Each year I pick which books and movies I liked best. Because I mostly read nonfiction and hardly any fiction, there is little in the fiction category this year. Toward the end of the year most of my favorite books were written for children.
I did not attend any conference in 2011, so I have no reports to offer. I did reflect on what I now do as a reference librarian in a series of posts in March. We had some great concerts and author presentations at the library, of which I report.
I look forward to more reading, viewing, and listening in 2012. The stack of books and CDs on my desk is already getting tall.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet by Tim Flannery
Atlantic by Simon Winchester
Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins
The President is a Sick Man by Matthew Algeo
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan With Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo
Great Old Books
Courtship: Valentine's Day: 1918: Three Plays from the Orphans' Home Cycle by Horton Foote
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Brandt
Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
An Evening at the Library with Michael Perry
Films and Television
Shaun the Sheep:Season One
Micmacs, a Film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Visitor, written and directed by Tom McCarthy
Autism: The Musical
Tom Kastle at Friday at the Ford
An Evening at the Opera
Are Compact Discs Disappearing? What Do I Do?
Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado in Iowa
Jason Deroche at Friday at the Ford
Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries by Maureen O'Connor
Library Issues and Services
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile and Reference Is Dead
What Do Reference Librarians Do? Reference, Of Course!
What Do Reference Librarians Do? Select Library Materials
Weeding Biographies and Memoirs from the Library to a Tune from the Mikado