Archive for September, 2011

Reading the Screen: David Baldacci on TV?
By September 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: David Baldacci on TV?

According to this story at Digital Spy, David Baldacci’s novels featuring Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are being turned into a television series, with NCIS’ Shane Brennan producing. This could be a good show, provided they spend a goodly amount of time on the characters. The King/Maxwell novels vary wildly in […]

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Bringing Back the Buzz, Pt. 10
By September 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Bringing Back the Buzz, Pt. 10

I continue my series of suggestions for groups in search of new ideas that will keep meetings fresh: 30. ALPHABET SOUP Sometimes a thoroughly organized venture like a book group can benefit from a side trip into arbitrariness. Try a random organizing principle for one meeting and see what serendipity brings. For instance, select a […]

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Basketball Belles by Sue Macy

Basketball Belles by Sue Macy

Lynn: I usually don’t think much about my age but while I certainly wasn’t around in 1896, the time of Basketball Belles:  How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map (Holiday 2011), I did play “Girl’s Basketball” rules in high school.  Girls were considered too delicate to do more than […]

Got donated old encyclopedias? Make a table!
By September 26, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Got donated old encyclopedias? Make a table!

Weeding reference? Make great teen area furniture! This picture shows 25-year-old donated encyclopedias turned into tables for my library’s comfy chair corner. Check out husband Steve’s handiwork – he made me three of these by drilling holes in books, threading on a 5/16th steel all-thread rod screwed into a T-nut on the bottom of a […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month

We have our own month! Thanks to the Women’s National Book Association, book clubs have their own month to celebrate great reading, lively discussions, and meet new readers. National Reading Group Month spans the entire month and there are some great events happening nationwide. For a complete list of all the events, great group reads, […]

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Every Book Group Needs a Little Carnage
By September 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Every Book Group Needs a Little Carnage

The God of Carnage (2006) is a remarkable play by the French playwright Yasmina Reza. After winning many awards in its original French, the English translation by Christopher Hampton won both Britain’s Olivier Award and Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Play. Stars including Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, […]

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Getting Excited
By September 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Getting Excited

I’ve always said it will be time to quit this job when I don’t feel at least a tingle as a new season’s books starting arriving. Spring 2012, a trickle of books  a few weeks ago, has turned into a steady stream, and everywhere I turn, there’s something new I can’t wait to read. Meg Rosoff is […]

Web Crush of the Week: Locus Online

Web Crush of the Week: Locus Online

Like its print counterpart, Locus Online is your one-stop-shop for pretty much everything you need to know about science fiction and fantasy publishing. If’ it’s been typeset and has a spaceship or a dragon on the cover, it’s been in Locus. (No spam please. I know that those are awful cliches and the that industry […]

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Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens

Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens

Lynn: Mrs. Finnemore has her paws full!  In Edwin Speaks Up (Random/Schwartz & Wade 2011) she is taking her five little ferrets on a trip to the grocery store.  But first she has to find her keys!  “Gloo Poop SHOE noogie froo KEY,”  babbles baby Edwin.  Sophie Blackall’s full-page opening illustration cleverly depicts Mrs. Finnemore’s […]

Digital Deluge
By September 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Digital Deluge

Kindle compatibility = audiobook audience. Eager new library download patrons are storming the gates to grab free titles for their Kindle. Last August, I gave you the month that Kindle downloads would go live via OverDrive Media. The rumors started flying earlier this week and OverDrive’s press release yesterday made it official: the Kindle digital […]

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