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Like a Car Wash for Books: How Libraries Clean Reading Materials

As much as I like to imagine that library books remain perfectly clean, the reality is a little different. Sometimes books get gunky. Oil from people’s skin rubs off onto them. Someone spills a cup of coffee on a book cover. A child drops her novel in the garden. In cases like these, libraries have… Continue reading Like a Car Wash for Books: How Libraries Clean Reading Materials

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Happy Fox Day! Here Are Some Books to Help You Celebrate

  Fox Day is finally here! “You may not know it, but there is one day every spring that is known as Fox Day. And I think we should all celebrate it. Fox Day began in 1934 when Rollins College acquired two statues. One was of a cat, and the other was a fox. Cat and… Continue reading Happy Fox Day! Here Are Some Books to Help You Celebrate

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Art, Freedom, and Seeing 100,000 Banned Books

To many, the Parthenon of Ancient Greece represents ideals of democracy and thought. This year an artist is attempting to use 100,000 banned and censored books to create a new Parthenon. Artist Marta Minujín is currently constructing The Parthenon of Books as a symbol of resistance. This isn’t the first time that she has used books in such… Continue reading Art, Freedom, and Seeing 100,000 Banned Books

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5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

Though Universal Studios has created The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, lovers of the book series have continued to celebrate it closer to home. I’ve found five great Harry Potter themed festivals and events across the US that will allow Potterheads to enjoy the magic of J.K. Rowling’s world by drinking all of the butterbeer they… Continue reading 5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

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Why Everyone Should Read A Book Series Out of Order

“There is a right way and a wrong way to read a book series. The right way involves starting at the beginning and working through the books chronologically. This is best done when the reader still remembers all of the important plot points. But I’ve never done things the right way. I used to have… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Read A Book Series Out of Order

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How Many Books Will You Read in a Lifetime?

We readers like to imagine that we’ll always have time for a book. We’ll get to finish all the great ones. The classics. The new releases. The fantasy series that stretches on for book after book. The standalone memoir that somehow reflects our own lives. But of course we won’t read all of the books… Continue reading How Many Books Will You Read in a Lifetime?