Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween!
By October 31, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Happy Halloween!

Check out this awesome light show animation to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Thanks to Neatorama for the link.

Reading the Screen: The Thing
By October 31, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Thing

If you’re a fan of science fiction movies, you probably already know that a prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) is being filmed. It promises to explain just what went on at the Norwegian base prior to the events we saw in the movie. A lot of people consider The Thing to be a […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Cindy & Lynn's Best Books of 2010

Cindy & Lynn's Best Books of 2010

Cindy: We attended our state school library conference (Michigan Association for Media in Education) this week. Lynn and I presented our annual list of our favorite books of the year. We provided two hour-long booktalk presentations to over 150 school librarians. One session was devoted to fiction and the other featured nonfiction, graphic novels and […]

10 FREE Halloween downloads: A fright fest from Scott Brick
By October 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

10 FREE Halloween downloads: A fright fest from Scott Brick

Celebrating Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read? Hurry to claim your freebie! This just in from Scott Brick: Just in time for Halloween! Announcing the newest installment in my First Editions line of audiobooks: Scott Brick Presents GOTHIC HORROR: BLOODCURDLING TALES FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST AUTHORS. I’ve long been a fan of the horror genre. True […]

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Author Visits: Bon Chance or Nuisance?
By October 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Author Visits: Bon Chance or Nuisance?

An author visit can be a lovely change of pace from the usual meeting, and I would encourage most book groups to try one some time. However, all author visits are not created equal. A bad visit can be a face-to-face infomercial for a product that nobody is buying,  or worse, awkwardly quiet, damned by obviously faint praise, or […]

The Lovely Bones Are Not All That Scary
By October 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

The Lovely Bones Are Not All That Scary

When I decided that our crime fiction book discussion group was going to focus on Youth is Wasted On the Young this year I deliberately tried to stay away from books that featured children dying.  I already knew that this issue, not unlike animals being slaughtered, is on the do not read list of a […]

Weeklings: The Novel's Dream of Itself, E-books on Campus, Google's Poetry Translations, Prolific Authors, Prison Books, and Sterling's Gold
By October 29, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: The Novel's Dream of Itself, E-books on Campus, Google's Poetry Translations, Prolific Authors, Prison Books, and Sterling's Gold

There sure are a lot of pieces about the relationship between books and paper, which makes sense. We need a lot of thinking to make sense of this changing media environment. Much as I had a hard time working up the energy to read yet one more take, I was glad I read Tom Chatfield’s “Do […]

Facebook for Book Groups
By October 27, 2010 8 Comments Read More →

Facebook for Book Groups

Is your book group using Facebook? I stubbornly kept away due to privacy concerns, and because I didn’t need one more drain on my time. But as it became apparent that most of my acquaintances, groups, and organizations are conducting business on Facebook, I decided it was time to put aside my reservations. I started about three months ago. Yes, […]

Potter book club enhances classroom learning

Potter book club enhances classroom learning

The educators at Stambaugh Middle School (Auburndale, FL) are taking some lessons from Hogwarts. They’ve created a book group around the Harry Potter books that not only introduces the joy of reading to students, but also helps them improve reading comprehension, writing skills, and even civic responsibility. It’s no wonder that the books are seeing […]

Do you have the living dead on your library shelves?
By October 26, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Do you have the living dead on your library shelves?

Sony put a stake through the heart of the Walkman this week, putting another nail in the coffin of the cassette. I must admit that I still have a few good old books on cassette on my middle school library shelves – but I also have cheap personal cassette players for check out. 21st century […]

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