A Librarian’s Week in Review 1/29/22: Questions for the Curious

A Librarian’s Week in Review 1/29/22: Questions for the Curious

This week, I had a patron come to the desk looking for help with the printers. She started off by declaring her question as stupid and continued to apologize multiple times as I was helping her. I felt guilty. Was I not being welcoming enough? Did I look unapproachable at the desk? I don’t think this was it. She began our interaction apologetically.

How many times in the past have I been too afraid to ask question or apologized in advanced for sounding dumb? Most of my reference questions this week were directional–where is this building or how do I get to that classroom? I can’t say how happy I am when I receive a question, even one like these. I love that my patrons feel comfortable enough to walk up to a stranger and ask any question, big or small.

For me, and for many, it takes courage to ask for help. Saying out loud that you need help tells others you are vulnerable, that you are not fully self-reliant. There is a certain shame in doing this in our individualistic society which is why I love when people admit that they do need help, that they can’t meet all of their needs and need others in a community to aide them.

So, a question for the curious: how do you find the courage to ask for help? What can others do to make asking for help or asking questions seem less daunting? Librarians, what do you do to make your patrons more comfortable in seeking your services?

Books Read This Week

Rating: ★★★★★

[REVIEW] The Buy-In by Emma St. Clair

[REVIEW] The Buy-In by Emma St. Clair

The Buy-In is a slow-burn, second-chance romance. It follows Lindy and Pat as they navigate a marriage of convenience to keep Lindy’s niece, Jo, in her custody.

This romance started with elements that would normally turn me off. I’m not a big fan of dual-POVs, and nothing turns me off faster than a group of hyper-masculine men.

That being said, I ended up really enjoying this one, and I absolutely adored Pat along with his and Lindy’s relationship. St. Clair did a great job of fleshing out his character, incorporating aspects of ADHD that felt so real. His relationship with Jo was so sweet, and I loved seeing their little family come together.

The themes of family were those that came through strongest in this book. Every moment Lindy had with her mom or Pat had with his siblings brought up a lot of emotion. I loved the relationship Pat had with his siblings, especially James and Harper. St. Clair also brings great autistic representation with Harper, showing the widely varied spectrum autistic people can be on!

I still wish this book was only in Lindy’s perspective. I think a lot of what we see from Pat’s side could have come through with just Lindy’s POV, and I think this would have fixed a pacing issue I noticed within the story. The main interactions between the two love interests don’t happen until about halfway through the book. Cutting Pat’s perspective out and focusing on Lindy’s might have helped these interactions occur quicker.

Despite this small qualm, St. Clair’s writing really put us in the story and I loved all the side characters. This romance has a very homey feel to it which is hard for an author to bring out. I was left with just a warm feeling after finishing, and I would definitely recommend to all avid romance readers.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★1/2