What We’re Reading in Quarantine

These are strange days, my friends. So much has changed (and keeps changing) that it can be hard to keep up.

At the library, we’ve been learning new technology to serve our community and moving storytimes and other programs to virtual platforms. We connect with our patrons by phone, email and social media — sometimes you leave chalk-drawn messages for us to find saying how much you miss the library. The fact is, we miss you, too. The buildings might be closed to the public, but we’re still here for you — working hard to make sure that the community has access to resources when they need them the most. Ask a Librarian service is available by phone at (803) 785-2681 or email at ask@lexcolibrary.com. You can also give us a call at any of our local branches.

Whatever this season looks like for you, I hope you’re continuing to read. Books have always been good companions to me — during grief and transition or a sunny day in my backyard. Whether you just need to escape for a moment or you want to find yourself in the pages — reading can help.

Here are some familiar faces and the books that have been keeping us company:

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.

— Anne Lamott
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
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Fountains of Silence
Healing the Wounds of the Past
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Whole New You
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What We’re Reading in Quarantine

Ask a Librarian is a service available to patrons via phone or email (online chat coming soon). Not only can librarians provide book recommendations for you and your child, they can help you in so many other ways — they can actually help you find answers to the world’s most fascinating questions. For example, they can …

  • Find answers to questions for research in any area of study from aeronautics to zoology
  • ‎Locate information so you can develop a business plan, find sales leads to grow your business and research your competitors
  • ‎Identify alternative approaches to health care and wellness, focusing on perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated health
  • ‎Research businesses by industry or segment and company size; employment statistics, mapping and traffic modeling
  • ‎And yes, even help with the tough homework assignments students have in elementary, middle, high school or college

So, the real question is … What are you going to Ask a Librarian?