I always have a glut of romance paperbacks in the library, which are automatically sent to us through the delivery – to disperse new material throughout the system of branches. They sit on the bottom rack of a book spinner, until I’m forced to move them along to another branch where they might be more popular. […]

He stood like a statue in front of the check-out counter. His eyes were completely glazed over and he was obviously enraptured with something, or someone, muttering incoherent thoughts. The other library patrons, while used to the strange and the mentally ill, were shifting in their creaky wood chairs and were evidently becoming uncomfortable. I […]

Perhaps some of my readers are looking for Christmas gift ideas (hi mom and dad, and Scott!)? Well, as a Librarian I highly approve of the Icelandic tradition called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” In an article by NPR, it is explained that on the eve of December 24th everyone in Iceland gives each other […]

I’m mindful when I speak or write about Christmas and the holidays, as it can be a really difficult time for many people, especially folks who feel rejected from their family, alienated from society, and are simply struggling to survive. While really wonderful Christmas memories in wintery Owen Sound, Ontario dominate my mind from childhood, […]

My husband Scott just returned from our favourite corner store, the Hasty Market (at Main and 16th) with some tasty new ginger beers. While the impressive selection of international soda pops, licorice and gummy candies is a real draw, it’s actually the shop attendant Ali who makes our day. He is truly the most joyous, humble, […]

If any of you are reading this blog and live in Vancouver, or you are simply a compassionate person please consider checking out this initiative and supporting it financially… It is a safe injection site in a tent, in an alley near Hastings and Columbia, serving some of Canada’s most vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. The people […]

It was my 39th birthday on Tuesday September 27th, and I went to work knowing that I had a fun weekend getaway to Los Angeles planned, leaving on Thursday evening. The ceiling in the library was still exposed after our recent deluge, but it appeared that the old pipes had been repaired and that everything […]