How to make your writing more powerful with sentence variety

cartoon of writer. sentence variety

cartoon of writer. sentence varietyIf you write something, don’t you want someone to read it? And wouldn’t you prefer that your reader enjoy what you write?

One way to make your writing more interesting and more powerful is to consider the different varieties of sentence structure.

And not use any one structure too much. Continue reading

Public library funding cuts and decline in library usage

Library patrons. declining library usage
Library patrons. declining library usage

Library patrons

It’s easy to find articles that describe a decline in library usage. Recent years have also seen public library funding cuts. What is the relationship?

Not long ago, a newspaper columnist advocated shutting down libraries. After all, he claimed, no one goes there anymore.

If he had made the suggestion in his column, no one would have noticed. Newspaper readership has taken a much bigger hit. Instead, he used Twitter. And librarians and library lovers quickly made him retract.

Actually, the decline in library usage results from public library funding cuts. Unfortunately, the people who control the purse strings haven’t taken sufficient notice. It’s not so much that libraries have to educate the public about their programs as that the public has to educate elected officials. It seems to be happening. Continue reading

Fun, oddball words about lovers of words and books

man surrounded by books. words about lovers of books

Lexicomaniac?

Quockerwodger.

There. Now that I’ve scared off everyone who doesn’t have fun with wacky words, we can share some unusual words about word lovers and book lovers.

Two words describe lovers of words:

logophile and lexophile

The logophile is likely to read and reread favorite passages of a novel over and over just for the sheer love of the words in it. A lexophile especially loves anagrams, palindromes, puns, and other word play.

“Lexis” and “logos” are closely related Greek words that can mean “word,” among other things. They both form other, less well-known compounds. Continue reading

Shutting down libraries? Why?

shutting down libraries

What if next time it isn’t closed for renovation?

Library users love their libraries. Shutting down libraries seems unthinkable. To library users, anyway. But it’s happening. More than 300 libraries have shut down in the UK over the past six years.

One major library shutdown recently happened in Oregon. Some people think there should be even more library closures. They’re the ones who don’t use libraries and have no idea what they’re for.

Actually, one librarian thinks a few library closures here and there might be good for libraries in the long run. The reasons he gives show what libraries and librarians ought to be doing to prevent any more library shutdowns. Continue reading

More innovative library services

library sign. innovative library servicesTechnological innovation always leads to innovative library services.

Libraries quickly embraced personal computers, for example. Probably any library in the country will help patrons learn to use a computer for the first time. Or help them learn sophisticated software.

Libraries still find new ways to use computers and peripherals to add new services. More recently, the public has become addicted to mobile phones. So, of course, libraries use them, and help patrons use them, too.

Here is the latest in an occasional series of posts about innovative library services. Continue reading