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“Happiness is having your own library card!”

"Happiness is having your own library card!" Sally from the Peanuts comic strip.

Sally from the Peanuts comic strip.

Sally from the Peanuts comic strip gang says it so well… “Happiness is having your own library card!” I only wish all my “cards” let me shop for free stuff!

Source: Charles M. Schulz Museum

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Books, Cartoon

 

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I don’t know about you, but this is how I always read my books!

I don't know about you, but this is how I always read a book!

Gianfranco Ferré model, Linda Evangelista, 1992.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Books, Photos

 

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Forgive me, but …

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Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Would you mind if I just added one more thing to that?

Just one…

Riverview Theater: Mpls, MN

Riverview Theater: Mpls, MN

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Books, Movie, Photos

 

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“Dear Library, I Have Lost Your Book.”

Peanuts comic, Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz

Per Guinness World Records:The world´s largest fine for an overdue library book is $345.14 (£203.29), the amount owed at two cents a day for the poetry book Days and Deeds checked out of Kewanee Public Library, Illinois, USA in April 1955 by Emily Canellos-Simms. Although the book was due back 19 April 1955, Emily found it in her mother´s house 47 years later and presented the library with a check for overdue fines.” Gosh, I feel guilty when I’m a day late!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Books, Cartoon

 

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“Listen once in a while. It’s amazing what you can hear.” Russell Baker

I love audiobooks! It’s such a welcome change to use my ears, which thankfully don’t need glasses. And, to not have to hold a book when my fingers are tired. Best of all, it can be awesome to hear my favorite story characters speak!

When I drive a long way to work, I can’t wait to get on the road in order to hear my audiobook; beats hearing engines, horns, etc. As I listen intently, time passes quickly, but I never mind the traffic jams, or the road ragers, or the snowy ride. I do, however, mind getting to work and having to shutoff my CD. Very sad!

One of my favorite books to listen to was “Kindred” by Octavia Butler. A classic time travel story! It is read by actor Kim Staunton, who has just the voice I imagine Butler’s Dana to have. Other books I’ve enjoyed hearing were authored by Dean Koontz, Tana French and Malcolm Gladwell. They all kept my attention, except when needed on the road, of course!

As is obvious, the voice who reads my story is critical. I love hearing accents (if appropriate) or multiple voices (like a play), or the author’s voice (if it adds value).  But, a bad narrator, one who is overly dramatic, or is as flat as a book cover, can ruin the story! Believe me, not all authors should read their own stories. 

Listening to audiobooks can take a little practice, and you don’t want to listen to them in the car if it is too distracting. You can find audiobooks in many places; I prefer the cheapest place…the library. I appreciate audiobook publishers who include short tracks (three-minutes or less) on their CDs, so if you miss a part, you don’t have to hear much more than what you missed.

Audiobooks have enhanced my listening skills…skills that can always be improved. And, for children, they can greatly increase vocabulary and attention span. My talky teenager can vouch for that. So, if you would like to try something new, just find a good book and give it a listen.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Audiobook, Books

 

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“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” ― Neil Gaiman

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Librarians are AWESOME! Here’s my movie tribute to the librarians of the screen, and my praise for all real librarians in the world who have helped us find what we could not find without their help!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2013 in Books, Movie, TV

 

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Rows and rows of books, oh my!

Lions and tigers and BOOKS, oh my!

“How To Live Forever” book by Colin Thompson

“In a quiet street of tall trees there is a library with a thousand rooms. On the shelves are copies of every book that has ever been written. But, one book is missing! The book is called ‘How to Live Forever.'” 

When the shelves come to life and miniature cities spring up throughout the library, Peter vows to find the missing book…and, quite possibly, immortality. 

How to Live Forever,” by Colin Thompson, is a beautiful children’s picture book. My child and I loved reading Thompson’s book, and especially enjoyed looking at each intricately, illustrated page for all the teeny, tiny book titles we could spot. If you choose to join Peter on his maze-like journey, don’t forget to stay a while on each page. Let me know if you find the vanished volume.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Books

 

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