, I will commence with my library lovin’(verb). Please, stay tuned and, if you’re of a mind, visit your own public library. If you find something that gets you so you just have to write about it, feel free to drop me a line. I’d be honored to host your post (rhyme not intended, but there it is anyway).

July 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm 1 comment

A come back

You may think I have disappeared from this blog, but no, not so much, I haven’t. During many too busy months working on my middle grade novel, buying gifts for the 2007/8 holidays, working, and taking classes (quilting!), I just couldn’t find the time to take my camera to the library to do the old clickety-click.

This, my friends, has changed! I am back, full of bright ideas. I am ready to gush about my favorite aspects of free public libraries, and moan about those that are less appealing.

My new surge in blogging energy is in part due to a terrific class I took at CCTV (that’s Cambridge Community Television to the uninitiated): Blogging 101. Blogging 101’s students were so impressed, so inspired by, and interested in the subject of creating and building a better blog, CCTV offered, immediately following, a sort of Blogging 101.2.

So! This is just to say tuned for more library goodness. See you soon.

March 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Images from Cambridge Library

As I’m struggling a little with the interface of WordPress, I had to post these photos separately.  Here goes:  stageshelf.jpgCard catalog -on stage!  Clever and funny. Book baskets Book baskets.  I haven’t yet seen these at other libraries.  Cute and, again, clever. 

December 4, 2007 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Adverb: library-lovin’

I love books and reading, but it might be true that I enjoy the library just a tad bit more. Just a tad.

Continue Reading November 10, 2007 at 3:18 am 2 comments


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