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Book Review: The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon

April 24, 2015Colleen Tsironis 0

One of my fondest memories as a mom is sitting on the ground, with a boy in my lap, reading through an endless supply of board books.  Before they could speak, my kids would toddle over, book in hand, and just start backing up into my lap. There was always time for another story or six. Bedtime […]

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For the Love of a Book

September 15, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Kearney, recommended it to me and when I finished it that first time through I went back for more Mary Downing Hahn. But I loved none quite so much as Wait Till Helen Comes, that perennial favorite ghost story still in print nearly 30 years after it was first published. When, as an adult, I had the opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn, I knew I wanted that particular copy from my old elementary school library to take to her to sign. Memory is a funny thing and books—not just the words within them, but the specific combination of tree pulp and glue we’ve held in our hands—are sacred objects, and I wanted my copy, the one my small, eager hands had thumbed so many times, not a pristine version off the bookstore shelf with no yellowing pages, no cracked spine.

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Listen-alikes: The Readers’ Advisory for Audio

August 19, 2014Denine Del Balso 0

How many times have you fell head over spine in love with a book, sought out your local librarian, and requested their assistance in finding titles similar to the one you just read? This is what the library community refers to as readers’ advisory. As a recent audiophile, I want in on some of this advisory action.

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Audiobooks and Multitasking

July 29, 2014Marika Gofman 0

For those of us who like to think we are avid readers, yet barely find enough time in each day to eat, sleep, and work, the thought of reading for pleasure is hardly achievable. The perfect solution for checking books off your “To-Be-Read” list is listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are the perfect addition for the super busy person who lives and breathes by multi-tasking.

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