Today’s post focuses on those hallowed institutions we learn to love at a very early age: Libraries.
An article released yesterday by the New Glasgow News is distressing for people who know that library budgets are already tight. Libraries wary of tax proposal on books is scary enough,but the opening line of the article is enough to bring a tear to the eye. “[I]f the Liberal government goes ahead with its plan to put the provincial portion of the HST on printed books, it would end up costing the library an additional $10,000 a year.” Click here for the full story.
Every so often, you hear of unsavoury behaviour happening in public libraries and it seems impossible until the evidence proves that people can be weird, incomprehensible creatures. There was the Case of the Mystery Urinator in Leaminton, Ontario in December 2012, and right now, there is more head-shaking behavior coming from Windsor, Ontario. CBC.ca reports, in Live sex shows streamed from Windsor libraries.
*Fontainebleau branch of Windsor Public Library. Image retrieved from http://www.windsorpubliclibrary.com/?page_id=1392
Huffington Post’s article, 7 Reading Hacks To Improve Your Literary Skills has some very interesting things to say. And a few of them were sort of surprising, like tip #1: Don’t Read in Bed. I thought that was one of the better places to read, so I guess I need to add another item to my list of new year’s resolutions!
CBC.ca has published a few little-known facts about Agatha Christie in, Agatha Christie: 8 interesting facts. It’s not a long piece, but I enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite authors.
BBC News just released this very interesting article, entitled, E-books ‘damage sleep and health’ doctors warn. CBC.ca has also published an article on the subject, in Reading e-books at night may be ruining your sleep: study. It’s not too late to return those e-readers…
Released four days ago on Huffingtonpost.com, their article, Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America is written by bookseller William Petrocelli who took offense at the comments made on the Rachel Maddow Show on December 19. Ms. Maddow likened Sony’s failure to release the movie The Interview to bookstores in 1989 who refused to carry The Satanic Verses until the public outcry caused the books to be sold again. Mr. Petrocelli does not agree that this is a valid comparison.
A very merry Christmas to all who follow this blog and to casual observers! Thank You for making my first blog such a fun learning experience. I truly appreciate your interest and support, and wish you all the very best in 2015.
Click here to listen to a six-minute interview with the school’s VP and a student as they tell about the 1800-book giveaway they’re doing for newcomers to Canada. From CBC News.
“The Classic That Beautifully Explores Identity and Race” by Greg Mortimer Off the Shelf is an interesting article about the author’s thoughts on Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.