A new exhibit at Harvard's Houghton Library focuses on maps of fictional worlds. The collection includes the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Ursula K. Le Guin. There are over 60 maps on display through April 14, 2018. Go visit! But before you head east, check out one of the library's Boston Museum of Fine Arts passes. Friends, you could get some serious museum visiting in.
Mo Willems visited a local elementary school in South Hadley recently. Part of his mission is to inspire young readers in struggling schools. "Wiggling, dancing and shouting as he read aloud two illustrated stories, Willems brought to life the books that the students read as part of the school's curriculum. After the presentation, he gifted each of the 139 second-graders one of his books, and donated 60 picture books by various authors to the school library."
A recent Wall Street Journal headline read: China Confirms Detention of Hong Kong Bookseller Snatched From Train. A Swedish citizen traveling with Swedish diplomats was taken off a train by plainclothes policemen in northeastern China. He's "one of a number of Hong Kong-based booksellers who starting in 2015 vanished and reappeared in Chinese custody. The booksellers' publications dealt with the kind of political gossip banned across the border in mainland China, often involving salacious material on Chinese leaders."
The Amherst Regional High School librarian, Leslie Lomasson, was recently awarded the Massachusetts School Library Association the 2018 Peggy Hallisey Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors the lifetime achievements of its recipients and celebrates Ms. Lomasson's exemplary commitment to students, 21st century learning, and the advancement of school libraries. She will be honored on Sunday, March 25, at the MSLA Awards Banquet in Worcester.
But in the meantime, if you happen to be in the high school, swing by and give her a high five. Because that's pretty awesome.
Though you may have read books about him and seen movies about him, here are 10 fun facts that you maybe didn't know about him. Not least of which is that originally? Paddington wasn't even from "darkest Peru."
Until the Jones gets its own library kitty, the Friends will just have to content ourselves with Bookstore Cats, a book about the lives of the felines who inhabit bookstores around the country. Fortunately for us, Bookstore Catsis available in our CW/MARS system.
The French are ahead of us in so many ways. Mostly we're thinking of the whole cheese for dessert idea. But now? Now they've got short story dispensers at the airport. And 150 other places around the country.
One of these babies is coming to San Francisco this fall but until then, we'll have to just be envious of our friends on the other side of the Atlantic.