Have you voted yet?

Let me give you another reason to vote for my library:

This video was created by one of my very talented co-workers. Watch it. Like it. Share it. And please, vote.



A little help from my friends.

As many of you know, I recently took a position at the Morton Grove Public Library as the Readers Services Librarian. The first major project I planned was our participation in the Playaway Picture This Contest. Playaways are a relatively new style of audiobook and as a promotion, they are awarding $10,000 to the library who created the best display. I coordinated with every department in the library, borrowed some mannequins from Turin Bicycle in Evanston, IL and got to work on creating the best display we could possibly get together. Its not very often that you have a chance to win 10 grand with no strings attached! It is just money that will go directly to the library.

Now we have made it to the top 10 and the rest is up to an online vote. And I am asking for your help. It is very simple. Just go to this link:


You can view our photographs, which I’m pretty proud of, enter a valid email address, and click on “vote for this library”. There is one vote per valid email address. And please, once you have done that, please share the link on facebook, twitter, or forward this email. Post it to your blog or your website. Please pass it on. The way this can be successful is through word of mouth. And I know that I can count on you to spread the vote.

So help us (and me) out and please vote for the Morton Grove Public Library. Again, the link is:


Here is one of my favorite pics from our contest submission — in case you need a little extra motivation πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for your help. And have a lovely day.

Placements & Salaries 2010: The Lucky Few

Hello fair readers,

I know.

I know, I know, I know.

It’s been 3 months since I have posted. I have little excuse for such behavior and I will fully admit that this blog may now seem all but dead. But in my own defense, I have been…


Insane amounts of busy. I have been working at a new library, in a new position and I have found that, low and behold, I am pretty damn good at it. Still, starting a new job is challenging. And that has taken up much of my time. Also I have been pouring my heart and soul into the group that I co-founded with Adam Girard and Anthony Molaro, the Chicago Deskset. And this has been going splendidly.

But! As you can tell from the title, this isn’t exactly the point of the post. For the past few months I have been working very hard on the feature piece for the Salaries & Placements issue of Library Journal. And today, it has appeared in the online format.


I cannot tell you how excited I am about this — it was such an honor to first, be selected by LJ and then two, be able to work with an amazing editor, and three, to have the honor of selecting three incredibly talented librarians to write with. Adam, Karen and Molly, seriously, I know I keep saying this but THANK YOU! I am constantly in awe of my peers and what we are capable of putting out into the world. Your writing brings me to tears and makes me laugh and makes me proud to be a librarian. So yeah. You pretty much rock my world.

Okay, now I will get back into library world. Working my tail off. Writing what I feel. And speaking my mind. I will be back, fair readers. I just don’t know when.

Have a lovely weekend ❀

The Thrill of It All

Hello fair readers,

Although the title maybe have led you to believe it, this is not a post about Roxy Music.

(I know, could that song be more awesome? probably not)

I’m writing about a fun little poll going on over at NPR, the Killer Thriller’s NPR Poll. Here is what they have to say about it.

Last month when we asked the NPR audience to submit nominations for a list of the 100 most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels ever written, you came through with some 600 titles. It was a fascinating, if unwieldy, collection. Now, with your input, a panel of thriller writers and critics has whittled that list down to a manageable 182 novels. That roster, which we now offer for final voting, draws from every known thriller sub-genre β€” techno, espionage, crime, medical, psychological, horror, legal, supernatural and more.

This means you can vote for your favorite Thrillers (up to 10)! Now I don’t know about you but I have a wicked weakness for a fun thriller. I generally find that they really suit themselves to audiobooks and listen to them that way — during commutes and what not. So I thought I would share the books that are getting my votes on the list and then hopefully persuade you to go vote for your own favorite thrillers over on NPR.

Yay for participating!

Leah the Librarian’s Top Ten Thrillers (in no specific order, from the NPR Killer Thriller Poll)

  1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Critchon
  5. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  6. The Passage by Justin Cronin (still reading this one but he’d have to really go astray to stop me from loving this book)
  7. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  8. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (I wouldn’t have chosen this one but I love this author and it’s the only thing she has on this list)
  9. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  10. In the Woods by Tana French

Those are my top ten (from the list) but it’s hard to narrow down. They have some heavy contenders there and interestingly across multiple genres. For example, I almost voted for Contact by Carl Sagan. Because well…Carl Sagan is awesome.

But I haven’t read it and that just feels like cheating.

So those are mine, fair readers! Now what are yours? Have a lovely weekend ❀


Hello fair readers,

Well, change is afoot here in this librarian’s world. Starting Monday I will be making a pretty major career shift from the Pritzker Legal Research Center

I took this on my last opening shift.

to the Morton Grove Public Library.

From city-data.com

And I am so EXCITED! But at the same time, I’m a little sad. This is a very new feeling for me. While working at the Pritzker Legal Research Center, so many opportunities arose. I had my first article published, was interviewed for the Chicago Tribune, and had the pleasure of working some of the most intelligent and hilarious librarians I have ever had the pleasure to encounter. To all of them (and even to the ones who didn’t pull the weight) THANK YOU! I have learned from all of you. And I have become a much better librarian and a much better person for it. The PLRC is special. I will miss you…

PLRC: Looking up the stairs, towards the lake.

My shadow saying Goodbye to the PLRC ❀

Now that my sentimental, “I miss you” is over (at least somewhat) I AM SO EXCITED! I will officially be the new Readers Services Librarian over at MGPL. I will get to run the book clubs, develop the Fiction collection, perform uber awesome readers advisory services and…ahem…HAVE MY OWN BOOK BLOG! Morton Grove has had library blogs since 2007.

Did you read that? Let me just write that again: Morton Grove has had library blogs since 2007!!!!!!!

I am so excited to be moving to a progressive, forward-looking, popular reading library. This is such a brave new world for me and I am going in head first — full of enthusiasm — and ready to be the best possible librarian I can be for the patrons of Morton Grove.

So that’s the big news. Thanks for partaking in my weird schizo happy/sadness of it all, fair readers.

And OH YEAH, check out the latest issue of American Libraries. There’s a little surprise for you.

hint: I wrote it. woot.

Have a great week fair readers ❀

826 Chicago

Hello fair readers!

Just want to clue you in on a little event going on this Saturday. Here are the details:

Come hang out at the next Chicago Deskset event to raise funds for 826 Chicago!

Date: July 10, 2010 3-5pm.

Location: Goose Island Brewpub, 800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL

We are supporting 826 Chicago. 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Please bring $5 (or more!) to donate to the charity. You can make personal checks out to β€œ826CHI” or bring cash! We have a private room (Siebel Hall) with our own cash bar and food can be ordered from the menu!

Also if you have emailed us about volunteering for a committee we will try to get the groups together at some point during the event. And as always, we will have some sort of raffle in exchange for your donations to 826 Chicago.

So come have fun, drink local beer and raise funds for a great local charity! We hope to see you there!

To RSVP please use the Facebook page

I hope to see you there! Have a great week fair readers!

The Adventures of Flat Leah

Afternoon fair readers,

Have I ever told you about how hilarious and awesome Erika the Snarky Librarian is?

Erika impersonating a RUSA Board Director at ALA last year.

Because this girl rules. And she also happened to be one of my partner’s in crime at the American Library Association conference last year. (see above picture where we think fraudulent badge flags are *hilarious* and definitely worth wearing around) So when I found out that financially I wouldn’t be able to swing the conference this year, Erika went into full out creative mode and created Flat Leah.

Flat Leah!!

And then proceeded to take Flat Leah to the American Library Association conference in D.C. She took Flat Leah sightseeing…

Flat Leah on top of the Washington Monument

Hey look, it's that vampire hunter guy!

Flat Leah got to watch the world cup with all the other librarians

Drinking beers and watching soccer!

And even stand in the notoriously long lines at the conference center’s Starbucks

Coffee! nomnomnom

There’s more and of course, I created a Picasa album for your viewing pleasure:


If you are so inclined, feel free to check them out.

So while I may not have been able to actually attend the conference this year, it is so much fun to have friends who are willing to go to such awesome lengths to make you feel included. I love my librarians. And thanks Erika, you make me laugh my ass off.

Have a lovely week fair readers and for those who were able to make it, I hope your ALA went swimmingly.