On Friday, Ms. Barrows and I found an unattended whiteboard in the library. So we decided to put it to use.
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:
Seuss. S-E-U-S-S. Seuss.
And then it looked like this:
And then this:
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…
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 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
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)