Cites & Bytes @ Bailey
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Relax This Weekend...
in your bookshelf bathtub.
Another in the Boing Boing series of interesting bookshelves....
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Get a free Children's Book Week poster here... Vote here for the first Children's Choice Book Awards... and Celebrate May 12-18!
From Librarian Judy Silva, beautiful children's books from the Prange Digital Children's Book Collection, 8,000 books published in Japan between 1945 and 1949...
Some are still talking about what type of book should be on your bookshelf, read or unread....
NPR reports on social networking and bibliophilia (not as dirty as it sounds)...
Watch National Library Week videos here... This one celebrates the 7.2 million reference questions answered by librarians weekly and they are very funny... like "would you take a look at this rash?" and "how do you spell one?" and "what size ring would the Statue of Liberty wear?"
Blessings on Stephen A. Schwarzman, who just donated $100 million to the New York Public Library...
National Book Critics Circle awards have been announced...
Last but not least, check out LibraryThing Local, where you can track events, etc. at your favorite bookstores and libraries...
Wikipedia World 'O Fun...
Wikipedia alternatives are suggested by Beyond Wikipedia (sent by Librarian Lynn Hoffmann) and Newsweek points to The Revenge of the Experts, wherein professional vetting is sought. They cite about.com as an example of expert guides, but I have to tell you I am personally not all that impressed with those experts and their web sites are nightmares of usability.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
More Things About March...
Pioneering Anthropolgist: Alice Fletcher lives with the Sioux in 1881
Thursday, March 20, 2008
March is National Nutrition Month...
A Brief History:
Dr. Marcy Leeds has been dealing with issues of national and international hunger for more than ten years. She visited the
Calcium is mainly found in dairy products along with dark leafy greens and food with added calcium. Some dairy products include milk, cheese, and yogurt. Dairy products are essential because along with containing calcium, they also contain many other needed nutrients. These include protein, phosphorus, magnesium, and added vitamin D (in milk). Together, these nutrients help carry out fundamental processes needed in growing children and teens. Calcium is needed to help bones grow during children’s younger years and also to make the bones strong. If bones do not have adequate calcium, there is a higher risk of developing osteoporosis (brittle bones susceptible to bone breaks, usually seen in elderly women) later in life.
Want to Help?
Make a check payable to SRU Foundation “The Milk Fund” and send to
Dr. Marcy Leeds
Department of Health & Safety
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
- I was helping to register student voters at Boozel Dining Hall the other day (and apologies to any students I harassed... you really shouldn't let old people determine your future. Take it from an old person!) I learned a lot about voter registration that day from student activist Dan Klein...
- and Kutztown Library had voting information on their library blog yesterday. Thanks for motivating me, KU.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Recently Read by Brian Crow...
Thanks to Dr. Crow (Sport Management) for contributing a "recently read"! Now how about the rest of you?
Monday, March 17, 2008
So Many Books...
From Library Link of the Day: Shelter Me... Book Clubs for the Homeless
From Gawker: Spoiler Alert! The Best 100 Last Lines from Novels
From the Librarians Internet Index: The World A-Wheel, Early Cycling Books at the Lilly Library
From KidsLit: The Golden Kite Awards... Excellence in Literature for Children and Young Adults
From Librarian.net: Thirty Creative (and Awesome) Bookshelf Ideas and one more Bench with Bookshelves from Boing Boing
From Gawker: British Libraries Resist Change... or Corruption, Depending on Your Point of View
From Chicken Spaghetti: Eudora Welty's Childhood Reading
From the New York Times: Fake Authors Family Tree
From Boing Boing: Chasing After Book Thieves
From the Better World Books Newsletter....
Bailey Library at Slippery Rock University
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Recently Read Romantically...
I took a little turn into the romance world, infrequently traveled territory for me, over break and read the following:
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. Here's the thing... I like a good mystery and am pretty much in when it comes to Lady Emily this and Lord This-n-That so I was pleased to start reading this series about a conveniently widowed British noblewoman with no love for rigid Victorian society rules. I am not a fan, however, of the type of plotting that makes you want to scream at the main character for being so dense. Lord Hargreaves isn't a murderer, stupid, he's a rich hottie and seems to be in love with you for some inexplicable reason. It reminds me of soap opera plots that rely on a never ending series of misunderstandings. Or another of my least favorite plot devices, the woman who trips over a root while running away from monsters/killers, etc. Excuse me, I rant...
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander. That was so annoying that I read the second one in the series and liked it much better. Lady Emily is interested in studying classical culture and art and this time flirts with a cat burglar, who pops in and out of her boudoir with the regularity of a dutiful upstairs maid. But at least she and Lord Hargreaves have agreed to be engaged. The characters are kind of fun and Lady Emily's dragon of a mother softens a little in this volume. I'm actually planning on reading the next one, but I might hide it inside of a graphic novel or something.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. A ripping good historical novel, with its share of historical controversy of course, but I totally enjoyed the story of Mary Boleyn, the first sister to warm the bed of Henry VIII. I saw the movie shortly afterward and much preferred the book, which had a real flavor of dark, bloody conspiracies and desperation.
So, that sums up my brief foray into romance novels.... I'm currently reading Out by Natsuo Kirino, wherein a woman kills her husband and her three friends cut up the body and leave it all over Tokyo. Not so lovey-dovey.
Read any good books lately? The invitation is still out... send us your reviews and we will happily add you to the blog.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
The Arrival by Shaun Tan. An excellent graphic novel, mysterious and evocative. An immigrant (from where?) leaves his family and comes to America maybe? The artwork is off the hook... check it out, literally.
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements. Uber rich kid, neglected by his parents, makes a bad impression on his new rural school and then tries to correct his course. Survival elements involve a class trip, getting lost, etc. Hatchet fans might like this, but it lacks the thrill of that book's fast-paced action. The hero buys $1,100 worth of survival equipment online... I didn't feel the suspense of his dilemma.
In other search engine news, try these from AltSearchEngines...
Monday, March 03, 2008
Recently Read by Kathy Frampton...
My Recently Read
Come Blog With Me!
I would like to invite all interested parties... students, staff, faculty, administration, community members, passing strangers... to share your love of books and reading on our blog. I hope you may have read some of the past "Recently Read" postings and that's what we are looking for... a short review, a rave, a rant, a brief paragraph. Any type of book is welcome! If you would like to contribute, please contact me and I will post your response. Maybe we could even birth a brand new blog for book lovers!