“Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: ‘You like the jelly doughnut?
I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too.
My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.” ~ John Green
We recently had NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank on for episode 138, and you might remember that even though they worked within the same library system, their jobs were WILDLY different. Today we’re exploring a smaller-town librarian experience through the eyes of Sarah Peden, a children’s librarian from Humboldt, Tennessee.
Sarah is full of stories about the long road to librarianship, strange patron requests, small town scandals that echo for decades, and so much more delicious library gossip. And if you’ve ever wondered who wins in battle Wikipedia vs the Librarian… she’s weighing in with her opinions.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Mongomery (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Penderwicks series, by Jeanne Birdsall (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Real Friends, by Shannon Hale (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Magic Tree House, by Mary Pope Osborne (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Hank the Cowdog series, by John R. Erickson (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
Was there a memorable librarian in your childhood? Sarah and I would LOVE to hear about them in the comments!