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At the Libraries: Books That Shaped America

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! *** Who went to ALA this year? Anaheim is a bit too far for me, but I’d love to hear some reports from folks who made it [...]

What’s Your All-Time Favorite Amazing Fact?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Besides the thing about John Tyler’s grandsons still being alive, my favorite fact is that the 3 Musketeers was originally [...]

Layaway Angels

Some needy people are getting a nice Christmas surprise this year: anonymous "layaway angels" have been donating money to pay off layaway accounts in stores from all around the country: Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee says [...]

Virtual Horse in Second Life, Real Lawsuit in Real Life

I learned three things about Second Life today. First is that apparently people still play it (is “play” the right word here, Second Lifers?). Second, you can breed virtual horse that you can ride. And third, you can get sued over virtual animals. Justin Scheck of The A-Hed in Wall Street Journal has the story: A palomino [...]

Where to Live in the USA to Avoid Natural Disasters

Hurricanes in the east, earthquakes in the west and tordanoes in the middle. Where should you live to avoid natural disasters? Matthew Ericson, Joe Burgess and Bill Marsh of The New York Times created this infographic guide to find the safest and most dangerous places to live in America: The analysis below, by Sperling’s Best Places, a [...]

At the Libraries: Year of the Librarian!

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Here’s a beautiful illustration courtesy of InformationIsBeautiful.net: a cloud of books that everyone should read. Looks like To Kill a Mockingbird is #1 – agree or [...]

Wildest Secession Movements in The United States

With the unrest happening in Egypt and other countries in the region many people are asking if a revolution could ever happen in the US of A. Some Americans, however, have been planning such a movement for years to rebel against what they consider the injustices of the US government. During the Civil War the [...]

At the Libraries: Bestsellers From the Day You Were Born

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Hey, this is very cool — find out what books were on the bestseller list on your birthday! I’ve read exactly none of the ones on [...]

At the Libraries: The Best Lists of the Best Books

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Seems like there are a lot of amazing, artistic bookshelves out there. I love seeing their pictures, so if you ever stumble across one, please share. [...]

World Habitat Day

The first Monday in October (October 4th this year) is designated by the UN as World Habitat Day, a day to raise awareness of housing needs globally and in our communities. Habitat for Humanity is participating, as they do every year, with a variety of events. Habitat for Humanity’s 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work [...]