Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2 is the 162th birthday of  Theodor Seuss Geisel.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” 

Emory Library opening a can of words

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The canned book is part of Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), which holds several hundred thousand volumes of rare books, including contemporary artists' and fine press books.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Jones Room on level 3 of the Woodruff Library this Sunday 3 March at 5:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Thanks, Lori!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

And the Oscar trivia winners are...

Chris and Dawn!
Atlanta favorite, Gone with the Wind, held the record for most Oscars wins for twenty years!

This year’s nominees include: Lincoln (Team of Rivals), Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall (Ian Fleming’s 007 novels), The Hobbit, Snow White, Hitchcock, Argo, and Anna Karenina.
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Check back for more trivia contests!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

You never know what's on at the library!

Library budgets in the UK are also on the chopping block. For "Love Your Library Day” earlier this month, a wee library in Scotland found some creative ways to encourage attendance for the event. Among the somewhat controversial offerings were free pole dancing classes and ‘booky table tennis’, which used (or abused) books as paddles. No reports regarding an increase in circulation (books, that is), but the Mayfield librarians were thrilled by the community turnout.

From the video, it looks as if folk had a great time at the library!

Monday, February 18, 2013

book, heart, light, loveFebruary is Library Lovers and Heart Health Month. You don’t  have to get your nose out of a book to get fit.
You’ll find exercise books and DVDs in 613.7s. There’s something for couch potatoes to hard bodies; from kids to seniors. Try some healthy recipes from the 641.5 section. Cookbooks include low carb, gluten-free, diabetic, vegan, and desserts, too. You might just find something in our Book Nook, too.
Make the time on the treadmill or stationary bike go by a little faster listening to an audiobook. If you can ‘multi-task’, download an ebook.
Did you know that Ocee Library offers Yoga and meditation classes? Please check their schedule.
As always, if you haven't been active or have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just So You Know

"Girl Reading" by Oliver Ray
original oil on panel, 24x24

Just So You Know by: Sarah Addison Allen

You fall in love with every book you touch. You never break the spine or
tear the pages. That would be cruel. You have secret favorites but, when asked,
you say that you could never choose. But did you know that books
fall in love with you, too? They watch you from the shelf while you sleep.
Are you dreaming of them, they wonder, in that wistful mood books are
prone to at night when they’re bored and there’s nothing else to do but tease the cat.
Remember that pale yellow book you read when you were sixteen? It changed
your world, that book. It changed your dreams. You carried it around until
it was old and thin and sparkles no longer rose from the pages and filled the air
when you opened it, like it did when it was new. You should know that it still
thinks of you. It would like to get together sometime, maybe over coffee
next month, so you can see how much you’ve both changed.
And the book about the donkey your father read to you every night when you
were three, it’s still around – older, a little worse for wear. But it still remembers
the way your laughter made its pages tremble with joy.
Then there was that book, just last week, in the bookstore. It caught your eye.
You looked away quickly, but it was too late. You felt the rush. You picked it up
and stroked your hand over its glassy cover. It knew you were The One. But,
for whatever reason, you put it back and walked away. Maybe you were trying
to be practical. Maybe you thought there wasn’t room enough,
time enough, energy enough.
But you’re thinking about it now, aren’t you?
You fall in love so easily.
But just so you know, they do, too.
This essay first appeared as a Valentine’s Day 2010 “More in Store”
feature for Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
©2010 Sarah Addison Allen

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

After 55 years, an overdue book, Fire of Francis Xavier, was recently mailed back to the Fort Washington Branch of the New York Public Library. While the late fee would’ve only been the cost of the book, a check for $100 was enclosed. The library’s records don’t go back to 1958 so the borrower can’t be traced. The library won’t reveal the name on the check.
Two books checked out by George Washington in 1789 have yet to be returned. Adjusted fines are over $300,000.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Why We Love

“Much Ado About Nothing” or “all you need”? Here’s a selection of books from Brain Pickings to give a little insight on love – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

AFPL holds four ‘must reads’ in their collection: “Why We Love...”, “The Psychology of Love”, “Falling in Love...”, and
“A General Theory of Love”

Favorite Authors February Birthdays

February 2 - Judith Viorst
“Some days are like that. Even in Australia.” 
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
February 7 - Charles Dickens
“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” 
Oliver Twist
February 8  - Jules Verne
“What a big book, captain, might be made with all that is known!"
"And what a much bigger book still with all that is not known!” 
The Mysterious Island
February 12 - Judy Blume
“We must, we must, we must increase our bust.” 
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
February 24  - Wilhelm Grimm
“Mirror, mirror, here I stand. Who is the fairest in the land?” 
Grimm's Fairy Tales