"My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. Although I can read almost anywhere, we’re each allowed our preferences and mine is so. Coffee shops feel pretentious, the gym is freaking weird. Libraries are fine but there’s so much candy and I can’t handle it all calling my name."

~ A Shot and a Book: How to Read in Bars

24 July 2014 ·

In the Spirit of Agatha Christie, pt. 2

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled”

If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:


 

An Unmarked Grave
by Charles Todd

While contending with wounded soldiers and influenza patients, WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford stumbles upon the body of an officer and family friend who has been murdered, and uses her father’s connections in the military to search for an elusive killer.

 

Lowcountry Boil
by Carl T. Smith

Covington SC’s premier attorney, local bank president, and superintendent of schools – along with a few local lowlifes – have been smuggling drugs into the country for several years and are planning the ultimate run before retiring forever from the drug scene. Sam Larkin has moved to Covington to escape his past, but gets caught up in a DEA investigation when he sparks the interest of the agent investigating the drug ring.

 

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

 

24 July 2014 ·

Mysteries in the Spirit of Agatha Christie, pt. 1

Great Suspense Doesn’t Have To Be “Hard Boiled”

If you prefer your mysteries without explicit gore, sex, or violence, try these authors – all Agatha Award winners and nominees:

The Wrong Girl
by Hank Phillippi Ryan

What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal – reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track… but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out.

 

Naughty in Nice
by Rhys Bowen

It’s 1933, and Lady Georgiana Rannoch (now 34th in line to the British throne) is destitute and helping out in a soup kitchen. So she jumps at the chance to escape to the French Riviera when the queen offers to finance her trip there to recover a stolen snuff box. En route, Rannoch meets legendary designer Coco Chanel, who asks her to model a new line of clothing.

 

Learning to Swim
by Sara J. Henry

Troy Chance witnesses a boy fall from a ferry into Lake Champlain. Diving in to rescue him, she discovers his arms bound with an adult sweatshirt. He’s incredibly frightened, speaks only French, and won’t tell her what happened, so Troy determines that she will keep him safe rather than turn him over to the police. When he finally begins to confide in her, he tells a bizarre tale of being kidnapped, hearing his mother murdered by gunshot, and then being held for months.

 

23 July 2014 ·

darienlibrary:

Team t-shirts for the corporate 5K. @fairfieldlibrary you are GOING DOWN. #gauntletthrown

darienlibrary:

Team t-shirts for the corporate 5K. @fairfieldlibrary you are GOING DOWN. #gauntletthrown

23 July 2014 ·

"When asked to produce a cliché, many speakers simply produce an idiom. Idioms, looked at in isolation, are not necessarily clichés. Yet hundreds of these idioms fill up the pages of dictionaries of clichés, with little justification for their inclusion according to the very criteria that the compilers of these dictionaries enumerate."

~

Ack, it’s a misunderstood-cliché crisis!

The truth about clichés: Why the stigma against them isn’t entirely fair

23 July 2014 ·

scrisori-de-sertar:

http://bookriot.com/2014/07/21/twinkle-toes-bookish-shoes-literary-feet/

23 July 2014 ·

"In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is."

~ Matthew Salesses, “When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself” (via nprcodeswitch)

23 July 2014 ·

"More titles, easier access and quite possibly a saving of public funds. Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?"

~

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription (via infoneer-pulse)

Let’s say it all together now….”libraries provide more than just access to books!” I am so tired of seeing a community space reduced to a place to leave books. Amazon can’t replace ESOL classes, early literacy story times, access to public computers and training, nor can it replace a safe space to do any of these things and more. Libraries promote the right to read whatever you want, and while collections are developed, we wouldn’t stop access to books with a publisher we didn’t agree with or remove books from a patrons account like the famous 1984 kindle story awhile back.

And who is going to provide these kindles? Or teach people how to use them? Will items in other languages be provided?

I know the author is most likely not serious, or just playing this from a privileged “I’ve never been in a place in my life where I needed a public library, and we spend money on it and things we spend money on that don’t apply to me make me mad” angle, but this whole thing pisses me off. By all means, continue to develop these programs for those who would like to use them, but don’t assume it us the right fit for everyone. Netflix hasn’t stopped my patrons from checking out tons of movies each week. And I like to think that what I’m able to provide as a librarian isn’t as replaceable as an instruction manual for a new amazon service.

(via isallornothingthebestwecando)

(via noeatinginthelibrary)

22 July 2014 ·

bcpl:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back!   Artists vs TMNT. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3 Finale.  

Awesome. And just a leetle bit NSFW.

22 July 2014 ·

fastcompany:

Kids Need A Flashlight To Read This Adorable Pop-up Book

Motion Silhouette tells a story through its shadows.

Reading by flashlight when you’re supposed to be asleep is practically a rite of passage for kids. An adorable new children’s book celebrates that tradition.

Read More>

(via bethrevis)

22 July 2014 ·

neighborlycyclops:

Ginger hangs out day and night in front of the Shirlington Library, enjoying the crowds coming and going, and, of course, watching out for would-be parkers, other than event vehicles, on May 6th and 7th.

22 July 2014 ·

sokisoy:

#sky #virginia #shirlington #wanderlust (Taken with Instagram)

sokisoy:

#sky #virginia #shirlington #wanderlust (Taken with Instagram)

21 July 2014 ·

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