by Abby Spegman, courtesy of The Bulletin
Marni Hanna has a disclaimer for visitors to the Pacific Crest (OR) Middle School library: It’s not done. “A lot of people walk in and say there’s not that many books,” said Hanna, the school’s media manager.
The shelves are about half full — the school opened late last year, and Hanna is still trying to gauge what sort of books teachers and students are most interested in. But there are other things missing: computers, since all the students have iPads; reference...READ MORE
by Colin Dabowski, courtesy of The Buffalo News
Buffalo (NY) is a living library of great collections, each amassed through some combination of smarts, money and good timing.
From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s peerless masterpieces of modern art that pepper the pages of art history books to the world-renowned trove of James Joyce manuscripts and letters that draw scholars from around the globe to the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection, this city proudly protects many of the great accomplishments in the history of art, architecture, science and literature.
So it...READ MORE
by Joseph Doucet, courtesy of The Daily Reveille
In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Baton Rouge’s West Chimes Street and the surrounding North Gates area was home to a small, yet devoted punk rock scene. Author and former punk-rocker Tim Parrish, State Librarian of Louisiana Rebecca Hamilton, and filmmaker Bennet Rhodes have decided this almost 30-year period needs to be preserved as a document of one of the city’s most colorful subcultures.
All former members of the punk community, the three are creating “Red Stick Punkumentary,” a documentary film covering the punk scene...READ MORE
Carl Schurz Park was dedicated as a Literary Landmark in honor of Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974), who used the park as a setting in her novel for young readers Harriet the Spy.
The dedication was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication Harriet the Spy. The novel has become a classic that has entertained young readers and inspired future writers. Fitzhugh used this park and other familiar neighborhood sites in her novel. In the park, Harriet follows Ole Golly on her date with Mr. Waldenstein, gathers a frog to put in Marion Hawthorne’s desk at school, and plays a game of tag with the kids in her class. But most importantly, Harriet takes her notebook to the park and sits on a bench, writing under the...READ MORE
BECAUSE JUNIOR TIDAL KNOWS THAT PROMOTING PLACE & COMMUNITY IS ESSENTIAL.READ MORE
"Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "Libraries are what water is to fish."
Review of the Day
Buckley, Gail Lumet (author).
Feb. 2016. 352p. Atlantic Monthly, hardcover, $26 (9780802124548); e-book, $26 (9780802190697). 973.
REVIEW. First published February 1, 2016 (Booklist). Although it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, Dr. Andrew Bonaparte Calhoun wanted a “sophisticated” butler, and so Moses Calhoun, Buckley’s great-great-grandfather, became literate and, upon emancipation, a highly successful Atlanta businessman. Lacing her assiduously researched and gracefully written family history into the very fabric of the Republic, Buckley captures the brief sense of possibility for African Americans after the Civil War and the vicious backlash that spawned the Ku Klux Klan... READ MORE