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The @ Home Librarian

Welcome to the @ Home Librarian blog! It is put together by me, Tibby Wroten. I started this blog several years ago just after my daughter was born. It was part of a plan keep in touch with the library world while I was home with her. Nearly five years later I am still home with her most days, but have started up with other projects too. Most recently I quit working for a private school library that decided they didn’t value librarians and wanted to censor the library materials.

At this point my blog has evolved into mostly posts about the books I’ve read. I write them to remind myself of what I thought, but also to offer my thoughts to other librarians who may be considering purchasing books for their libraries. This idea colors a lot of what I say in the reviews. I don’t do much plot synopsis or analysis, unless it will help me (or other librarians) decide if a book is right for their collections. I also like to keep parents in mind too, because I know it can be hard to find good books to have at home.

I am passionate about diversifying library collection and encouraging others to do the same. But I am white, cis, hetero, able-bodied, and female in a profession that is predominantly those things. I am still very much learning about diversity and how to talk about it and also trying not to take up too much space. Please call me out if you see something wrong! I need feedback. Currently a lot of the books I am reviewing feature some sort of diversity because our collection is in dire need of it. My reviews are geared toward finding those books, talking about them and trying to make sure I point out the diversity in them so other librarians can draw on the reviews to build their own collections.

Occasionally I write about makerspaces and I’ll include reflections on conferences and various other things. While I hope something on here is helpful to people, I enjoy keeping this log of books and thoughts.