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What Your Favorite Literary Characters Were Almost Named

Did you know Sherlock Holmes was almost named “Sherringford” Holmes? Or that Gandalf was almost “Bladorthin?” Bladorthin the Grey? Yeah, not so much. But that seems to have been J.R.R. Tolkien’s original thinking. In pencilled notes on early drafts of The Hobbit, Tolkien noted that “Gandalf” was the name of the chief dwarf and “Bladorthin” was, [...]

Come With a Story and Leave With Another

"Come with a story and leave with another", says Colsubsidio Book Exchange of Colombia. To strike home the message, Lowe/SSP3 ad agency came up with these clever print ads. The first one above mixes Snow White and Sherlock Holmes. Can you [...]

How to Swear Like a Librarian

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! Let’s start off with some swearing — how to swear like a librarian, that is! My personal favorite, which I heard a third-grader say [...]

The Mystery Boat of Bouvet Island

Bouvet Island is 1,700 miles from Antarctica, and further away from anywhere else. The island is a volcano covered with a glacier. The few expeditions to explore it were many years apart, and some of those explorers never set foot on Bouvet Island, since there is no safe place to land. But in 1964, a [...]