Book Madness!

March 29, 2011

Back when sports fans were filling out their college basketball brackets, I wrote on Facebook that these were the only brackets that interested me: [ ] ( ) { } < > I was wrong. Even better than punctuation brackets is a book bracket. Now this is a competition I can really get into! Voting […]

How many of these banished words do you use?

December 31, 2010

GOOGLE the banished words list for 2011. It really has the WOW FACTOR and will surely go VIRAL when THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FACEBOOK it. I had an A-HA MOMENT when my friend Jay Ryan posted it before I did. EPIC FAIL. What’s the BACK STORY to this competition? It’s not like we’re BFFs. Guess I […]

A Christmas Tree for Bibliophiles

December 18, 2010

The Richard A. Gleeson Library in San Francisco displays a Christmas tree made out of the National Union Catalog. Read the story here. Merry Christmas, and may there be many books under your tree!

18 miles of books…

May 22, 2010

I’m heading to New York City for the IBPA Publishing University, where Seth Godin will be keynoting, and Book Expo America, the publishing industry trade show. Basically all of publishing in one huge place. I’ll have a day and a half to see the sights of New York, so I asked my Facebook friends for […]

Even my cats are bibliophiles…

May 10, 2010

Dixie the Philosopher: The claw marks in the dust jacket of “The English Philosophers from Bacon to Mill” were left by her late brother Frodo, previous occupant of the top of the bookcases. Dixie took over the role of Guardian of the Books after Frodo’s death. Occasionally she branches out and explores the shelf of […]

Pardon our dust…

May 10, 2010

My webmaster has just redesigned this site. I love the new look! We’ve been transferring posts from my old blog, and there have been a few tech glitches, so if you run into links that don’t work or mismatched fonts, etc., that’s why. We’re continuing to update and polish. Meanwhile, just think of this as […]

The Reading Mother

May 9, 2010

You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be– I had a Mother who read to me. from “The Reading Mother” by Strickland Gillilan Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

Home Library Gives Educational Advantage

April 20, 2010

Researchers who studied statistics from 27 nations confirmed what book lovers have long known: a home library gives children an educational advantage. “Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books.”

Do School Libraries Need Books?

February 14, 2010

Here’s an interesting debate in the New York Times, triggered by a school that gave away most of its books to create a digitized library. Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (to be published in June…and I want to read it!) says: “We may not want to […]

Why We Should Write in Our Books

July 23, 2009

Great thoughts from Steve Leveen (of Levenger) on why we should write in our books. I find it nearly impossible to read without a pencil in hand. I underline, star, or bracket important passages, write captions or keywords at the tops of pages, argue with the author in the margin, create my own index in […]