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Jen Sherman

Jen is an urban and cultural geographer who did a PhD on public libraries and reading. As a researcher, her interests are focused on libraries, reading, book retailing and the book industry more broadly. As a reader, she reads a lot of crime fiction, non-fiction, and chicklit. And board books. All the board books. You can also find her writing about books for children and babies at Instagram: shittyhousewife / babylibrarians Twitter: @jennnigan

Libraries as Community Spaces: an Academic and a Personal Perspective

Public libraries have long been viewed as vital community spaces. But what does that really mean?

Plan a Wedding and We’ll Tell You which Baby-Sitters Club Character You Are

Quiz time! Come answer a few wedding planning questions, and we'll tell you with member of the Baby-Sitters Club you are.

What Makes a Great (and Bad) Library Story Time

A library researcher and mum writes reviews of different baby story times and comments on what works and what works less well.

Board Books with a Plot

Board books that aren't boring and have actual plots for storytime.

Crossing Borders: A Round-Up of Posts About Books on Immigrants and The Immigration Experience

There have been a few headlines of late regarding immigration, border controls, security, how best to treat and deal with ...

How to Manage Your Reading List Using the Library Holds Function

One reader on using the library holds function to manage new release books and an out-of-control 'to read' list.

Social Class, Taste, and Literature: How Your Background Influences What You Read

How the academic theories of habitus, cultural capital, and taste work when applied in real life to readers and reading.

Inbox/Outbox: May 18, 2018

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

Reading Pathways: Julia Donaldson (or, What to Read After THE GRUFFALO)

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood... What do you read after you've memorised The Gruffalo because you've read it so many times? Where on Julia Donaldson's substantial backlist do you turn?

The Best Home Library Furniture, For Real Or Imaginary Houses

Designing your dream home library: what home library furniture would you include?

The Best Bookish Gifts My Baby and I Received

When I had a baby, we received a lot of books and other bookish presents. Now that we've had a chance to road test them, these bookish gifts for babies (and one for the parents) are the favourites.

Reading to Your Baby: The First Six Months

What makes reading aloud fun? Well, it helps when your baby starts paying attention. One reader discovers the importance of rhyme, cadence, and colour as she reads to her baby.

The Best Part of Going to Open Houses is Looking at Strangers’ Bookshelves

Finding clues about strangers' lives from their bookshelves: one reader on what she looks at when she goes to open houses.

Gifts for Librarians or Library-Lovers

Gift ideas for the librarians or library-lovers in your life.

From Buying to Borrowing: How to Break a Book-Buying Addiction

Do you buy most of your books or borrow them? How is that decision made? And is there such a thing as owning too many books?