For some people, fall is all about Halloween, raking leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But for some of us, the cooler weather means pie baking, and digging out the slow cooker. Thoughts turn from light summer soups and salads to heartier stews and chowders. If you love to cook and you haven’t checked out your library’s cookbook section yet, you are in for a treat. Borrowing a cookbook from the library is a good way to try before you buy. Cookbooks can be expensive. And because libraries collect all kinds of cookbooks which feature recipes from many different countries and cultures, it’s a fun way to try your hand at cooking something new. ... Read More
Everyone knows that you can borrow books from the public library. That’s been a thing since 1731, when Benjamin Franklin and his associates created a subscription library. Patrons could buy shares in the library, and those funds were used to purchase books which could then be borrowed by the subscribers. But as libraries evolve in order to keep pace with changing technology and increased demands on library services, some libraries have collected some rather unusual items. ... Read More
It may only be August, but if you lived in Iceland, you would be getting ready for one of the biggest literary traditions in the country. Icelanders buy more books per capita than any other country in the world, and the majority of the books are sold between September and early November, to be given as Christmas gifts. ... Read More
You may not recognize the name Michael Bond, but nearly everyone knows Paddington Bear. Michael Bond (January 13, 1926-June 27, 2017) was the creator of the Paddington Bear series of children’s books. Bond was from London, where he imagined a stuffed bear that was inspired by child refugees traveling through Reading Station from London. He remembered that the children he saw carried all of their possessions in little suitcases or packages and wore labels around their necks which gave their names and addresses. Bond stated that he’d never seen a sadder sight.
Did you know that reading aloud to children is one of the most important things you can do to help them learn? Reading aloud helps children master words and grammar, which are the basic tools for learning to read. It also teaches them to be good listeners, which is important in any learning environment. ... Read More