Thursday, August 27, 2009

Missing the Library

Oh how I miss the library!! We live in Louisville and although we weren't personally effected by the floods 3 weeks ago, my dear Louisville Library was. The main library had substantial damages when the 6 inches of rain in one hour flooded the basement - which housed all the inter-library transfers (which is a lot and mostly the new books) and all the new book processing, plus it totaled 3 book mobiles and 2 employee cars. Yes in the picture is the top of the book mobiles...this is a dock that went into the basement so you can imagine how much water flooded into the library.

Today (3 weeks later) the library was able to open. Unfortunatly a lot of the computer system is still down. The library catalog is up, but I can't request any books and they can't tell me what is due. They have asked people to keep their books until they can tell us when they are due. The library close to me is in a middle school and they have sorted books in boxes to where they belong (you can return books to any library reguardless of where you checked them out from) and they essentially can't check the book back in. So if they have a book you can check it out, but that's about it.

On the plus side the catalog is working so I was able to find our next book club book and drive to the library where it was located and check it out. It was fun for my girls and I to explore a new libaray. :) I DOOOOO miss being able to reserve books, but am trying to get some of my personal books read...that isn't going to well...what I seem to be doing is buying new!! UGH! Will I never learn??? LOL! Needless to say I am having library withdrawl!

If you are interested the are taking up a collection to help pay for the damages at:

The Library Foundation

ATTN: Flood

301 York St

Louisville KY 40203

(502) 574-1709

Sunday, August 23, 2009

How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff

Rating: 4

Pages: 194

Challenges: New Author, Read Your Own Books, Dewey Recommended, Young Adult, 2009 From the Stacks, 20 in 2009, Award (PRITZ)

Synopsis (and picture from

“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.

I really enjoyed this story. And was happy the end had a epilogue because I thought it ended abruptly. This was one of Dewey's favorites and after she posted about it I got the book from bookmooch, so it was good to read it!