Love Your Library, December 2021

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! It’s the third month of the new Love Your Library feature. I’d like to start out by thanking Margaret and Rosemary for their recent posts. Margaret’s compares libraries then and now through her experiences as a teenage library assistant in the late 1960s versus as a volunteer these days. Rosemary’s is about rediscovering the joy of browsing her local library.

It’s been a quieter library month for me: I could only go in for volunteering a few times before I flew to the USA for Christmas, and I was focusing more on returning books than on borrowing them, though I do have this small stack awaiting me when I get back. Two from the Costa poetry shortlist (I’ve already read 1.5 of them, actually), a collection of short stories I’ve had recommended several times now, and a novella to reread for January’s book club.

Since last month, these are the library books I’ve read (three poetry books and a doctor’s memoir):


A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi

The Cure for Good Intentions by Sophie Harrison

Conundrum by Jan Morris (a reread)

The State of the Prisons by Sinéad Morrissey

The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy


The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

A book club read. Russell moved to rural Denmark when her husband got a job at the Lego headquarters and used her first year there as an excuse to investigate the Danish way of life and try to determine why everyone seemed so happy. My book club enjoyed the blend of information and experience and found this as light and entertaining as a novel. Although there must have been a lot of research and networking involved, Russell makes her discoveries seem effortless. A few of us felt the book was too long, or incorporated too many statistics, but there was a lot to admire about Denmark (the social safety net, the education system, childcare, clubs for adults across classes, etc.). And it made us laugh!

Do share a link to your own post in the comments, and feel free to use the above image. I’ve co-opted a hashtag that is already popular on Twitter and Instagram: #LoveYourLibrary.

Here’s a reminder of my ideas of what you might choose to post (this list will stay up on the project page):

  • Photos or a list of your latest library book haul
  • An account of a visit to a new-to-you library
  • Full-length or mini reviews of some recent library reads
  • A description of a particular feature of your local library
  • A screenshot of the state of play of your online account
  • An opinion piece about library policies (e.g. Covid procedures or fines amnesties)
  • A write-up of a library event you attended, such as an author reading or book club.

If it’s related to libraries, I want to hear about it!

12 responses

  1. What a great idea for a feature (and a lovely post)! Thanks!

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  2. Our Book Group really enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly too – much to discuss.

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  3. I found A year of Living Danishly utterly fascinating; living in Africa as I do, I felt like I was reading about life on Mars, the contrast was so great.

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  4. Sorry, Rebecca. I’m still knee-deep in family, and the delightful baby is a full time occupation, so no post from me this month. But I’ll be back, I promise. Happy New Year!

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  5. I hated Russell’s second book Leap Year but The Year of Living Danishly sounds much better!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking part! I’ll feature your link on next month’s post.


  6. I’ve recently reviewed a couple or so library books borrowed fof December — a collection of Atwood short stories, a children’s book by Frank Cotterell-Boyce and a Maigret novel — and have a couple more to go using your Library Checkout tag. I hope to keep patronising our local library, it does need support especially after a long closure during lockdown in the summer.

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  7. I hope to do a post in the new year, if/when I go back to work, I will be a block away from the new downtown library here in Edmonton. The exterior has been much maligned (google “Edmonton library tank” if you’re curious) but the interior looks great from what I can tell.

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    1. That is certainly an interesting design! But it looks huge so surely holds lots of books — the most important thing.


  8. Yay for #loveyourlibraries! I was fortunate to be able to gather a nice stack of manga and poetry earlier in December, before our branch closed while too many staff members are struggling with COVID, but I’m just “saving” them I think, unsure when I’ll get more. That’s okay, they’re cozy in here!


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