Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oh, for Pete’s sake.

Who cares where information comes from or if it’s accurate or who wrote it or who uses it? Sheesh…these picky teachers and weirdo librarians that yammer on and on about ‘checking your sources’, ‘who’s the author’, ‘find the citation’, ‘turn in a Works Cited’, MLA, EasyBib, yadayadayada. What a snore!

Well, listen carefully to what John Green has to say about crediting the appropriate sources. A real-world example from someone who not only cares to be accurate but will publicly make sure that we know he cares. What a great guy! A perfect example for all of us.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Abandoned to Award-Winning

A deserted Wal-Mart in McAllen, Texas was converted into the award-winning McAllen Public Library.

Some of the library’s more charming features include what Horan calls “mega-pendants,” or large signs emblazoned with genre names and designed to make the lofty ceilings seem a little lower. Under them are reading nooks they call “respites.” The library also features a quiet room, several computer labs, a small volunteer-run bookstore, and a cafĂ©. Slate
Check out the other repurposed big-box stores (One is a Spam Museum)
More pictures of the library.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Big news in the publishing world this past week.

First and foremost, it was announced that after almost 60 years, this summer will see the release of a second novel by author, Harper Lee. This book is actually her first novel, according to her publisher, but was never printed for public sale. Lee's editor at the time suggested that the main character, Scout Finch, deserved a back story and encouraged Ms Lee to craft a story of Scout as a young girl. That effort resulted in the classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that remains one of the most widely-read and cherished books of the 20th century. Now it seems, the re-discovery of this first manuscript will lead to a much-anticipated second work by the reclusive, 88-year-old writer. Literally millions will line up to re-connect with Scout and her aging father, Atticus. What a find! NY Times

In addition, the family of American writer, EB White, has finally agreed to release three of his most famous children's stories in digital format. Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan will be available as an ebook download beginning next month. The family has concluded that sales of the digital books will not affect the continued sales of the 'preferred' print format. ABC News

As a bi-format reader myself, I think both announcements are great. Such timeless stories should be spread far and wide for all ages to enjoy. I'm so looking forward to these releases.