Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 -
MEXICO CITY (AP) â” Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family.
What was your favorite Garcia Marquez novel?
Libraries Test a Model for Setting Monographs Free – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education -
Interesting new model proposal for open access to digitized books!
The Roof of This Sloped Library Doubles as an Awesome Slide -
Imagine how much easier it would be to get kids excited about going to the library if the library itself doubled as a playground. That’s exactly what’s happened in an earthquake-ravaged village in China’s Yunnan Province. The town’s new library doubles as a community center with a slide on top. And it’s beautiful.
In Vermont, even dogs get excited for the Bookwagon!
Happy National Bookmobile Day!
From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.
On the outside:
this is also my response to snapped fingers, whistles, and waves from halfway across the room. If you are not physically challenged, get up and come to the desk like a civilized person!
Word to that patron:: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Librarian Job Posting Has Specific Harry Potter Requirements -
The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Principal Librarian. From the job description that sounds like a library director position. Most of the requirements are fairly typical, such as at least 5 years of supervisory experience. But one could be a potential disqualifier. You can’t be like Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series:This job has nothing to do with being that severe authority figure wandering the hallways of your elementary school.
"I’m studying to be a librarian."
"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"
"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."
Boston Public Library hosts exhibit marking anniversary of marathon bombings -
BOSTON — After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon last April, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to honor the victims of the attacks.Some left teddy bears, signs and marathon bibs while others draped running sneakers to commemorate the 3 people killed and more than 260 injured during the April 15 attacks. A cross was set up for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer fatally shot three days later amid a search for the bombing suspects..
To mark the anniversary of the bombings, the material will be curated into an exhibit called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial.” It will be hosted by the Boston Public Library now through May 11.
Curious about our hot-off-the-presses digital newspaper resource, Brooklyn Newsstand? Did you know it offers the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper from 1841 - 1955? Learn more about this site and how to use it at one of our upcoming workshops, in the Info Commons Lab on the first floor of the Central Library. No advance registration required.
Did you know that Walt Whitman served as editor from 1846 to 1848? A cool idea that other public libraries should try with their local newspapers.
Have you ever wondered which words receive the highest number of search requests on Oxford Dictionaries? -
This is a question that we’re often asked, and the results are interesting and sometimes amusing. So we’ve put together an interactive diagram showing the 75 most popular search terms for the past three months. What do you think the most searched-for word is?
It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding. —
Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)
chocolate is always good …
I’ll take tequila.
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2013 -
With ten categories altogether, these book prizes can dig deep, so that authors have a better chance of being celebrated and readers don’t just get more but also more specific reading suggestions.Ozeki’s well-earned win for a work that’s at once meditative and topical should bring more readers to her fold, yet with the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Bulawayo can also shine with her child’s-eye view of culture clash. Meanwhile, giving a mystery/thriller award outside the standard genre arena acknowledges that quality writing happens everywhere, and Rowling, who published The Cuckoo’s Calling pseudonymously as Galbraith, gets some nice recognition after the hubbub created by her subsequent outing.
Speaking of literary prizes, check out the winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
2014 Pulitzer Prize goes to 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt -
Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel “The Goldfinch,” published by Little, Brown, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. On Twitter, the Columbia University School of Journalism , which announces the awards, had a slip of the finger in its announcement, at first tweeting that the winner was ” The Goldfish .”
— Have your holds increased? We weren’t big fans of Tartt’s latest at LJ, but somebody on the Pulitzer Prize committee loved THE GOLDFINCH.
http://t.co/j6ye0P2oYW - The Goldfinch - http://t.co/OWfx40bNRj So Tartt won the Pulitzer. But why? We’re scratching heads at @ljreviews.— Wilda Williams (@willywaldo)April 14, 2014
“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”
On April 14th, 1939 Viking Press published The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
Happy 75th birthday to a classic!