Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Please note new phone number and hours of operation for curbside pick-up.
 
New phone number for Ocee Library: 404-613-6840
Curbside Pick-up Hours:
Mon-Tue -- 10:00 - 7:00
Wed-Sat  -- 10:00 - 4:00

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

So Long As I Can Read

While the following photo and excerpt are miles and years away, in some respects little has changed...
'More than 80 percent of South Dakota’s population lived in rural areas in the 1930s. These households suffered immensely from drought, dust storms, grasshopper infestations, and falling crop prices. Most homes had no running water, electricity, central heating, or telephone service. Farm women spent an average of sixty-six hours a week working, according to a 1930 state survey. In addition to childcare and housework, they did outdoor work on their farms and sometimes worked for wages, too.

But to advocates for women’s welfare, it was crucial that farm women took time to read.

“Every women, no matter how hard she must work, must pause at times for recreation, even though it may be only an occasional evening or Sunday afternoon,” Dagney Hinderaker, a women’s club leader from Astoria, South Dakota, wrote. “They will be more refreshed and have more things to think about if they will sit down and read.” '


For the rest of librarian Lisa Lindell's article click here.

Johns Creek Books & Gifts

If you're looking for physical books while libraries are closed, our community partners at Johns Creek Books can help. The independent bookstore offers curbside pickup and is currently open for in-store shopping. Please visit their website for new hours and additional information.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Ramble On

Being outside is good for both our physical and mental health. With restrictions being lessened some and the unofficial start of summer, outdoor spaces filled to "BC" capacity this weekend. If this leaves you feeling uncomfortable, WildSam has curated a list of 50 books that will pull you into the landscapes of America - from the safety of a lawn chair on your deck or balcony.


by D.J. Waldie (1996)
“The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem larger.”

Class of 2020

Closeup of the 2020 tassel on a black graduation cap
Graduates, we offer you consolation. This is not the final semester you deserved. We also send you congratulations for all you've achieved and wishes for every success in the future!

Open Letter to Duke Class of 2020
Not All Right and That's OK

What Day Is It!?

Todd Meany will tell you what day it is.
Was surprised to see I'd gone several weeks without posting! Seems it's normal to lose track of time these days. Here's a few articles about 'corona time': What Day...?No Hours or DaysLosing Track

Guns N' Roses New Kids Book

James Patterson is teaming up with Guns N' Roses for a children's picture book! The September release will “follow a child’s wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us – from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain”. Sweet Child O’Mine “celebrates love and music, and how they bring us together in the sweetest ways”.
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns n’ Roses.

Congratulations, Jericho

Jericho Brown, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Atlanta's Emory University, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry on May 4 for his most recent collection, “The Tradition.”

The Pulitzer Prize Board described Brown’s winning poems as “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.”

"Taps"

One of the sounds of  Memorial Day is the somber bugle tune "Taps" to honor the fallen of war.
Trim words to Taps
There are no official lyrics to the tune, but here are some popular ones:

Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,
May the Soldier or Sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

National Nurses Week!

Nurses Week | University of Maryland School of Nursing

Show our nurses your appreciation by staying home as much as possible. If you must be out practice ''social distancing", wear a mask, and wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

National Nurses Week begins 6 May and ends 12 May which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to commemorate the 200th birthday of Miss Nightingale.

The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage by 203o.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Day 5/5" | National Teacher Appreciation Week ...

Special thanks to Family and Consumer Science teachers!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Novel

adjective. of a new and unusual kind; different from anything seen or known before.
__________________________________________________

As people begin to recover from the novel Coronavirus, we're learning the scope of this infection. Barry Mangione shares his experience on facebook .

"I want to hopefully shed some light amid the confusion. There is a continuum of COVID19 in between 'you die' and 'you get over it and return to normal.' Today is day 31 for me. I tested negative on day 27. Yesterday out of nowhere, I was hit with crippling fatigue and chills. My cough is almost gone, and I've been fever-free for two weeks, but when it comes to COVID19, testing negative doesn't mean it's over. For all who talk about wanting it to spread among the healthy to encourage 'herd immunity,' let me ask you: if you get sick with COVID19, how do you know how sick you'll get? I'm a healthy 50 year old with no underlying medical conditions...devoted to developing and maintaining mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I'm a pediatric physical therapist. I work in homecare with infants and toddlers. Prior to COVID19, I would travel to people's homes and work with up to ten children a day for 30 minutes each. Prior to COVID19, I struggled with insomnia, but I could still get up after a nearly sleepless night and rock my day job. Now, I can get a full night's sleep and be wiped out after doing a couple of telehealth sessions with kids via Zoom.

I talk to other COVID19 survivors who still experience symptoms after 30, even 40 days, symptoms like kidney pain, fevers, coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, circulation problems, loss of smell, loss of taste, body aches, rashes, back pain...

This is not an all-or-nothing virus. It's not 'you die' or 'you don't die.' When we see the numbers of people who've 'recovered from COVID19' posted to illustrate how it's not that bad, those numbers don't take the lingering health issues and symptoms into account.

Please think about this when you question social distancing. Please think about this when you question wearing a mask in public. Ask yourself, 'Can I be sick for over a month or more? Can I deal with the uncertainty of when or if this sickness will go away if I get it?'

I'm not looking for sympathy or trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to diminish the memories of those who've died or the pain felt by their loved ones. I grieve for them all. What I hope I'm doing is giving you another tool in addition to gloves, masks, and social distancing to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and all of us safe and healthy: knowledge that this is real, knowledge that we don't know enough about it yet, and that the continuum of COVID19 is more complicated than dead versus 'recovered.'

Please stay safe, my friends."

Visions of Alice

Lewis Carroll chose 4 May to release "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as it was Alice Liddell's birthday. She turned 13 in 1865 - 155 years ago. 

Alice Liddell - 1858

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - 1864
  
Bessie Pease Gutmann -1907

For more visions of Alice and Wonderland visit here.



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Free YA Audiobooks!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens, a yearly summer audiobook program for teens 13 years old and up, is back in its 11th season to offer free audiobooks weekly beginning April 30 until July 29. Interested participants from all over the world—not just from the U.S.—get two free audiobook downloads per week which they can keep even after the program is over. Anyone (not just teens) who might be interested in young adult audiobooks is welcome to join.

Click here for more information and their summer release schedule. You can also sign up for Book Riot's YA newsletter and there's a link to several other websites that offer free audiobooks. 

Earth Alive

For the world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air.    -Tolkien

A woman sits on the ground, leaning against a pine. Its bark presses hard against her back, as hard as life. Its needles scent the air and a force hums in the heart of the wood. Her ears tune down to the lowest frequencies. The tree is saying things, in words before words. -Norton

Lit Hub has compiled a list of 13 books where the Earth is a central character. The list includes a quote, a summary, and links to interviews and excerpts.

Pantry Staples

NYPL Research Librarian has listed several books about the histories of some of our pantry favorites-
Cover of Of Sugar and Snow   Cover of Economics of Beer 
  The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking   Meanings and Memories

#bookcoverdouble

The New York Public Library has asked its readers to recreate their favorite book covers!
"We know many New Yorkers are looking for projects and distractions right now, and the #BookCoverDouble challenge is one of our answers," said NYPL spokeswoman Angela Montefinise. "It's fun to see all of the creative participation, and it connects our communities around books and reading. We're also hoping that while New Yorkers raid their bookshelves looking for the right covers they're inspired to do some reading."

Novel Virus Novel

Journalist Bill Grueskin asked Twitter “What’s the first sentence of the best novel that will be written about this epidemic?”

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a COVID-19 test, a reliable and prompt food-delivery service, a full Netflix queue, and a 48-pack of Charmin. (@rapoportmike)

At first we noticed the birds. Maybe they had always been there, maybe it was just the spring migration, but in any case their cheery calls filled the space normally claimed by the metallic roaring of the morning commute. (@Myrmecos)

We carried it in our hands, laying it on doorknobs and cans of beans, there was no smell of death, no taste, when we brought it to our lips and thus unaware, we breathed the killer in, and out. (@gotaimnow)

Ah, toilet roll. I remember that cylindrical delight, that teasing promise of sanitation, that wondrous, plump, cushioning comfort like a dream you can’t quite recall but feel its essence. Thank God I never liked my curtains. (@flatpackcat)


Find more submissions here along with Grueskin's winner.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Julie Andrews New Podcast


With shelter in place orders in effect and school sclosed for the foreseeable future, Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, will release six episodes of the program, Julie’s Library ahead of schedule. The first episode in the series will be made available on April 29 and the subsequent five episodes will be released each week thereafter.

The podcast, which is aimed at audiences age 4–10. Book readings will be mixed with conversation with guests and vocabulary words selected by children.


The Academy Award winning actress has authored 30+ plus books for young readers - some co-authored by her daughter. Visit AFPLS on-line to access Andrew's work!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Equinox

EQUINOX

Tonight summer comes to a world remade.
Streets are carless. Silence treads the roads.
The sky is clear for a red kite sailing,
flamboyant, his flame ablaze on blue,
his wings and the fork of his tail
flexing on the wind.

Miles above in the high air over the fields,
over the flights of rooks, crows, gulls,
over the cities, the clouds, the atmosphere,
in the vault of heaven the ozone layer clears
of particulates, of nitrogen dioxide,
and we can breathe again.

Listen! in this clean new silence
that is not silent: birdsong,
a small wind in the trees,
the fall of a petal, an opening leaf,
a page turning,
your breath, mine.

GILLIAN CLARKE
Blaen Cwrt, Ceredigion: 28 March 2020


Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Metropolitan University/Manchester Writing School are bringing together poets from around the world to chronicle the COVID-19 pandemic in the WRITE Where We Are NOW project.

Go to Yale University

One of Yale's most popular classes, "Science of Happiness" has been made available free on-line. Learn more here. Or read the Tao Of Pooh (and Te of Piglet) by Benjamin Hoff.

"Religions, sciences, and business ethics have tried their hardest to convince us that there is a Great Reward waiting for us somewhere and that what we have to do is spend our lives working like lunatics to catch up with it," he writes.

"A way of life that keeps saying, 'Around the next corner, above the next step,' works against the natural order of things and makes it so difficult to be happy."

Celebrate Earth Day!

This year marks Earth Day's 50th anniversary. Considering where we are this day, we seemed to have missed a few lessons on caring for our planet. While gatherings have been cancelled due to COVID-19, people are celebrating on-line.

Earth Day Live - a 3 day on-line event!

This USA Today article has lots of info and links.

Newsweek highlights the ways the pandemic has impacted the environment.

The Verge lists numerous on-line events.

The Sierra Club offers great articles and resources about the environment.

CNN reports on the benefits of nature and how you can enjoy the outdoors at this time. They also include links to animal livestreams.

NASA

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Please take time to learn what you can do for the planet and all its beings. Earth Day needs to be every day.

We Hold the Earth

We hold the Earth

We hold everyone who suffers from storms and droughts intensified by climate change. 

We hold all species that suffer. 

We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life. 

We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions. 

We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community. 

We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . . so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of all living beings and truthfully say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children. 

May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life.
                                                                                            Interfaith Power and Light

Monday, April 20, 2020

Same Storm, Different Boats

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
For some that live alone, they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment, some are bringing in more money to their households than when they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.
Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk, and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near-death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.
                                                                                                                   -Unknown author

Zoom Libraries

So many Zoom meetings while we're sheltering in place! If you'd rather keep your home work space private, Library Journal offers backgrounds featuring libraries from Baltimore to Helsinki to Prague to your own neighborhood!
   

 

National Library Week

The theme for National Library Week 2020, "Find your place at the library," was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine the emergence of a global pandemic that would force most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. But you can still find your place at the library because libraries are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content their communities need more than ever. You can access ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more — all from the comfort of your home.

This year during National Library Week, let’s celebrate by showing our appreciation for the many innovative ways libraries, librarians and library workers are continuing to serve their communities during a time of crisis.


- American Library Association

Friday, April 17, 2020

Mondays with Michelle

By Emma Kantor |

In an effort to spread cheer and promote literacy among families that are sheltering in place during the pandemic, Michelle Obama is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids to launch a weekly read-aloud series. Beginning on April 20 at noon ET and running through May 11, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will feature the former First Lady of the United States reading live from favorite picture books on the PBS Kids Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Michelle Obama said in a statement, “At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).”

The program, which is in support of Penguin Random House’s new “Read Together, Be Together” campaign and PBS Kids’s “Read-Along” initiative, will also include literacy activities, tips, and resources for each of the books featured on “Mondays with Michelle Obama.”

The schedule is as follows:
April 20 at noon: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler
April 27 at noon: There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illus. by Greg Abbott
May 4 at noon: Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
May 11 at noon: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Let Evening Come

Jane Kenyon - 1947-1995

Let the light of late afternoon 
shine through chinks in the barn, moving 
up the bales as the sun moves down. 

Let the cricket take up chafing 
as a woman takes up her needles 
and her yarn. Let evening come. 

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned 
in long grass. Let the stars appear 
and the moon disclose her silver horn. 

Let the fox go back to its sandy den. 
Let the wind die down. Let the shed 
go black inside. Let evening come. 

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop 
in the oats, to air in the lung 
let evening come. 

Let it come, as it will, and don't 
be afraid. God does not leave us 
comfortless, so let evening come.

From Otherwise: New & Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon, published by Graywolf Press. Copyright © 1996 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon.

Glad Tidings

Shop "Faith, Hope, Love" Poster Print - On Sale - Overstock - 23573500

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

"The Shows Must Go On"

Jesus Christ Superstar • US TourAndrew Lloyd-Webber announced a new youtube channel that will show stage-to-screen Broadway musicals. There'll be a new offering every Friday. This week's show is "Jesus Christ Superstar" - 10 April/Good Friday (NBC will also re-air "JCS" 10 April). Theater tickets can be expensive, so this is a great opportunity to see a show! It's a fantastic way to introduce kids to stage productions, too!

Be a Hero

...and stay home to protect our healthcare workers! They are super heros, but are sadly not immune to COVID-19.

As healthcare workers care for patients with COVID-19, they commit themselves to difficult, draining work and also put themselves at risk of infection. Thousands have tested positive with the virus and at least 150 have died - including one in Georgia.


EMS, police and fire are also at increased risk.

Read what first responders are facing every day at Newsweek
Medscape (in Memoriam), WaPo, and BBC.  


FAKE's new mural "Super Nurse" available for free download ...
"Super Nurse"  - free download

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

'Keeping Quiet'

A reading of the following poem is available at Brainpickings


KEEPING QUIET
by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.


Every single poem in Extravagaria is rewarding beyond words, beyond time. Complement it with Neruda’s beautiful metaphor of the hand through the fence and the story of his extraordinary life adapted in an illustrated love letter to language, then revisit Paul Goodman on the nine types of silence and the lovely The Quiet Book.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Local Independent Bookstores

Our friends at Johns Creek Books and Gifts have done a great job of supporting Ocee library during library renovations. Let's return the favor! Currently JCBG is offering curbside pickup and on-line ordering. Please contact them at: 770-696-9999 or johnscreekbooks@gmail.com

Read It Again is also operating on modified terms.

"Lean on Me"

Soul legend Bill Withers passed this week of heart complications at age 81. 
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Bill WITHERS; Posed portrait of Bill Withers  (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

Rolling Stone reports "the three-time Grammy winner released just eight albums before walking away from the spotlight in 1985, but he left an incredible mark on the music community and the world at large. Songs like “Lean On Me,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Lovely Day” are embedded in the culture and have been covered countless times. While many of Withers’ biggest songs were recorded in the Seventies, they have proven to be timeless hits. “Lean on Me” emerged once again in recent weeks as an anthem of hope and solidarity in the time of COVID-19."

(Videos of several hits are embedded in the article. Take a listen - you'll be glad you did!)

Goodnight with Dolly

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is excited to present Dolly Parton’s new weekly read-aloud video series called “Goodnight with Dolly”. The Book Lady sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families.

“Goodnight with Dolly” launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them. Dolly said,

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think."

What Pets Read

The New York Public Library asked its staff if their pets could read what would they be reading now...
  dog wearing glasses
Aragon dreams of starting a business selling dog treats, tennis balls, and fire hydrants. He checked out The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business by Michael E. Gerber with his library card (proudly displayed in the picture), and is reading it while #stayingathome during this time. —Helena E., Business Center

Visit the link above to see what Domino, Anais, Gandolf, and other NYPL pets recommend!

Banishing Charm on Boredom

Everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic and they've introduced Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ocee Yoga on youtube

Ocee's fantastic yoga instructor sent the following!

"We are all seeking to re-connect with people and activities we love and miss.
Thus my inspiration for creating an online energy yoga class for you. The address is
https://youtu.be/khhi5m94pk0.
You can also go to You Tube and look for Energy Yoga Patricia Gagne.
Posted March 29, 2020.

I invite you to prepare by finding yourself a quiet spot where you can sit peacefully and also move around joyfully. Then follow the instructions and participate! Don't just watch!!!"

Monday, March 30, 2020

Gershwin and Garth

"The Gershwin Prize -- named for the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin -- is awarded yearly to a living musical artist, in recognition of their "lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding." Says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, "Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music. During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people.”


The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was established in 2007. Its previous recipients include Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carole King and 
Willie Nelson. The 58-year-old Brooks is the youngest recipient ever.

Check local PBS channels for the 3 May ceremony/concert.

Thanks!

A big thank you to 

  • health care workers and first responders
  • store clerks and order pickers
  • truck drivers and mail carriers
  • utilities and sanitation workers
  • teachers
  • AFPLS staff keeping the library running on-line
  • all the good Samaritans in our community

Pepys' Plague - 1665

'In the weeks ahead, Lapham's Quarterly will feature voices from the past who told stories that rhyme with the one unfolding before us—stories dealing with quarantine, unfathomable deaths, isolation, dread, and attempts to find community when the rest of the world feels far away.

It’s likely that nearly a hundred thousand people—a quarter of London—died during the Great Plague of 1665. Transmitted by flea-covered rats, the bubonic plague started with a fever, and its victims then erupted in boils on their groins, their armpits, seemingly anywhere uncomfortable for an abscess to appear. People usually died within a week of contracting the bacterial infection, vomiting up bile and blood until they expired. Thirty-two-year-old Samuel Pepys watched the plague ravage London, dutifully recording how the city emptied as he continued to work, socialize, and dream of assignations.' Read his diary here.


Captain Underpants to the Rescue

Dav Pilkey’s words and drawings have entered the imaginations of millions of children. Now the bestselling author of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series will be welcoming readers inside his mind through Dav Pilkey at Home, a collaboration between the author, the Library of Congress, and Scholastic. Get more details here!

Light

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Friday, March 27, 2020

States of Love


The New York Times has compiled a list of stories about love - in all its forms - from each of our 50 states. From Maine (Colony - Anne River Siddons) to California (Daughter of Fortune - Isabel Allende) you're sure to find a story you'll love. Quite a few on the list have been made into movies.

To Read During...

TIME offers some suggestions on what to read during 'lockdown' from books about epidemics (Love in the Time of Cholera) to solitude (Walden) to 'escapist thrillers, fantasies and super fun books' (Harry Potter series) and more. 
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