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The Library Stack

If you have read my blog in the past, you know I am in love with the public library. I thought it would be fun to start a new occasional series on the tierneycreates blog called “The Library Stack”, where I would share a photo of the stack of books, of my latest borrowings from my local library.

I love to browse the crafting, quilting, cooking, gardening and home decor sections. I will also take a run through the entire non-fiction section just for fun and to see if anything catches my eye.

I recently started following a blog, Dewey Hop, in which the blogger is documenting their journey of reading through their entire local library! I secretly dreamed of doing this someday; and even tried to do it as a kid, attempting to make it through the entire Children’s section! However, I am going to stick my my favorite dewey decimal section of 700 – “Arts & Recreation”!

Every time I think I have borrowed all the books that are worth borrowing – POW – there is a fresh new group of books to borrow! Additionally my local library has a Non-Fiction New Release section, which I love to browse every time I visit it (it is the first place to head when I enter the library!).

So here is my current stack:


One of my great pleasures in life is to sit with a pot of tea and my library stack! 


More library related stuff – this is a follow up to the post Good Listens (and other stuff). In this post I shared I was currently listening to an audiobook I borrowed from the library – SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal.

This audiobook is fantastic and I had to renew it to finish it up (it is rather long, but packed with great information and inspiration). This audiobook is about using gaming concepts to improve things that challenge you in life, and to achieve goals. The author has a TED talk and it is fantastic – Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life. (Thanks to my friend Torben suggesting the TED Talk!).

Also here is the author’s website:

Here book goes WAY beyond the TED Talk. One of my favorite concepts in the book is “Cognitive Reframing”, which is defined in Wikipedia as “…a psychological technique that consists of identifying and then disputing irrational or maladaptive thoughts. Reframing is a way of viewing and experiencing events, ideas, concepts and emotions to find more positive alternatives…”.  I have already started applying the concepts I picked up from this audiobook and I am very pleased!

I am enjoying this book so much I might go buy the hardcover version to keep as a reference!

4 thoughts on “The Library Stack”

  1. Sounds like a good book; and that stack should keep you out of trouble for a while. I can think of some small town libraries where reading everything would be possible. I remember one where the books were not arranged in any order, not alphabetical by author, not type, no call numbers. But probably not the Multnomah County system!

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    1. OH my goodness that library with no organization sounds scary (or very fun as you get to discover all the books while you search!) ! I think you are good though with Multnomah County – I have been in one of their libraries at it was magical!

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  2. Wow! What a nice surprise this post was! Thank you also for your Dewey Hop plug! The books in your stack look very interesting!. I’m afraid that by the time I reach the cooking, home, & crafting sections I’m going to be stuck there awhile because I’ll probably want to read everything, cook every recipe and do every craft!

    There are some libraries that are moving away from the traditional organization choosing to become more topically grouped like a book store. I am wondering if that was the motivation in the library that Knitnkwilt mentioned.

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