Link-N-Blogs: Feb 22

By , February 22, 2013 5:21 pm

“The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”  –Carl Sagan

  1. 10 Books that should be Re-read: In high school, literature and reading was not nearly as important as junior prom. Publishers Weekly (PW) suggests a revisit to those books that were supposed to have an influence during the adolescent years, and re-read them to find out what knowledge was missed out on the first time.
  2. 23 Must Read Science Books: Science is no longer viewed as “boring.” Some nonfiction science books “are so exciting they read like genre fiction.” In this article, i09 lists the top science books that use rhetoric and figurative language to tell a page-turning story.
  3. The Importance of Libraries: Some people believe that “libraries have had their last day,” and that buying books from chain bookstores is the future of books. However Flavorwire has compiled a list of authors who beg to differ. See what writers such as Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Victor Hugo, and others have to say about the importance of libraries.
  4. Lawsuit over Sherlock Holmes: “It’s elementary, my dear Watson,” or maybe not. While Sherlock Holmes is considered to be public domain, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate insists on being paid licensing fees to use these classic characters. However PW writes that one author, who is also a lawyer, is taking the estate to court maintaining that Holmes and Watson are no longer protected under copyright laws.
  5. A Twist on Book Clubs: While books are usually accompanied with a bottle of wine, one Minneapolis entrepreneur has turned this concept into a place called Books and Bars. Here people come to discuss books, authors, and engage in intelligent conversation over a round of drinks. PW remarks on the 10-year-old business’s continued success which includes visits from authors and selling the current month’s book club book.

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ” –Kathleen Thompson Norris, from Hands Full of Living

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