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Monday, May 4, 2015

When it comes to books, libraries and publishers should be in it together, argues a leading marketing expert

Publishers are running out of space. Not in their headquarters, some of which are larger and more imposing than ever, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all. So the question is, where can publishers showcase new books? If only there were a space dedicated primarily to reading that hundreds of millions of Americans visit annually. If only there existed a trusted space, free of the revenue pressure that necessitates displaying lightly pornographic books of debatable quality. If only there were a space largely inhabited by active readers, where publishers could showcase new authors or shine new light on talented mid-listers.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Baltimore Libraries Stay Open Through Riots, Because ‘The Community Needs Us’

All library locations, including those at the epicenter of the riots, are welcoming patrons today.  by kat rosenfield 4/28/2015

You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay open, providing a hub of comfort and community to all Baltimore neighborhoods, including the ones most affected by the mayhem.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” library Director of Communications Roswell Encina told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

RHCB Ups First Print Run on New Seuss to 1 Million

What Pet Should I Get?Random House Children’s Books has increased its first printing on What Pet Should I Get?, a new picture book by the late Dr. Seuss, from 500,000 to 1 million. The book, which goes on sale July 28, was first announced in February, after the unpublished manuscript was rediscovered by Seuss's (given name, Ted Geisel), widow, Audrey Geisel, and his longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott, in fall 2013.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Rally around reading: Scholastic study shows how to get kids to read more, and why

  More Content NowBy Melissa Erickson
Posted Apr. 7, 2015 at 10:15 PM 

Studies show that the more kids read, the better they read and the more pleasure they get out of reading. So how can you get your kids to read more? Scholastic recently released the fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report, and it offers insight on how to get students reading and some surprising facts.
Providing encouragement and time “both in school and at home for children of all ages to enjoy books they choose to read will help them discover the power and joy of reading,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic. “These tactics will also help to motivate kids to read more books, which will improve their skills and open a world of possibilities for them in the future.”
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Monday, April 20, 2015

10 tips to learn from a creative writing lecturer

Image result for creative writingSome people enjoy writing for the sake of it, while others want to develop and improve. If you fall into the latter category then read this. A creative writing lecturer and published author with a new novel The Dark Light out in July 2015, Julia Bell is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on creative writing. Here, she shares with us the top ten pieces of advice she gives her students at the start of each year.   Sometimes as a teacher you feel like you’re trapped in a groundhog day, repeating the same pieces of advice every year, just to a different cohort of students, although as I get older and more forgetful perhaps I’m just repeating myself and students are being too polite to call me on it. In any given year these are the pointers about writing good prose – novels and stories – that I find myself saying over and over, but they are also in themselves, light bulb moments from my own practice as writer.   (Read the Rest)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Top 10 historical fiction titles for youth

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Harper Lee Declared Fit to Publish

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As the Times noted, state officials began the investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed claiming that Lee, who resides in an assisted living facility in the town of Monroeville, was coerced into the publishing deal forWatchman, which Harper acquired in February.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Case For Libraries

Saturday, April 4, 2015

50 Books to Read Before You Die

This is a list of books that can be found on a stainless steel bookmark available in most book stores. A great gift item for the book lover in your life. Fifty classic literary works from the world's great writers listed on a stainless steel bookmark. The only decision left to make is which order to read them in!
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How many have you read?