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Happy International Literacy Day!

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Taking a Break

No worries! I have a big project I need to be working on for the next little bit - there's no exact deadline, so I can't tell you when exactly I'll be back. I might drop a few lines now and then, especially if something happens with CISA/CISPA or net neutrality, or book banning, or...well, all that stuff I care about a lot.

I will also be writing some for Banned Books Week, for sure, so there's that!


Links for 9/2

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeBodleian Library Launches New Digital.Bodleian SiteIndianapolis launches literacy-promoting "Big Free Libraries"Read before you speak "I have a suggestion: If you want to complain about curriculum, you need to read the books. Twice in the last week, undergraduates in North Carolina — first at Duke University and then at the University of North Carolina — have objected to assigned books they haven’t read." Sound advice.Making Maps for Books: Two Cartographers Tell Us How It’s DoneLearning to Read: A Survival Guide for ParentsDear Mom, Dad, and Teacher: This Is Why I Read "On the last day of our ten-week Bookopolis Book Club session, I asked a group of fourth and fifth graders a simple question: Why do you read? Here are some of their sincere and unprompted answers..."‘Dune’ at 50: Why the Groundbreaking Eco-Conscious Novel Is More Relevant Than EverHealth, Science, Net, & TechWhen Big Data Becomes Bad Da…

Google Gets a Facelift

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Google has a new logo! The celebratory Google Doodle is cute:


Google's made a lot of changes over the last 17 years or so:




I like the new logo.



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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeAIA/ALA Library Building Awards So pretty...The digital debate is done, and the reading public are the winnersA College Curriculum on Your Bookshelf: 50 Books for 50 ClassesHayao Miyazaki to build children’s nature retreatA Day for Robots (and Humans) Little Robot is out today!! Neil Gaiman: 'my parents didn’t have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read'Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”Literature of 9/11 college class accused of being 'sympathetic towards terrorism' "Alec Dent, a freshman journalism major at UNC, hasn't taken the class or read any of the books on the syllabus, but said he's concerned that the class isn't 'fair and balanced,' reports WRAL-TV. 'The more research I did into it, the more it seemed like …

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Do You Love Your Librarian?

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Of course you do! Who doesn't love their librarian?!

So, you should nominate your favorite for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award!

You can nominate your favorite school librarianpublic librarian, or academic librarian. Make sure you check out the details!

Hurrah!



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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians Today's post features Jefferson Parish libraries! Millions in Damage at Jefferson Parish LibraryUndercover Republican Goes Hillary-Hunting in Clinton Library This probably sounds nuts to most of you - but this sounds like the kind of job I'd love to do. Other than working for the Republicans, of course. Boy trips, punches hole in $1.5 million painting ...Ouch...The surprising benefits of reading before bedFive Books That Dump You into a Pit of DespairScience-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time Sounds amazing...now I just have to get my hands on a copy...Do America's Military Bas…

Happy Birthday, Duke!

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Today is Duke Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday! He gets a Google Doodle:

He's known as the father of modern surfing, and starred in several movies. He also won several Olympic medals.

But that's not what makes him awesome.

This is what makes him awesome:

Yep. Pretty dang awesome.



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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeValue of the library goes beyond dollars and cents Coloring Book Clubs Cross the Line into Libraries I want this in my library...Health, Science, Net & TechNo, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a DayCuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.Destroyed by ISIS, artifacts may find new life after 3D reconstructionEducationHow The U.S. Is Neglecting Its Smartest Kids"Sorry, I'm Not Taking This Test"LouisianaLouisiana trooper dies after being shot, tauntedWhere Black Lives Matter Began "Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain." Related: Katrina Washed Away …

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeWorld’s Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Opened and Digitized for the First Time So pretty:
The Coolest Book-Themed Sculptures Also pretty!
August 23, 1869: Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology, is born "The book contained a series of short, unrhymed poems, the meditations of deceased residents of the small town of Spoon River. In just a handful of lines, the speakers outline their lives-mostly unhappy, unfulfilled, and full of bitterness, anger, or love for other speakers. The poems expose the sterility and small-minded element of small-town life, which became a theme of other writers in the 1920s, notably Sinclair Lewis." Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters Related: I WON 5 HUGO AWARDS. And we all lost.Australian academics seek to challenge 'web of avarice' in scientific publishingHealth, Science, Net, & TechWhat was fake on the Internet this week: Sam & Nia, Trump’s New Mexi…

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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeWhat Your Reading Style Says About You: 7 Different Ways To Read, And What They Say About Your Personality I'm a juggler. I'm currently reading six books, and I'm seldom reading fewer than three at a time. Heh.Books You Won't Believe Are BannedFaked peer reviews prompt 64 retractionsHealth, Science, Net, & TechBrace yourself: SOPA set to strike againHow Google Could Rig the 2016 Election Well, that's frightening...Great American Eclipse Less Than Two Years AwayHurricane Danny Weakens; Tropical Storm Watch For Leeward Islands; Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico Drought ReliefEducationMalala achieves top GCSE gradesThe Coddling of the American Mind "In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health."The new tool colleges are using in admissions decisions: big data It seems li…

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Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

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That's right, it's this Master of Horror's 125th birthday! H.P. Lovecraft not only wrote some of the most terrifying yet eloquent stories ever, he was well aware of the priority books should take in one's life:

"I couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess."  [Source]  And, luckily for everyone, there's an absolutely gorgeous annotated edition of his works available!


Check it out at your local library! If they don't have it, request it for purchase or ask if they can get it through interlibrary loan!

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Top 5 H. P. Lovecraft Facts You May Not KnowThe H.P. Lovecraft Archive5 Ways to Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th BirthdayCelebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th birthday with this Lovecraftian alphabet


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike Libraries in Times of Crisis Edward Fungo…

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Happy Birthday, 19th!

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Happy 95th Birthday to the 19th Amendment!


Seriously, Google - no Doodle?! I am disappointed in you...

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, was ratified. The following week it was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, officially enshrining the new law into the U.S. Constitution. Although it was made law in 1920 with ratification by two-thirds of the states, it wasn't until 1984 that the final state, Mississippi, passed their ratification.
Learn more from This Day in History: Woman suffrage amendment ratified


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike Strong Libraries, Strong SocietiesLibraries on the front lines of the homelessness crisis in the United StatesWhy You Should Pick Up A Novel If You're Feeling LostBerea College Preserves Appalachian History With a New Digital Preservation SystemPoliticsTrump calls for deportation of illegal immigrants, end to birthright citizenship "[...] Trump said he wants to res…

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Sunshine and Sore Fingers

We've picked up a new family activity - we're all learning to play instruments. I'm doing the easiest, of course - I'm learning to play guitar (strumming). Swicky is playing piano, Coconut and DH's brother are learning guitar (fingering), while DH is learning banjo.

So, yeah, Bluegrass.

So far, DH, his brother, and I can play "You Are My Sunshine" okay. I mean, it's two chords, so I'm really just having to learn to switch between the two, and also MY FINGERS HURT SO MUCH!

That's been my day, anyway.


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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeA Golden Era for Young Readers: The Story Behind Little Golden BooksMarvel's newest superhero is a preteen girl genius with a T-Rex sidekickHow J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-TellingNet, Tech, Health, & ScienceResearchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't ExistEducationWhy Sesame Street’s Move to HBO Is Both Great a…

I'M SO EXCITED!!!

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It looks amazing! What is Missy doing there? Is she going to be friend or foe or something in-between? Who is Maisie Williams playing? (Please be Jenny, please be Jenny, please be Jenny...) Peter Capaldi continues to seem awesome, and there are so many nods to Classic Doctors!


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Libraries, Books, Authors, & SuchlikeA love letter to libraries from Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy. "Librarians are how libraries speak.  Theirs are the small faces behind a million stories and facts.  Theirs are the simple hands that introduce you to the people who will shape you, and the ghosts that will haunt you, and the ideas that will drive you, and the friends that will never leave you.  They know the science of knowledge and beauty and laughter, and – though you can’t quite imagine it – they’ve cried over the same books that have broken and rebuilt your heart.  They’ve ridden in the same sleigh with the snow queen.  They’ve flown over London and sailed on pirate ships and visite…