Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Public Domain Day

Safety Last! is a 1923 American silent film
“Whose woods these are, I think I”—whoa! We can’t quote any more of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” because it is still under copyright as this magazine goes to press. But come January 1, 2019, we, you, and everyone in America will be able to quote it at length on any platform. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S. Smithsonian Magazine
Unfortunately, the fact that works from 1923 are legally available does not mean they are actually available. Many of these works are lost entirely or literally disintegrating (as with old films and recordings), evidence of what long copyright terms do to the conservation of cultural artifacts. For the works that have survived, however, their long-awaited entry into the public domain is still something to celebrate. Duke Law
How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain

Friday, December 21, 2018

Librarian Code

  • Librarians love to read
  • Librarians don't like censorship
  • Librarians think information should be free and available to all
  • Librarians know all life's answers aren't in books, but most are
  • Librarians know that empathy comes from experiencing other people's stories
  • Librarians can help you find your next good read
  • Librarians are always happy to check that fact for you
  • Librarians organize the world of information
(From the back of Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure's package)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Our Graphic Novel Section Is Expanding

So what happens when we take a powerful tool like storytelling and we add to it with visual impact? In short, magic. According to Neoman studios as humans, we are visually wired too. Almost 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing and a whopping 70% of all our sensory receptors are in our eyes. This means we can get the sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second. Put simply, our brains process visuals more efficiently than text alone. Thoughts Drawn Out

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Instagram & Book Covers

A French bookstore invites its Instagram followers to judge books by their covers. Visit Colossal to see more.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Novel Writing Workshop Series

November is National Novel Writing Month. Shoreline Community College has FREE Wednesday workshops to support your writing. (Parking is free during this time!) Bring a laptop or paper/pencil to get the most out of these sessions! more info

Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm
Outlines, Mindmaps and More
Novel Planning
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202
Outlining isn't just something you do to plan ahead of time; it can be a great way to keep you focused as you work as well. Find out what to do when your novel doesn't follow the outline you've planned. Come to this workshop to gain momentum, get organized, or accumulate ideas!

Nov 14 @ 4:30 pm 
Whisper, Blurt, Declare, Insist
Writing Dialogue Well
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202 
Getting characters to talk to each other can reveal so much about your plot and your novel. Dialogue is a great way to move things along and force your characters to talk through plot problems. This is the perfect session for writers who are losing steam and need a boost!

Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm
Moving Forward (By Moving Backward) 
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202 
Taking a look at the beginning of your novel can give you hints at what you need to do for your ending. Reflection and awareness are valuable tools to writers and can give you that pensive moment you need to move forward. Previous scenes may have unrealized details or characters just under the surface. Come to this session to get the most out what you’ve already written.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The best-loved novels in The Great American Read.

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ was an eight-part PBS series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. It investigated how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. PBS

Watch these episodes for novels grouped by themes

Who Am I?


Villains and Monsters

What We Do 
For Love

Other Worlds

How do the books we love answer the question “Who am I?” We explore first-person narratives and other ways authors tell stories of characters on personal journeys. Celebrities, literary experts, authors and everyday book lovers discuss why our favorite heroes are complex and relatable, from the everyday hero to the tragic and unlikely or anti-hero. How do novels featuring our favorite villains and monsters help us understand why people behave badly? We examine the evil characters in our favorite novels, to find out why we go to the dark side. How do our favorite novels reflect what we do for love? From classic romance to family dramas, from unrequited passion to unforgettable first love, we take a look at our best-loved books that feature the most important emotion in our lives. From fantasy to science fiction, historical fiction to stories of spiritual realms, what do these books tell us about our own world?  We examine how these novels help us think about real-life and present-day issues.