Archive for the 'Reading' Category

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Over the weekend, I finally read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. On my reading list for years, it was worth the wait. Not only does Vicki cover the life of Dewey Readmore Books, the official cat of the Spencer, Iowa, public library, but she also […]

Boy Steals Books from Library, Becomes Influential Lawyer

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Catching up on StoryCorps podcasts this morning, I heard this fabulous (and amusing) story about a young man who wanted to read books, but feared being seen reading would ruin his tough reputation. He stole some books from a library, read them, and returned them. Years later, he learned the librarian had a surprising role […]

Boston Book Festival 2014 Oct 23-25 Copley Square Area

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Greetings The Boston Book Festival 2014 is being held on October 23-25, 2014 around Boston’s Copley Square area: Most events are free, but there are some ticketed events. Some of the writers that are participating are Susan Minot, Rick Riordan, Norman Foster and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Herbie Hancock is giving one of the keynote […]

Boston Book Festival October 17-19, 2013 Copley Square Boston Mass

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The Boston Book Festival 2013 is being held on October 17-19, 2013 around Boston’s Copley Square area. Most of the events are being held on Saturday, October 19 starting at 10 am and are free. Some of the writers scheduled to appear are Tomie dePaola, Steve Almond, Laurie Edwards, Linda Barnes, Peter Abrahams, Leigh Montville, […]

Boston Book Festival, 10/27

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

It must be fall because it is once again time for the Boston Book Festival. Most events cost nothing and happen close to or in Copley Square. As well as authors talking about books and writing, there will be writing workshops, exhibits, flash fiction, and poetry.

Catching up on Reading: The Future of Librarians in Info Retrieval 9 Years Ago & Usability & Library Sites

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Since the rain washed away my plans today, I read through several old Information Today publications I probably picked up at previous Special Libraries Association conferences and stashed in a “someday I’ll read this” pile. I began with a 2003 Searcher issue with a cover story about early online pioneers. While the history of the […]

SLA Annual Conference Reading: The Devil in the White City

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Last year, a bunch of us Special Libraries Association members pondered reading the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson for a discussion at this year’s annual conference because both are set in Chicago. I thought about reading the book in the […]

Boston Book Festival October 15 Copley Square

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The 2011 Boston Book Festival is being held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 around Boston’s Copley Square and it is free! Michael Ondaatje, author of the English Patient and his new novel, The Cat’s Table, will be the keynote speaker. One of the marquee panels will be on the Civil War with Adam Goodheart, author […]

Publishers want limited ebook circulations

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

In case people are not aware, HarperCollins announced that they are putting a 26 loan cap on their ebooks obtained from library ebook vendors such as Overdrive: “OverDrive is advocating on behalf of your readers to have access to the widest catalog of the best copyrighted, premium materials, and lending options. To provide you with […]

Banned Books Week Book Report

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my selected Banned Books Week reading, intending to report back here with the results. No, it hasn’t taken me *that long* to read all of the books, just that long to have a moment at the blog to summarize them. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: While this […]

Boston Book Festival Saturday Oct 16 Copley Square Boston

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The 2nd Boston Book Festival is being held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 Copley Square Boston Ma 10 am-7 pm. And it’s free! Some of the authors include Dennis Lehane, Nicholas Carr, Hallie Ephron, A.M Homes, Nicholas Negroponte, Richard Cohen, Noni Carter, Gish Jen and Elyssa East For more information: Posted by Rich

Banned Books Week 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Once again, it is Banned Books Week, one week I feel is most definitely worth noting. I dashed off to the library this evening (a bit literally, too, as I was on foot and in a hurry) to pick up: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Lois Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin Captain Underpants and the […]

Poor Man Gets Rich, Spends His Money on Rocks and Books

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As you might guess, this story is better than that. Harold Grinspoon, who had better luck in real estate than most of us are currently having (or will have in our lifetimes), uses his fortune to send about 60,000 children books about Jewish culture and themes at no cost to them via the PJ Library […]

Tuesday’s (3/23) Berkman Lunch: Do-It-Yourself Book Scanning, 12:30 pm ET

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tuesday’s (3/23) Berkman Lunch is about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Book Scanning with Daniel Reetz, one of many “… DIY’ers who believe that the future of digital books is too important to be decided solely by corporate interests.” As usual, the lunch will be webcast and such to allow remote participation. For in-person attendance, please RSVP to […]

“Gotta Keep Reading ‘Cause This Book’s Gonna be a Good Book”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I was thrilled when Oprah shared this video Ocoee middle schoolers made to encourage reading. It’s based on a somewhat-planned dance flash mob that happened during Oprah’s fall season opener in Chicago when folks began dancing to the Black Eyed Peas’ song I Gotta Feeling. Hearing my computer start playing it as a browser loaded […]

Boston Book Festival Saturday October 24 Copley Square 10-6

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

The Boston Book Festival is being held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 in the Copley Square area between 10 am-6 pm: “The wait is over! The Boston Book Festival has just announced its official schedule of events, and with 31 to choose from, and you’re guaranteed a fun-filled, jam-packed day on Saturday, October 24 between […]

Massachusetts Private School Gets Rid of Library Books–Boston Globe

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The September 4 Boston Globe is reporting that Cushing Academy is getting rid of their library books and installing electronic media equipment which includes a $12,000 cappuccino machine: “This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old […]

Librarian + Time Travel + Wife = Beautiful Love Story

Monday, June 8th, 2009

When I last saw my redheaded friend, she suggested I read The Time Traveler’s Wife based on it being a cool science fiction book coupled with a terrific love story. I was surprised to learn in the course of the book the main character, the time traveler, is a librarian at the famous Newberry Library […]

Amazon’s Kindle: an ebook Reader and More

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve been hearing a bit about the Amazon Kindle, an electronic book reader the folks at developed. There was quite a bit of buzz about it in its early days. I happened to catch the segment on last Friday’s Oprah where Oprah raved about the gadget, how easy she finds it to use, and how […]

Boston Law Librarians Read to Children

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some Boston law librarians are organizing an event where librarians read the book Corduroy to children at a Boston school on Thursday, October 2. Remember that book: the pretty girl and her mother, the wonderful teddy bear, and the lost button? Thinking about it makes me grin. Information, including how to volunteer if you have […]

It’s Banned Books Week!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

It’s Banned Books Week. Had I not been reading Babbledog today, the week might have slipped past me unnoticed because I had forgotten to try to find out when it is. Sadly, my schedule this week won’t allow me to borrow any challenged books from the library. The one I’m presently reading, Middlesex by Jeffrey […]

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Friday, September 5th, 2008

One of my coworkers gave me a copy of Haruki Murakami’s Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, suggesting it to be a good place to enter his writing. Little did I know as I took it from his hand I would end up blogging about the book. The book alternates between two worlds. […]

Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy–Paper

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

James Grimmelmann of the New York Law School has published an article called “Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy”: “This Article provides the first comprehensive analysis of the law and policy of privacy on social network sites, using Facebook as its principal example. It explains how Facebook users socialize on the site, why they […]

Friday fun: Quiz on the 100 Most Popular Words in English

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Here’s some Friday fun for 080808. My coworker donkeykonguk shared a quiz on the 100 most popular English words via Babbledog, the site on which we work. Since some of you really enjoy language and speak English, I figure you might have some fun flexing your brain. Be quick! You only have 5 minutes to […]

Sarah’s Favorite Online Readers Advisory Tools

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the LibrarianInBlack blog has a list of nifty readers advisory online tools: # – One of the first free, online readers advisory tools, no list of this nature would be complete without AllReaders. Search by what you’re interested in – title, author, plot, setting, character, adversaries, setting, style, etc. The guided searching […]

Is Reading Online Really Not Reading?

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Remember some of the cool conversations we’ve had about reading, like whether books on tape count as reading and how people are reading fewer books? While I was browsing Babbledog today, two items caught my eye: The New York Times has a piece examining reading online versus reading books. The Christian Science Monitor responds with […]

Atlantic Monthly: Is Google making us stupid?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Nicholas Carr wrote an article in July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly called ” Is Google making us stupid: what the Internet is doing to our brains”: “I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming […]

On Writers Publishing Books Annually

Monday, June 9th, 2008

A cover story in today’s Boston Globe is about the publishing game encouraging writers to produce one book at year. It includes interviews with authors as well as people in the publishing industry. One of the schedule bits the article fails to cover is that many writers don’t necessarily have a lot of time between […]

80 Online Resources For Book Lovers

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Kevin Bondelli’s YD Blog posted “80 Online Resources For Book Lovers”: Social Networking for Book Lovers 1. LibraryThing is probably my favorite book-related resource on the web. I use it to catalog my personal library, as well as discover new books, find people with similar reading interests, discuss books, and more. Membership is free for […]

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

From Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. […]

Digitizing Children’s Books for the International Digital Children’s Library

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Hey v, I’m sure by now you’ve read The Boston Globe’s cover business article yesterday about digitizing children’s books at the Boston Public Library. I couldn’t help thinking about you while I learned about the efforts to digitize rare, old, and fragile children’s books from the collection in order to share them online via the […]

News Flash: Man Reads Book!

Monday, February 18th, 2008

With the recent news showing declines in people reading books, someone in the book group I’m in shared this almost unbelievable story about a man reading an entire book. I thought some of you might enjoy it, though I’m sure by now it’s circulated through all the relevant discussion lists. (Mind you, the source is […]

New England Bookstores

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The Boston Globe has a gallery featuring New England bookstores, including a photo of the Montague Bookmill—books you don’t need in a place you can’t find (or something like that). Time your trip to Montague just right and you might as well go to the contradance in Greenfield.

Opus on eBooks

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

While digging through a stack of newspapers last night, I discovered the December 30 comic Opus by Berkeley Breathed gives a common and amusing take on ebooks.

Code4Lib Journal Out

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The first issue of the Code4Lib journal is now out: “This mission of the Code4Lib Journal is to cover “the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.” We hope that this journal can be one more contribution to the developing culture of collaboration around library technology, and we welcome you to join in our experiment.” […]

I forgot Banned Books Week.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

*hangs head in shame* Banned Books Week is probably my favorite library holiweek. I can’t believe I completely forgot about it this year. Someone mentioned Go Ask Alice a few days ago. After I confessed that I hadn’t read it (yet), my brain reminded me that it’s often high on lists of challenged books and […]

NEA: People are Reading Less

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Front page news on The Boston Globe (so it must be true): People are reading less. David Mehegan tells us about a National Endowment for the Arts study about reading habits (.pdf) indicating the decline in people reading for pleasure continues. It seems that if children don’t read for pleasure, they don’t magically start the […]

The Digital World’s Place in Education

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, Maryanne Wolf, ponders at what point children should be introduced to online tools in a Boston Globe piece. "More specifically, in the expert reading brain, the first milliseconds of decoding have become virtually automatic within that circuit. It is this automaticity that […]

Computers + Public Domain Material = Reduced Load for Students

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

With a combination of the Internet and public domain material, some students have less to carry to class. Yay to fewer back problems!

Author Judy Blume on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Y’all catch Judy Blume on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! this weekend? I remember my Mom reading me books she authored. I read a few on my own, too. Blume talks about her work and being the author of banned books during the Not My Job segment of the radio show.

50th Anniversary of On the Road

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, often thought of as a defining work of the Beat Generation, celebrates its 50th year of publication. When Kerouac wrote the book, he taped sheets of paper together and fed them through a typewriter. The resulting scroll is now traveling around the country in a special exhibit. Until October […]

Book Reading Habits Decline

Friday, August 24th, 2007

An Associated Press-Ipsos telephone poll of about 1,000 people indicates reading habits are continuing to decline. Only 1/4 of people surveyed admitted reading a book last year. People who are white, Democratic or liberal, living in the Midwest or West, educated, and don’t regularly attend religious services are more likely to read than others. Religious […]

What to read next …

Monday, July 30th, 2007

A very kind person loaned me a copy of the latest Harry Potter. I have the third book in the His Dark Materials series sitting on my nightstand. While I finished up my book group reading assignment, I debated which one to read next. I finished the second book of His Dark Materials last week […]

Have you finished reading Harry Potter yet?

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Well, have you? I was supposed to do something completely different Friday night, but I postponed those plans with the hope of going to at least part of the Harry Potter festivities in Harvard Square. I ended up staying far later than my original intention, but I would say it was worth it. I planned […]

What are you doing for Harry Potter’s release?

Friday, July 20th, 2007

I wonder if that’s going to be Weekend America’s question this week. So, what are you doing for the newest and possibly last volume of the book series Harry Potter’s release? I read somewhere about some late night partying in Harvard Square. Too bad my favorite Harry Potter fan isn’t here to go with me.

What does a soldier read during the war?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I don’t know why I’ve been writing more than usual about reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading some great books. Maybe it’s because everyone seems to think more about reading during the summer. Maybe it’s the new Harry Potter coming out in … a matter of hours that aren’t so difficult to count […]

Warner Bros. Distributes Guidelines for Harry Potter Parties

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Warner Bros. and Scholastic distributed memos about guidelines for themed parties marking the release of the next and supposedly last Harry Potter book. While Warner Bros.’ guidelines attempt “to help organizations run themed events in a way that avoids fans being exploited and helps everyone to enjoy the Harry Potter books, films, and events in […]

Harry Potter doesn’t Mean Kids Read More

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Sadly, the popularlity of the Harry Potter series does not mean young people read more books overall. A Boston Globe article looks at trends in youth reading habits based on a study coming out in the fall. Some youth reading rates are up, but teenagers seem to read less than other age groups. A decline […]

Kids’ Views on the Book Controversy Surrounding The Higher Power of Lucky

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Weekend America did a piece in February about the controversial book The Higher Power of Lucky. Some parents don’t want their kids reading it because of a scene at the beginning where a snake bites a dog in the scrotum. Julia Barton interviews some children about the book and the word. It’s a good reminder […]

reCAPTCHA: a Captcha that Helps Digitize Books

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

You’ve probably encountered a captcha by now: a form on the Web that presents an image and asks you to type some text from the image into a blank or asks you a question about the image. You might encounter them before writing a comment on someone’s weblog, sending an e-mail, or partaking in a […]

Free Comic Book Day! Saturday, May 5

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

This post is dedicated to my penpal. The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day! This year, that’s Saturday, May 5. Certain retailers are participating. The Web site has more details. I’m heading out shortly~

Don’t forget about David Weinberger’s book release talk & party Monday

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

more Addendum 4/30: David’s talk is great. He’s very witty. I started reading Everything Is Miscellaneous. You should, too. He’s recapping the book. I started reading it today while waiting for my number to get called for jury duty. I’m about 80 pages into it. When I started reading it, I quickly realized I was […]

Revish: Maintain Reading Lists, Share Reviews, Book Recommendations

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I’ve already heard some chatter about summer reading and it’s barely spring here. As you’re reading, keep sites like Revish in mind. It’s a Web 2.0 way for people to make and get book recommendations, maintain reading lists, share reviews, and connect with other readers. from Garrett’s Library News & Notes

David Weinberger’s Book Release Party, 4/30, 6 p, 335 Pound Hall

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The Berkman Center is hosting a book release party for David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous (oooh, shiny!) on Monday, April 30. At 6 p, David will talk about the book in 335 Pound Hall on the Harvard Law School campus. At 7 p, there will be a reception at the Berkman Center at 23 Everett […]

Someone’s Spying on Me.

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Ok, so, usually I pretty much ignore recommendation engines because they’re often so far off for my tastes, they’re just pathetic noise. When I logged on to Amazon to update my Wish List (you know, my fourth (count them … fourth) blogiversary is next week …) I was stunned to see Jump, Little Children’s CD […]

Kurt Vonnegut Dies

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I let out a gasp when I read the front page of The Boston Globe today before I even really processed what made me gasp. Kurt Vonnegut is dead. I was lucky enough to be able to hear one of his lectures while I was in grad school. I remember being amazed by it and […]

Better World Books: Selling Used Books to Support Literacy

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Garrett highlighted Better World Books in his Library News & Notes a few weeks back. Founded by recent Notre Dame grads a few years ago, the organization sells used books and gives money to organizations that support literacy. They have a special program to benefit the New Orleans Public Library.

With the Lightnings

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Schau! A post about a book I read! Those of you who like to tease me about how I’m a librarian, er, was a librarian, who doesn’t/didn’t read often enough for your standards, take note. A good friend of mine with whom I recently reconnected loaned gave me David Drake’s With the Lightnings partially because […]

BookSwim: Rent Books via the Mail, Return Them When Finished

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Here’s another one from Garrett. Similar to video rental services like Netflix, BookSwim proposes to offer readers the ability to rent books and get and return them via mail. The service, which claims not to want to compete with libraries, is not yet available. The materials for investors indicates the company creators have a poor […]

Reading Humor: Writing the Perfect Book

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Bucky of Get Fuzzy has some ideas about what would make the perfect book. Thanks for sharing the humor, RKO.

Not Your Children’s Abecedary: Silverstein’s Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

My parents stocked the house with Shel Silverstein books, however, they seem to have missed one. A few of us started talking about Silverstein last night and before I knew it, someone handed me Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book to read. Not your average child’s abecedary, it appeals greatly to my dark and dry sense of […]

Banned Books Week Reading: My Brother Sam is Dead

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I know some of you were hoping I would have kept up with reading a book a day for Banned Books Week, but I just couldn’t do that with My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln and Christopher Collier because of my busy schedule. I really enjoyed the book. Using a boy as the […]

Banned Books Week Reading: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Yesterday, I exchanged Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, since I had already read the former. Another thin book with large type, I finished the book already. I started reading it just before bed and stopped after a story about a man being […]

Banned Books Week Reading: Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I finished The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey today. This book is my first official Banned Books reading for this week. I can see why parents object to it. The book has a lot of mischief in it, including a number of school pranks, and features a character who […]

Banned Books Reading

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Happy Banned Books Week! This year, I’m hoping to have time to read the first in The Adventures of Captain Underpants series, one of the Scary Stories series (I just realized I grabbed the one I read before; I’ll have to exchange it later this week), and My Brother Sam is Dead, which I remember […]

Google Highlights Banned Books

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Google has a section in their books site for banned books, along with links to more information about banned and challenged books from the American Library Association. Don’t be like me and forget that September 23-30 is Banned Books Week. I recently came across the list of books I was looking for last year. Maybe […]


Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I guess I haven’t mentioned BookCrossing here yet. A few of my avid reader friends have told me about it several times. The idea behind it is that it’s a book exchange. People get books and read them, then ‘release’ them so others can get them–almost like a walless, informal library. Anyway, someone just walked […]

"Books Open All Doors"

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

I finished the mystery Don’t Look Back last night. Near the end, one of the detectives needs to get through a locked door. While searching his wallet for an appropriate card to use to force the lock, he pulls out his library card. It says: "Books open all doors." You’ll never guess what happens next. […]

Need Some Summer Reading Ideas?

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Yeah, who does need summer reading lists, really, right? With all the books most of us have on reading lists that are already way longer than what we could reasonably read in a lifetime, why should we look at another list of "the best books?" I don’t know, either, but I did anyway. After polling […]

Unshelved Does Terry Pratchet’s The Color of Magic

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Unshelved’s Sunday comic strip features Terry Pratchet’s The Color of Magic. My now-dead friend Phil introduced me to Terry Pratchet through his insistence that I read Mort. Thanks, Phil!

Tara Chace makes Unshelved

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

My penpal has me hooked on Queen & Country. I was delighted to find Tara Chace featured in Sunday’s Unshelved. Guess I’ve got even more reading to do …

A Great New Year’s Resolution

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Like the playful antiquarian, I’m not much one for new year’s resolutions. I really like hers: "In the 1934 edition of The Children’s Almanac of Books and Holidays, Helen Dean Fish gives this New Year’s advice: ‘Resolve to read at least a dozen good children’s books next year, and make a list of them now.’" […]

Stan Berenstain Died Saturday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

It is with great sadness that I report the death of one of my Mom’s favorite children’s book authors. Stan and Jan Berenstain have published hundreds of children’s books featuring their bears. I can’t tell you how many of their books my Mom shared with me over the years. Whenever we’re looking for books for […]

Forever … by Judy Blume

Friday, October 21st, 2005

In the midst of lots of busyness, I shirked responsibility and got lost in two books. I finally read Forever … by Judy Blume, one of the books I borrowed for Banned Books Week. I can’t remember the last time I read a book cover to cover in one sitting. It took me about two […]

Time: 100 Top Novels

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Like we need more to read … Time Magazine’s critics select 100 top novels, which the magazine highlights on its Web site, including reviews. link from reddit

I saw the best blogs of my generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical …

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

(Sing that title to whichever tune you’d like.) Today, October 6, 2005, marks the 50th anniversary of the first reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, a poem important to American culture, so I have to post about it today. I first heard it at a summer camp for artists when I was in high school. I […]

Fallen Angels

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

I stayed up late last night to finish Fallen Angels, one of the books I borrowed for Banned Books Week. “Wow!” was about the only thing I could think. The ending almost got me. Earlier in the book, when the guys went into combat, I would think, “Well, Perry can’t die ’cause he’s the narrator […]

40th Anniversary of In Cold Blood

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I happened to catch the piece about the fortieth anniversary of Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood on Weekend America Saturday, the last day of Banned Books Week. It made me smile because when I read the book for a class assignment in high school, someone complained to the teacher about it not being appropriate […]

Closing Banned Books Week

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Vernica and I have been planning to visit the Beatrix Potter exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Our trip happened to coincide with the end of Banned Books Week. A coworker remarked to me that visiting exhibits celebrating children’s book art is a quite appropriate ending to the week because it’s difficult […]

Wrapping Up Banned Books Week

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Saturday marks the end of Banned Books Week. I didn’t do a very aggressive job this year posting something daily related to the theme. I imagine my aggregator is overflowing with Banned Books Week items. I just haven’t made the effort to plow through the pile of stuff lately. I’m about halfway through Fallen Angels, […]

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Last night, I finished The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier–one of the books I’m reading for Banned Books Week. It took me a while to figure out why people might not like this book. I’ve decided part of the anxiety may stem from the possibility that high school is very different these days than what […]

My Penpal Rocks!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Who else would ship a bunch of trades across the country for me to read? Man, you so rock! *j starts carving time out of the schedule for reading

Concerns about Lack of Conservative Literature in Libraries

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Library Link of the Day selects this commentary on Banned Books Week expressing concerns about the lack of literature expressing conservative viewpoints, like books about family values and heterosexuality.

Books for Banned Books Week

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

For my potential trip to the library today, I listed some books to read during Banned Books Week based on the American Library Association’s ten challenged books for 2004, the 100 frequently challenged books during 1990 to 2000, and what my library has available. I’ve already read four of the books on the list of […]

Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Banned Books Week, one of my favorite librarian, uh, holiweeks(?), celebrations(?), occassions(?), begins Saturday, September 24, and goes through Saturday, October 1. The American Library Association has lots of materials for the week (linked above), including a list of popularly challenged books between 1990 and 2000. I had already lined up my reading for next […]

What’s Wrong with E-Books?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Library Link of the Day chose this article about the current state of electronic books and what needs to happen before they become very popular. I like the section on Marketing tie-ins. Remember sneaking other fun things to do inside books you had to read? (Yeah, me, neither.) You could do that automatically because of […]

Happy Birthday, Curious George! (.pdf)

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

This afternoon (Saturday, September 17), the Boston Public Library is holding a special celebration in honor of Curious George’s birthday from 1 to 4 pm. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared September 17 Curious George Day in honor of this famous children’s book character. Other Curious George stuff on the scratchpad: ->Curious George Goes to the […]

No archives were harmed in the writing of this book.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

I found the portrayal of the Vatican archives in Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons quite fascinating. I have no idea how the described archives reflects reality. However, the book is not for those of you who are faint of heart when it comes to archives and special texts. In the course of the story, the […]

Beatrix Potter Exhibit in Amherst, MA

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art until December 5. Oooh, thanks, v! Field trip, anyone?

Friday, May 27th, 2005

The November 26 issue of the Internet Scout Report highlights this Web site featuring thousands of magazines, newspapers, and other reading material from around the globe.

Mmmmm Children’s Fantasy Books

Monday, May 16th, 2005

I’m not sure which is more tantalizing: the thought of Nancy Pearl recommending children’s fantasy books or v blogging again. Of course, LISNews points to the NPR piece, too.

I know the first and second rules of Book Club are not to talk about Book Club, but

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

I found this series of Book Group comics from Unshelved too hilarious not to share. I’m glad I took a moment to catch up on the comics I’ve been missing.

Book Jewelry

Monday, April 4th, 2005

I saw these neat bookmarks at a craft fair this weekend. Knowing some of you really like reading and need something with which to mark your place, I thought I’d point to them.

Jay’s Answers about Reading

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Jay McCarthy responds to my tag to answer a few questions about reading. He blogged about 42 books last year. That number doesn’t include things he read that he didn’t blog. That’s roughly one a week. To me, that’s amazing. Thanks for the answers, Jay! Addendum 3/23: And so it spreads …

Tagged by an Anonymous Blogger to Answer Reading Questions

Monday, March 14th, 2005

The myserious Instant Karma Girl* tagged me to answer some questions about reading. What was the last book you read or are reading? Answering this question will ruin my reputation as someone who never reads. I am currently working on four books: Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan Star Rover by Jack London Skin Tight […]

New Category: Reading

Monday, March 14th, 2005

I find that I write about books and reading quite a bit, so I’ve created a new category for posts about this topic. Some of its contents might overlap with the First Amendment Rights department. I’ll try to put items related to the freedom of reading there and things like comments about books here.

Mexican Police: Read or Lose Promotion

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Because of what I wrote over a year ago about books for Mexico City’s subway passengers, one of my librarian friends pointed me to this article about how Mexican police must read at least one book a month or forfeit their opportunity for advancement. I’ve seen it floating around the blogosphere elsewhere, too.

If the bloggers come out of the walls, then it’s all over.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

I finally read “The Wolves in the Walls” by Neil Gaiman (nifty Web site with lots of Flash). (Yes, that’s right! I read a book! Write the day down in history!) I find something gripping, magical, and consuming in the way he creates the worlds where his kids books happen. It makes me think of […]

Teachers Use Comic Books to Teach Literacy, Art, and Writing

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Beth Fertig reports for Voice of America about a trend among teachers to use comic books to encourage students to read, draw, and write.

"Everything I Need To Know About Life I’ve Learned By Reading Banned Books"

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

While I was shopping with a friend, he exclaimed, “That’s your button!” It is now. Hidden Sweets has them. Perhaps you’ll get one soon.