Our local library, the Port Elgin Public Library, is in the back room of an old building with a leaking roof, that also holds the village office and the volunteer fire department.

It is a small library but an active one. The librarian, Kate Grigg, is wonderful and manages the many requests from quite a large surrounding population.

I enjoy that library and have depended on it during home schooling years.  I have run the Hackmatack Reading Club and a Nancy Drew Reading Club, as well as sent my kids to any story time activity.

A blog for the tiny library would be an interesting project, although I am quite sure that if I suggest the idea, it will be handed back to me.

It would be a useful site where the librarian could not only list town and library activities, but she could also link RSS Feeds to book lists from reading clubs or top 10 books being sold at Amazon.ca.

With a smidgeon of enthusiasm a librarian could post a short weekly book review for different genres: Romance, Mystery or Young  Adult readers.

The library blog could include an up-to-date version of the ‘book talk’ that the librarian Margaret A. Edwards made an essential part of her training for young librarians.

In her delightful, and not at all dated book, “The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts – The Library and the Young Adult” (reprinted in 1994),  Edwards (no relation to me) describes how she would send young librarians into the schools for ‘book talks’ in which a small section of a book would be read aloud in order to draw young readers in by giving only a tantalizing introduction to the book.

A library blog could target different readers through this approach.  It would get a lot of hits, and create a whole new community of readers.  A discussion group might even develop among the blog readers about their favorite books.

The best thing about the world of blogs is how easy they are to set up and use.

If I ever end up in the coveted position of an employed librarian, I will certainly create blogs and reach out to readers, particularly young adults, through social media.

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