Suz Kling

Suz Kling

Thanks to your generous, ongoing donations the Bandon Library’s Staff Picks Project has expanded and is now bubbling and exploding over many more shelves than anticipated.

Since you last checked in, over $6,000 (out of a goal of $10,000) has been raised in just a few months. Thank you! Please keep those donations coming into the library (be sure to write Staff Picks Project on your checks) or go to the library’s Friends and Foundation website to donate.

The library staff has been extra busy anticipating what will inspire and delight you. Every week new books, DVDS and books on CD hit the Staff Picks Project shelves. There are many unexpected surprises that consistently prompt you to look closely and then look again. Your every-penny-counts donations have urged the staff to go beyond the ordinary and purchase titles that libraries often shy away from due to their expense or fragility. Examples of unusual book titles are: "This Book is a Planetarium and Other Extraordinary Pop-up Contraptions" by Kelli Anderson (it is full of games) and "Monograph" by Chris Ware. These books defy every expectation of what a book can be.

There is no need to feel overwhelmed or even intimidated by the approaching holiday season. "Wabi-Sabi Welcome" by Julie Pointer Adams helps everyone entertain by learning to embrace the imperfect. You might be tempted to listen on CD to Philip Pullman’s new title, "Belle Sauvage" when the relatives knock at the door. A diversity of media and titles are available for check-out so do stop by the library with your friends and family – there is something for everyone.

There are several giant art books in the Staff Picks Project display that are suitable for everyone’s holiday gift list. Andy Goldsworthy's "Projects" and "The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art" by the Metropolitan Museum of Art are books that hold epiphanies between their covers. Diversity is on display now with titles such as "The Living Forest" by Robert Llewellyn (a visual journey into the heart of the woods) and "Otherworldly: Avant-Garde Fashion" which showcases young designers working from what seems to be another planet; unwearable, subversive and radically post-human. These are books you will want to spend some time with.

I appear to be creating the definitive street art book collection while also searching out everything from Frida Kahlo to vegan cheese.

"Everything Oregon" is being ordered with Staff Picks Project monies since librarian Chris Ysasi has researched books on mushroom foraging, hiking, canoeing and backpacking.

Assistant library director Sara Michael has a few recommendations too. Some of her favorites are "Wise Trees" by Diane Cook. "I spent hours with this book ... Trees carry an incredibly powerful energy within them ... and this book introduced me to wonders and stories of majestic trees around the world that have literally changed the worlds they root in," Michael said.

Of "I’m Just a Person" by Tig Notaro, Michael says, “Here’s a person I had never heard of before I stumbled across the One Mississippi television series. I found the program bold and powerful, while sometimes surprisingly jolting. Exploring significant social and personal issues while evoking laughter in her semi-autobiographical series, I wanted to know Tig better. To sum up, her courage inspires me."

Check out the Bandon Library Friends and Foundation website at BLFF.org/staffpicks for a monthly list of new project titles.

(Suz Kling is the former assistant library director at the Bandon Public Library who now volunteers her time there.)

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