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?


Heroes


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.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and that’s by design.

When a piece of information is too easily and cleanly read, it can fail to engage our brains in the kind of deeper cognitive processing necessary for effective retention and recall.

Sans Forgetica is an attempt to address this somewhat ironic flaw of design. By disrupting the flow of individual letterforms, readers are subtly prompted to increase their focus on the text being communicated. Multiple tests undertaken by RMIT’s Behavioural Business Lab have confirmed that the effect of this is to increase memory retention of the text in question. Download the font & remember more.

Monday, October 8, 2018

We Have a Winner!

For a dime you can purchase a pencil from our low tech vending box in the library. If you are lucky and receive a gold pencil — you get a free print card.