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North Main Book Nook Staff Picks Display

In this second blog post describing the themed displays in the North Main Book Nook, we turn to the Staff Picks display.  Unlike the earlier "Staff Favorites" display which used to be located between the main computer area and the teen area, and which was filled by all Wallingford Public Library staff members as the mood struck, this Staff Picks display is filled with books chosen by four specific WPL staffers on a rotating three-month basis.  

Each of the four is responsible for keeping one quadrant of the octagonal display fully stocked with reading favorites.  Here is a blog message from Programming Librarian Julie Rio, one of the four library staffers in the current Staff Picks rotation:

Greetings and Salutations! My name is JulieRio and I am the Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library. During this quarter of the year, I am one of the staff members whose favorite books are being highlighted in the Staff Picks display in the Library's North Main Book Nook. 
I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction, and I especially enjoy reading autobiographies and memoirs. Some of my favorites in recent memory are "Journey of a Thousand Miles" by the brilliant Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang; "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?," a graphic memoir by the "New Yorker" cartoonist Roz Chast; and "I'm Just a Person" by comedian Tig Notaro. I am fascinated by the personal stories of those who have overcome obstacles of illness (physical or mental), death of a loved one, drug addiction, and dysfunctional family situations.
I also enjoy a good laugh, which is why I read (and re-read) collections of humorous essays by David Sedaris, Lisa Scottoline (not her legal thrillers, but the collections of her "Chick Wit" columns originally written for the "Philadelphia Inquirer"), Tina Fey, and Erma Bombeck. My mother is responsible for my love of this genre, as she introduced me to Erma Bombeck at a young age.
A few years ago when I had a longer commute to work, I discovered the joys of audiobooks. Imagine driving down the road, listening to someone tell you a story. Audiobook narrators add a special dimension to the story--their expressive voices convey heartbreak, panic, humor, and more. They "act" out the book using only their voices. Stuck in traffic? I don't care because I'm listening to "Gone Girl" and we're at a critical plot point. Arrived at my destination a little early? I'm just going to drive around the block a few times so I can continue listening and find out what happens during the next scene. A few of my favorite audiobooks are "Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir" and "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things," both narrated by the blogger/author Jenny Lawson; "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir," narrated by the author and actor Alan Cumming, and "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Stop by the Library and check out my "Staff Picks" display! 


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