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A Librarian Thinks About Censorship


I am now, like most librarians, an absolutist when it comes to defacing library property. You can do whatever you like to your personal copy of a book. But leave library books alone. And yet, there are librarians who deface library books themselves!
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Roz Warren: Less Is Less

By Roz Warren
I can’t afford the world travel, the pricey coffee table art books and the expensive restaurant meals that I used to enjoy. Do I miss those things? Not enough to return to the rat race that makes them possible. This is what I’ve discovered — having less means having less stress.
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Roz Warren: Men in Trees

By Roz Warren
By Roz Warren

For a couple of hours my backyard was full of very attractive men. Fueling, of course, a favorite fantasy of single women everywhere—cute guys growing on trees!

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Books

Book Review: ‘Our Bodies, Our Shelves,’ by Roz Warren

By Stacia Friedman
By Stacia Friedman

"Librarians aren’t allowed to exhibit any emotion other than politeness," mild-mannered Roz Warren notes in her hilarious new book about the peccadillos of patrons in the Bala-Cynwyd library. "Not even when patrons curse, refuse to pay fines, or use cherry-flavored condoms for bookmarks."

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Roz Reads: Fay Weldon’s ‘Habits of the House’

By Roz Warren
By Roz Warren

It's 1899 London, and the reader is a fly on the wall as aristocrats scheme, servants gossip, and the social climbers try to claw, cajole, charm, or threaten their way into the elite Dilberne dining room so they, too, can enjoy a dozen delicious courses with guests who include the Prince of Wales. This will satisfy your Crawley cravings!

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Books · Lifestyle

I’m a Jew in a Christmas Book

By Roz Warren
By Roz Warren

The one thing all these stories have in common is an enduring sense of Jewish identity. All of us have found that even as we encounter and embrace a diversity of traditions, we remain Jews. You can have a Christmas tree in your house, put on a Santa suit and distribute holiday gifts to the homeless, or delight in the gigantic illuminated rotating Frosty the Snowman on your neighbor’s roof and still be Jewish.

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Marriage & Life Partners · News

Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

By Roz Warren
By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

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Baby Names, Teeth, God and LSD

By Roz Warren
By Roz Warren

Last week a patron at the suburban library where I work spent five minutes telling a colleague all about why (and exactly how) she should use a water pic. This inspired me to log onto my favorite Facebook Librarian Hangout to ask: “What’s the oddest thing a library patron has ever said to you?”

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