Friday, 30 January 2009

100% proof

Excitement here as a batch of advance reading copies has arrived today. We have made friends with Random House (at a recent Reading Partners event) and now we're getting proof copies to read and review. For public librarians this is gold dust!

I've got a history of Britpop, a Japanese literary fiction, a history of New Europe, a pop science book about the universe (very light) and an extremely odd looking fiction title.

I'll let you know how I get on

Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

1. Fantastic jute bags for only £2 - environmentally friendly, practical, stylish and instant moral virtue comes as standard

2. Credit crunch busting free books for one and all!!!

3. My colleague's desk is not as messy as it could be


To Solid Air, in memory of the late John Martyn, who died this week.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Reasons to be cheerful...1, 2, 3

1. There were loads of babies having fun at baby rhyme time this morning

2. The e-mail system is broken (this could become a reason to be annoyed if it lasts too long)

3. More customer compliments than complaints this month

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Pontarddulais...such a beautiful horizon

Pontarddulais libray reopened in October after a CyMAl funded refit and of course, lots of new books!

Initial statistics are very positive - in the first month visits rose 120% on the previous year, with adult issues up 30% and children's issues up 66%.

Looks nice too

Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

1. Swansea Central Library is on course to have loaned half a million items by its 1st birthday

2. So far in January, 1644 people have joined Swansea libraries

3. Ralph and Mud Mouth will be rapping at Penlan and Townhill libraries in February as part of the Read a Million Words project.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Friday, 16 January 2009

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009


House, season 2 - highly recommended for all curmudgeons and of passing interest to Sherlock Holmes fans due to the similarities in the House/Wilson & Holmes/Watson relationships.


one of my Christmas books,

A nice cup of tea and a sit down shortly to be followed by Enough , although I'm not sure how they'll work back to back. Can you have enough biscuits? Pink wafers maybe, but hob nobs... I don't know.

Hoping, as ever, for enlightenment.

Beat the credit crunch

with the amazing Jauary sale at Swansea Central library - running until Friday!

"New year, new you"

Is the name of the New Year membership drive in Swansea libraries. New customers are being encouraged through some key marketing messages including "do more" "save more" "recycle more" and "learn more".

Some nice artwork has been created by an esteemed colleague of mine and we'll wait and see...