Staff Spotlight: Best of the Website, from Frida Kahlo to Emmet Otter

Looking for entertainment, useful tips, and great stories? Peruse the most popular stuff on our website over the last couple of weeks!

  • The Southwest Books of the Year is always a great place to start. So many great books to explore! Helene's intro blog gives some great history behind the project and the community partners who make it happen.
  • Go to the Frida Kahlo Exhibit for Free turned out to be one of our most popular blogs of all time! Longtime PCPL blogger and list-maker Rachel dives into fun uses for Culture Passes that you can check out from participating branches to explore local arts & culture, and links to all the nitty-gritty details about how they work...plus some bonus list recommendations!
  • One of our Collection Development Librarians puts together Books Worth a Look on a regular basis, bringing you an eclectic sampling of books that we're excited to have on order. The latest list was even more popular than usual (who can resist a polar bear dust jacket?), so if you're thinking of putting some of these new arrivals on hold, do it ASAP!
  • Speaking of new stuff that the Collection Development Office is excited about, our E-Library has a new option in our RBdigital magazine service: Bookazines!
  • With La La Land getting a lot of buzz, it's not surprising that Jessica's post, Movie Musicals, Then and Now, was super popular.
  • If you're looking for some heartwarming in a blog post, you can't get much better than these three Librarians on Storytimes.
  • Both of the last two Website and Catalog Tips of the Week were popular! There's always more to learn about what the library can offer...even for someone like me who spends a lot of time on our website 🙂
  • This is definitely a time of year when Sue's Audiobooks for that Long Car Trip list can come in handy! She writes,

"These audiobooks, both on CD and downloadable, are great for the car when the kids get restless and are saying, "Are we there yet?" Of course they might be on their own devices, but once you start playing these in the car, I think the kids will want to listen with you and discussions will follow."

  • And finally, Brian continued his annual quest to promote the obscure DVD, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. I'll be honest: the post didn't get the most clicks ever, this time around. However, we went from having a bunch of copies of the DVD sitting on the shelves, to all checked out with a waiting list, so I'm calling it a success!

And a few more gems you might've missed in the past couple of weeks:

"At the heart of my exploration is this -- How much of our behavior, emotions, and reactions do we really control, and how much of it is simply due to how our brain works?"

  • Norm's comment on a hard-hitting nonfiction dive into not-too-long-ago history, The Boys in the Bunkhouse, has gotten a lot of attention. He writes,

"[it] will put your emotions in a blender. The “boys” were a group of 32 intellectually disabled, institutionalized Texas men who were put to work in a turkey processing plant in the 1960s. In the 70s, they were moved to another turkey slaughterhouse in Iowa. They did the worst jobs imaginable, under deplorable working and living conditions, for years and years until the operation was shut down in 2009."

  • Sue invited customers to "like" this list of cozy mysteries if you'd like to see a part two. She's up to four already, so if cozies are your thing, it's as simple as logging into the catalog and clicking on the little heart!