June 30, 2010

Library Lending for the Internet Age -- √ Check it Out!

Alternate link to video

Like it or not, the times they are a changin'! Internet Archive, the group that brought us The Way Back Machine to keep track of content on the Internet, is just starting to explore the idea of lending ebooks, via archive.org.

The first 2:24 minutes of the video above is a segment that explains the idea, and the article linked below offers food for thought on the subject, including the always hot topic of copyright infringement.

Libraries Have a Novel Idea by Geoffrey A. Fowler, of the Wall Street Journal


June 22, 2010


♪♩Summertime, and the readin' is easy ♪♩ ...

Stumbled on this timeless gem as I gather my resources to write an article for The Golden Key, a Hawaii school library journal.

Ballade of the Bookworme by Andrew Lang

Far in the Past I peer, and see
A Child upon the Nursery floor,
A Child with books upon his knee,
Who asks, like Oliver, for more!
The number of his years is IV,
And yet in Letters hath he skill,
How deep he dives in Fairy-lore!
The Books I loved, I love them still!
One gift the Fairies gave me: (Three
They commonly bestowed of yore)
The Love of Books, the Golden Key
That opens the Enchanted Door;
Behind it Bluebeard lurks, and o'er
And o'er doth Jack his Giants kill,
And there is all Aladdin's store,--
The Books I loved, I love them still!
Take all, but leave my Books to me!
These heavy creels of old we bore
We fill not now, nor wander free,
Nor wear the heart that once we wore;
Not now each River seems to pour
His waters from the Muses' hill;
Though something's gone from stream and shore,
The Books I loved, I love them still!

Image source: http://www.cedargrove.k12.nj.us/south/3eweb/bookworm2.gif
Poem source: The Literature Network

June 3, 2010

The New Yorker Picks 20 Young Writers Under 40

Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Anytime a reading list is created, there's potential for controversy -- why her/him? Why not (fill in the blank)?

In any case, here's The New Yorker's list of 20 authors, all under the age of 40, who show promise. You might find your next compelling read here!

The New Yorker Picks Young Writers Worth Watching