Nostalgic for book-finding, the old fashioned way

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Love the speed and accuracy of a digital library search, but sometimes the senses want what they want: An old-fashioned card catalog cabinet at the public library.






Banned Books Week: Fight for the freedom to read books, as written

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015, the annual event to celebrate the freedom to read including the ability to express ideas with material some consider unpopular and/or radical is happening now. Support your right to read and say no to censorship.











First Folio no. 233 discovered

Monday, December 1st, 2014

William Shakespeare’s mystery is further enhanced by a newly-discovered First Folio in France’s Saint-Omer library, bringing the total to 233 for one of the most wondrous and rarest of books.











Support our freedom to read + express ideas

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

This past week was Banned Books Week, the annual event to celebrate the freedom to read. That includes the ability to express ideas with material some consider unpopular and/or radical. And more importantly, to focus on the dangers of censorship.











Still banning [books] after all these years

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

READ ON! 2013’s Banned Books Week is happening now. Celebrate your freedom to read!











We love libraries: From brick-and-mortar to digital

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

The values of libraries for research are obvious. But libraries are also at the forefront of entertainment – both as subject and substance. Two must-hear radio segments explain.











A mashup of Wild Things, Stinky Cheese, Charlotte and Pooh too

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

A trip down the memory lane of children’s books is the focus of the new exhibition at the New York Public Library. I found the Wild Things, Pooh, and the Stinky Cheese Man too in the mix. It’s an exhibit well worth several trips.











Everything old is new again

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The precursors to the ViewMasters we loved as kids were called stereoscopes – instruments that melded two separate 2D images into one 3D image. I stumbled upon these beautiful antique stereoscopes on a visit to the Free Library of Philadelphia. Take a look.











Noshing in New York

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

How do New Yorkers lunch? The New York Public Library’s latest exhibit shares the lunch habits of New Yorkers over the past century, from the legendary Automat to the influx food trucks. It’s a creative hour.











Support your local library: National Library Week

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

TweetAs many of the curious g readers know, I’m a big fan and supporter of the New York Public Library (NYPL). I’ve shared my passions in What stretches 88 miles with 87 branches? and Building Patience and Fortitude: One Lego at a time. It’s not only what the NYPL has to offer in terms of […]