Monday, July 28, 2014

Failing by Default

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default."

Art by Lynd Ward

Monday, July 21, 2014

Midnight Inspiration

"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."*
- Saul Bellow

Bookplate of Lydia Brewster Hubbard
Engraved by W. F. Hopson
Courtesy Bookplate Junkie

*Courtesy D Biswas on Amlokiblogs 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reading Expands Our Horizons

Reading is a way to live more lives, to experience more worlds, to meet people we care about and want to know more about, to understand others and develop a compassion for what they confront and endure.
― Roxanne J. Coady*


Monday, July 7, 2014

Not In My Nature

"Never read a book through merely because you have begun it." 

From the Pratt Libraries Collection


Friday, July 4, 2014

Independent Reads for Independent Readers

Happy Independence Day! 


Celebrate America's birthday with these patriotic kids books.

Jean Fritz's essential book series

56 one-page biographies
A blast from the past,
beautifully edited & illustrated


Pictorial / historical
Fact-filled picture book

Not-to-be-missed
middle grade favorite

Which books will you read to celebrate American independence?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bookish Passion

“I want to see my wife and children every day, I want to see my grass and blossoms and corn ... But above all, except the wife and children, I want to see my books."
-John Adams

Swedish bookplate for Arvid and Anna Thelin, 1914

Monday, June 23, 2014

Your Local Bookstore

“What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.”
Neil Gaiman
Copyright Inna Kabeus

*From American Gods