Town Forum – Whiteboard Question #1

On Friday, Ms. Barrows and I found an unattended whiteboard in the library. So we decided to put it to use.

Hup two three four

The whiteboard levitates up the stairs.

Less magic, more muscle

Oh wait, it’s just Ms. Barrows.

Since we’re librarians, we have to ask about books. It’s in our contracts. We decided that a nice, easy, non-contentious question to start with would be “Suggest a good book!” And with help from a friendly freshman whose adviser must be wise and talented (Thanks, Nik!), we got set up.

Pretty soon, the whiteboard looked like this:

That was fast!

That was fast!

Seuss. S-E-U-S-S. Seuss.

And then it looked like this:

I've never heard of some of these.

Getting kind of crowded….

And then this:

My eyes! My eyes!

My eyes! My eyes!

Don’t think we didn’t notice that little change, folks. Please respect other people’s recommendations.

Also, The Popcorn Rat? I’m not sure I believe that’s a real book. And Google backs me up on that one.

And finally, at the end of the day:



You might notice that a little space opened up. That’s because Ms. Barrows and I erased our own recommendations (and smiley faces), to make room for new ones. Also, The Popcorn Rat is gone. But I have photographic evidence, so I know I didn’t imagine it.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this first Whiteboard extravaganza. There’s a new question up, so stop by the library and tell us what you think!

Here’s a list of all the books recommended via whiteboard and the democratic process. Books that we have here in the library are marked with an asterisk, books available on the Kindles are marked with a (k). We have some ordering to do…

Aura, by Carlos Fuentes*
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy*

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand*

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

Too Big To Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

Harry Potter (duh), by J. K. Rowling*

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien*

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien*

Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgarov

The Master and Margarita, my Mikhail Bulgarov*

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris*

Complete World Knowledge, by John Hodgman (a boxed set of The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All).

Rumo, by Walter Moers

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, by Christopher M. Clark

The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss*

The Tain, translated by Ciaran Carson

Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich*

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell*

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett*

The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene (coming soon)

A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Marti (k)

Elsewhere (No author was provided. Could be by Richard Russo, Gabrielle Zevin, or Will Shetterly)

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton*

The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt*

Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald*

Dry, by Augusten Burroughs

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson*

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson*

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah*

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino*

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language, by David W. Anthony

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran*

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

The Bible*

The Quran*

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss. That’s Seuss.* (…In French)

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann*

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey*

The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan

Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi*

What It Takes, by Richard Ben Cramer

While Mortals Sleep, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan*

Polio: An American Story, by David M. Oshinsky*

The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker

The Magician’s Assistant, by Ann Patchett

Angel on the Square, by Gloria Whelan

Monster, by Walter Dean Myers*

Slam, by Walter Dean Myers*

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville*

Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian

1Q84, by Haruli Murakami*

Three Strong Women, by Marie NDiaye*

And, last but not least, Fantasy Football for Dummies

-Signing off, Kit Gette (who has some new books on his to-read list)

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