While many use the New Year holiday to set resolutions for the year to come, I personally welcome the onset of spring for getting a fresh start and making good on the promises I made to myself in January. A mental stock-taking, if you will. I can remember spring cleaning with my family and absolutely DREADING it! Now I absolutely love to clear the decks, in my wardrobe, my inbox, my personal life – you name it. While I’m perfectly aware that it’s not yet spring, the fact that the mercury is above freezing at all makes me anticipate mint-colored manicures, the taste of orange creamcicles or toasted (not quite but almost burnt) marshmallows, and the lovely smell of hyacinth and lilac. Don’t get me wrong, I adore winter, but this year’s endless snow has tested even my love affair with the season!
To get myself really in the mood, though some could probably argue that such preparations are more like torture, I’ve been pouring over nonfiction titles about style, home décor, cooking and crafts. Two of my personal favorites are Tim Gunn’s Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style, and Giada DeLaurentis’s Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets. I highly recommend both. If neither is quite to your liking, log on to Marketplace and let your imagination run with great advice from one of the many, many titles we have to inspire you! This could translate incredibly well with your patrons also. Plan some great spring cleaning, style forming, and taste-making events at your library or contact your Collection Development representative to curate some lists for you. We’re always here to help!
As for me, I’m off to continue my closet overhaul – wish me luck.
Kate Seivertson is a Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive.