Read Like a Librarian

You have probably seen the Staff Pick lists by now. Library workers take a moment to think about not just something we have read, but something we enjoyed, something we thought had value, something we would be proud to share with you. But have you ever asked yourself, “What are the librarians actually reading right now?” The answers may surprise you!

Here at the library, my friends ask me pretty often what I’m currently reading, so they too can “read like a librarian.” So here is what some of the staff members at Xenia Community Library are currently reading.

Melissa (Head Librarian) is reading Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank.

“This was a fictional story about a character named Holly who worked various kinds of jobs, but her passion was beekeeping. She tended to her personal beehive on her family’s property while trying to figure out where she fit in among her small town and family. Holly believes throughout this story that her bees really understand her as she cares for them and tells her daily life happenings to them. This lovely, lighthearted tale was a pleasure to read and was packed amazing bee facts that Holly tells her readers as well.”

Mason (Stack Manager) is reading The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

Keri (Circulation Clerk) is reading The Gamble by Kristen Ashley.

Sarah (Youth Services Librarian) is reading Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds.

“I’m mostly reading for my [Master of Library Science] classes, but I’m attempting this book.”

Keesha (Head of Youth Services) is reading The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.

“Mystery by the author of the Shetland and Vera series featuring a new detective, Matthew Venn. As a huge fan of Cleeves’ other series, especially the Shetland books, I’m looking forward to this new series.”

Keesha (Head of Youth Services) is reading The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper.

“Queer YA romance by a Dayton native that incorporates first love, social media, the space race, celebrity culture and so much more. I’m really loving this one!”

Ashley (Circulation Clerk) is reading A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni.

Miracle (Adult Services Librarian) is reading Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton.

Lauren (Adult Services Librarian) is reading Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath.

“I really love the unconventional pairing between the subject content and the illustrations. It is also a fantastic way to learn about empowered women across time and around the globe.”

Lauren (Adult Services Librarian) is reading Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss.

“This was recommended to me by a friend and it has yet to disappoint!”

Add these titles to your holds list and you, too, can “read like a librarian”!

Lauren, Adult Services Librarian