Ever wonder what turns children on to reading? A report by CNN August 4, 2015 links it to biography - stories of real people whose lives and beliefs. Giving some credit to Common Core state standards that emphasize nonfiction reading, the bump may be due to children's love of an interesting world! Read more about it here.
“I come at perfume from a different point of view,” says Christopher Brosius (perfumer for CB Beast by CB I Hate Perfume, a Brooklyn-based line of “anti-perfumes). of the classical notion of perfume as a fashion accessory. “I’m looking to create very different experiences.” And different they are. Take In the Library, for instance: an unusual perfume that captures the smell of books in a way that will immediately connect with readers. (The secret: An “English Novel” note that Brosius had derived from a real book.) From Yahoo Beauty April 24, 2015
Mark your calendars! The Friends will put thousands of gently used books out for sale on May 14-16. On May 14, the Friends will host a preview sale from 5pm-8pm which will be open only to paid-up members of the Friends. Of course, non-members and lapsed members can purchase or renew membership at the door. A wine (or other beverage) and cheese reception will be available between 6:30pm and 8pm.
The sale will be open to the general public from noon to 5pm on Friday May 15 and Saturday, May 16. The "Bag of Books" clearance sale will be from 5pm to 6pm at $5 a bag. Of course, we will buy your bag back if you don't find a gem or two or twelve!
With a "soft spot for public libraries", The Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler (August 13, 2014, Page 1 of their Personal Journal section) asks essentially why would you pay a monthly fee to read e-books when you can get it free at your local public library? Over 90% of American's public libraries over e-books - including the Monrovia Public Library! In a not so random study of available titles, public libraries won out in the number of available titles against Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, and Scribe. It's easier than you think - just log into the library's website page for online resources with your card number and pin.
While electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture, and experience of reading a paperback classic. We'll be celebrating in the Friends Store.
Are you old enough to remember "Roots" staring LeVar Burton? Well, he's still around and doing good! The founder and ramrod of "Readig Rainbow." The Sunday, July 6, 2014 issue of Parade magazine bundled with the Los Angeles Times highlighted his reading revolution. As the host of PBS Reading Rainbow for 26 years, LeVar introduced millions of kids to the magic of a good story. He is now working to make it even bigger and better in digital space. You can contribute to the campaign at Reading Rainbow 3.07 . He's picked ten great summer reads. Check here for where to purchase the books or bring the list to the library for check out.
The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.–Libba Bray
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