1. penguinlibrary:

librarylinknj:

icatmeme:

My local rescue has a program called Book Buddies where kids read to sheltered cats to keep them from being lonely.

So many libraries offer Read To A Dog events, why not Read to A Cat. Also, Happy Monday. Kitties! Squee!

Our Monday has officially been brightened.

Happy Monday!

    penguinlibrary:

    librarylinknj:

    icatmeme:

    My local rescue has a program called Book Buddies where kids read to sheltered cats to keep them from being lonely.

    So many libraries offer Read To A Dog events, why not Read to A Cat. Also, Happy Monday. Kitties! Squee!

    Our Monday has officially been brightened.

    Happy Monday!

  2. wwnorton:

    Norton is sad to learn of the death of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. In addition to his storied career in music, he published two books with us at Norton: Everybody Says Freedom and Where Have All THe Flowers Gone. He will be missed.

    We reviewed Everybody Says Freedom in LJ 3/1/90:

    Taking its title from a song used in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, this narrative scrapbook is illustrated with music and words to three dozen songs (“We Shall Overcome” is not among them). Profiles of 15 people active in the movement, anecdotes about many others, and a chronological outline/commentary on events from 1955 to 1968 are linked by the songs, which are presented as having one or two voice lines, usually, with chords suggested for harmony. The authors hope the songs will be sung as reminders of their past power and for use in the future as “brothers, sisters, all: climb Jacob’s Ladder,” with new words for new populist causes. For general collections.— Bonnie Jo Dopp, Dist. of Columbia P.L.

  3. picadorbookroom:

    Today, January 27th, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. There’s a wealth of information available about the horrors of the Holocaust, but this reading list of six powerful books is a good place to start.

    The Exiles Return
    by Elisabeth de Waal

    Set in the ashes of post-second world war Vienna, The Exiles Return is a powerful, subtle novel of exiles returning home fifteen years after fleeing Hitler’s deadly reign. With immaculate precision and sensitivity, de Waal, an exile herself, captures a city rebuilding and relearning its identity, and the people who have to do the same. de Waal has written a masterpiece of European literature, an artifact revealing a moment in our history, clear as a snapshot, but timeless as well.

    The Hare with Amber Eyes
    by Edmund de Waal

    When Edmund de Waal inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive. And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

    The Pianist
    by Wladyslaw Szpilman

    On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor live on the radio as shells exploded outside—so loudly that he couldn’t hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw: That day, a German bomb hit the station, and Polish Radio went off the air.

    Though he lost his entire family, Szpilman survived in hiding. In the end, his life was saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin Nocturne on a piano found among the rubble. Written immediately after the war and suppressed for decades, The Pianist is a stunning testament to human endurance and the redemptive power of fellow feeling.

    Night
    by Elie Wiesel

    Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

    Anne Frank
    by Melissa Muller

    Praised as “remarkable,” “meticulous,” and “long overdue,” Anne Frank: The Biography, originally published in 1998, still stands as the definitive account of the girl who has become “the human face of the Holocaust.” For this nuanced portrait of her famous subject, biographer Melissa Müller drew on exclusive interviews with family and friends as well as on previously unavailable correspondence, even, in the process, discovering five missing diary pages. Full of revelations, Müller’s richly textured narrative returned Anne Frank to history, portraying the flesh-and-blood girl unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting.

    Now, fifteen years after the book first appeared, much new information has come to light: letters sent by Otto Frank to relatives in America as he sought to emigrate with his family, the identity of other suspects involved in the betrayal of the Franks, and important details about the family’s arrest and subsequent fate. Revised and updated with more than thirty percent new material, this is an indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

    The Emperor of Lies
    by Steve Sem-Sandberg

    In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second-largest Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Lódz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director. From one of Scandinavia’s most critically acclaimed and bestselling authors, The Emperor of Lies chronicles the tale of Rumkowski’s monarchical rule over a quarter million Jews. Driven by a titanic ambition, he sought to transform the ghetto into a productive industrial complex and strove to make it —and himself — indispensable to the Nazi regime. Drawing on the chronicles of life in the Lódz Ghetto, Steve Sem-Sandberg captures the full panorama of human resilience and asks the most difficult questions: Was Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an accessory to the Nazi regime driven by a lust for power? Or was he a pragmatic strategist who managed to save Jewish lives through his collaboration policies?

  4. strandbooks:

Yes.
theparisreview:

As the Northeast is battered by “Winter Storm Hercules”—a nor’easter all but destined to enter Wikipedia’s list of notable nor’easters—one public library has provided succor, sort of. In Hopkinton, Massachusetts, a redditor came across this sign; to its great credit, it suggests neither burning books, nor reading erotica aloud, nor any other heat-generating gimmickry. Rather, it stands as a stark, charmingly blunt reminder that though literature may warm the soul, it will never warm the body.

    strandbooks:

    Yes.

    theparisreview:

    As the Northeast is battered by “Winter Storm Hercules”—a nor’easter all but destined to enter Wikipedia’s list of notable nor’easters—one public library has provided succor, sort of. In Hopkinton, Massachusetts, a redditor came across this sign; to its great credit, it suggests neither burning books, nor reading erotica aloud, nor any other heat-generating gimmickry. Rather, it stands as a stark, charmingly blunt reminder that though literature may warm the soul, it will never warm the body.

  5. Works I Am Thankful For | Wyatt’s World →

    The season of “best” books is upon us, bringing reminders of the books we loved, meant to read, still want to read, or somehow missed. Library Journal recently published its list of top picks (see LJ‘s Best Books 2013: Top Ten), and everyone from the New York Times to several American Library Association (ALA) divisions will soon follow suit (look for the announcements of The Reading List, The Notable Books List, and the Listen List, among others, on January 26).

    Matching the idea of best books to the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, here are five (of the many) titles published in 2013 for which I am grateful.

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    What books are you thankful for?  I am grateful for J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring trilogy, which I reread every summer to escape my miserable teenage life, and Julia Child’s The Way to Cook, my bible for all things culinary.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  6. Bookshelfies →

    Tumblarians, meet “Bookshelfies” — the new Tumblr dedicated to selfies taken in front of your bookshelves.

  7. The Alternative Libraries of New York - ANIMAL by 

  8. Public welcomes Liverpool’s £50m library - Place North West
What a set of staircases!

    Public welcomes Liverpool’s £50m library - Place North West

    What a set of staircases!

  9. What LJ and SLJ Staff Are Reading:

    Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJWords in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam by Cristin O’Keefe & Francesca Lia Block’s I Was a Teenage Fairy.

    Shelley Diaz, Associate Editor, SLJ: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.

    Kate DiGirolomo, Editorial Assistant, LJ: Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies.

    Josh Hadro, Executive Editor, LJKraken by China Miéville.

    Stephanie Klose, Media Editor, LJ:Catriona McPherson’s Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains.

    Molly McArdle, Assistant Book Review Editor, LJ: Marilynne Robinson’s Home.

    Chelsey Philpot, Associate Book Review Editor, SLJ: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Flappers and Philosophers as well as A LOT of new June and July YA novels.

    Meredith Schwartz, News Editor, LJ: Suzanne Joinson’s The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind.

    Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Reviews Editor, LJ: Suzanne Joinson’s  A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar & Pól Ó Murchú’s A Grammar of Modern Irish.

    Wilda Willams, Fiction Editor, LJ: Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

  10. bookporn:

You say potatoe, I say potato.

Yep.

    bookporn:

    You say potatoe, I say potato.

    Yep.

  11. Five Great Things Libraries Are Doing With Old Books | LJ Insider

    Library book sales (and their descendants, such as Better World Books) are a great institution, but they’re not the only thing libraries can do—or help their patrons do—with obsolete titles besides the dumpster. Here are five creative reuses from real libraries.

    1. Turning them into New Books

      In Richmond, VA, The People’s Library is a collaborative art project to create 100 handmade books of personal history. The Richmond Public Library helped collect discarded books to be recycled into paper, then bound into books with prompts inside them. They’ll be added to the library’s permanent collection, and patrons can check them out and respond to the prompts.

    2. Turning them into Art

      In Bath, England, the library found a new use for weeded books that don’t sell. Patrons collect a book and turn it into an art contest entrywith the help, if they like, of a series of library workshops. The resulting art projects are exhibited at the central library and online and the public votes for their favorites; the winner in each category receives a free ereader.

    3. Fixing Them

      For 40 years, Georgia’s Hall County Library System has partnered with the National Library Bindery to restore old books and Biblesbelonging to library patrons. Repairs take about two months, and patrons are charged for the service.

    4. Turning Them Into Furniture

      An oldie but a goodie: a reference desk made of books in a Dutch library.

    5. Turning Them into Fundraisers

      Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, upcycles old books and media into crafts and sells the results.

  12. Why Did It Happen? Books to Help Kids Cope with Tragedy | School Library Journal →

    kishizuka:

    A select list by SLJ’s book review team created after the Newtown tragedy - sadly, an appropriate resource once again.

  13. Preach, Carl Sagan.

    (Source: kitten-little)

  14. Goodreads is joining the Amazon family →

    booksyarnink:

    Holy crap.

    HOLY CRAP IS RIGHT

  15. In Defense of Books

    jasonwdean:

    Tumblarians!

    I am writing a rough draft of some of my thoughts on books (especially rare books) and libraries thinking about how the book as a special physical object is a bit lost in all the digital noise, and would love some collaboration on this around your  (and my) ideas. If you’d like to contribute, or want more information, let me know!

    Interested?

    Signal boost.