Archive for December, 2010

EW weighs in on good books

EW weighs in on good books

I say this every year, but I mean it. I love Top Ten lists–books, movies, music, theatre, television, fashion don’ts, food, you name it, I’ll read the Top Ten list devoted to it. My favorite Top Ten lists (after Top of the List) come from those culture mavens over at Entertainment Weekly. This year, quite […]

Daddy, Read to Me
By December 26, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Daddy, Read to Me

This story in today’s New York Times reminds us of the importance of reading in a child’s life – and to men behind bars who do not want to be forgotten by their children. Kudos to the NY Public Library for developing the Daddy & Me literacy outreach program where fathers read and record children’s […]

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Santa Delivers…

Santa Delivers…

Cindy and Lynn: Santa left two big packages* for our middle school readers…we hope he was good to you this year, too. We are looking forward to 2011 and all of the good books on the horizon… * our glass display cases, wrapped up for the holidays. One of our students’ favorite displays. They ask […]

Readers, start your engines!

Readers, start your engines!

Or your e-reader devices. Same thing. The New York Times published a story that ponders (again, as if we haven’t been pondering all year) the impact e-readers will have on the publishing industry, readers, and reading. What’s notable is everyone quoted seems to be less panicked about the demise of a literate culture and more […]

Booklist’s BEST audiobooks & gift give-aways!
By December 23, 2010 5 Comments Read More →

Booklist’s BEST audiobooks & gift give-aways!

Early presents! Booklist’s complete list of 2010′s top titles & five chances to win. Thirteen is your lucky number – you’ll find 13 audiobook titles for adults, and 13 for children & teens on the list below, linked to the Booklist reviews for more information, plus 13 days to win. Ever wonder just HOW many […]

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The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Lynn: I am slow in blogging about The Ghost and the Goth (Hyperion 2010) but there is still time to grab it, kick back and enjoy it over the holiday break.  The teens in our book club have been talking about this one since last summer.  They were handing it off to each other – […]

This Is the Content of Our Winter, Pt. 2
By December 23, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

This Is the Content of Our Winter, Pt. 2

Here are the remaining titles from the Williamsburg Regional Library’s staff book group meeting. Our theme was works that involved winter settings. Cela’s first choice was unusual. Robert Masello’s Blood and Ice is a tale that blends historical fiction, horror, adventure, science, and vampires. A contemporary South Pole researcher and journalist discovers a man and […]

Serving “outside” book clubs at the library…
By December 22, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Serving “outside” book clubs at the library…

A few weeks ago I wondered about the logistics of adding different book clubs to the roster of what you may already be doing at your library.  Then I came across this article on Patch which shows us another way to look at it. The LaGrange Park (IL) Public Library assists 40 different book clubs.  […]

Narrators wanted!
By December 21, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Narrators wanted!

The British Museum wants you to narrate a book! Think you’ve got what it takes? Join the worldwide project to collect as many English-speaking voices as possible reading Mr. Tickle by Roger Hargreaves. Yup, from the good old Mr. Men books my kids read when they were small (and who knew? They are still on […]

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Literary Spin-offs: A Christmas Carol
By December 21, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Literary Spin-offs: A Christmas Carol

Okay, so you’ve seen, and this is just a conservative estimate, 1,489,226 television shows and movies based — sometimes exceedingly loosely — on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). But how many literary spin-offs have you read? Adam Roberts, the British science fiction writer and parodist — I talked about him back in March, in […]

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