August 30, 2019
A Rediscovered Erotic Poem Might Indicate the Middle Ages Were Sexier Than We Thought
"Erotic poetry" and "Middle Ages" aren't often used in the same sentence. Read further to learn about a clever text that's really a wry commentary on how a person cannot be separated from his or her sex.
August 29, 2019
On the upcoming three day weekend,
the town libraries will be closed on Monday.
So zip over on Saturday to get your reading
(and listening and watching) fix in!
August 28, 2019
Discover Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium
An herbarium, in case you (like we) didn't know, is when you press plants and flowers in a book to preserve their beauty. Want to take a look at Emily Dickinson's herbarium that she completed by the time she was 14?
August 27, 2019
This historic Michigan library looks like something out of Hogwarts
would you spend most of your time keeping an eye out for
Nearly Headless Nick?
August 26, 2019
Summer Reader Poll 2019: Funny Books
NPR recognizes that no one survives on news alone. Sometimes we all need a break. Levity. HUMOR! And those good folks have compiled a list of books to make us smile, quietly giggle, or howl until tears of mirth stream down our face.
If your favorite funny book isn't here, help a Friend out and let us know.
We all could use a little laugh now and then.
August 24, 2019
Silent Book Club
Unlike Fight Club, where the first rule is not to talk about Fight Club, the first rule of Silent Book Club is, well, not to talk. "Members meet up at a bar, a library, a bookstore or any venue that will host them. Once the bell rings, silent reading time commences. After an hour, the bell rings again." Learn more about this lovely phenomenon from this NPR article.
Want to start one? Here's a little primer.
August 23, 2019
The REAL Mr. Darcy
Sure longtime Jane Austen fans picture Mr. Darcy like this:
but did you know he was more like this?
Here are 7 facts about Thomas Lefroy, the real-life Mr. Darcy, that maybe you didn't know.
August 22, 2019
August 21, 2019
Shakespeare's plays in miniature
You know who else loved these wee copies of his plays?
August 20, 2019
The Museum of Literature Ireland
Ireland has had a long history of literary genius. Now they have a museum to commemorate it all. Next month the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) opens its doors to the public.
P.S. Bradley has direct flights to Dublin, Friends. Shall we?
August 19, 2019
How to Find Your Literary BFF
Five ideas to help you find like-minded book brethren.
And although it doesn't even mention the L-word,
you can try all of these tricks out at the library, too!
August 10, 2019
The Belle of Amherst
Learn more about her in Emily Dickinson's Electric Love Letters to Susan Gilbert.
August 6, 2019
What Would the Golden Girls Read?
Remember The Golden Girls?
Of COURSE you do! They were an important part of a well-rounded 1980's life worth living. Well, the good folks at the NYPL have compiled a list for your reading pleasure based on what The Golden Girls would've read, if they'd shared their book recommendations with the rest of us. The way good Friends do.
Happy reading, Friends!
August 5, 2019
Summer reading stats
Perhaps you, too, are a Numbers Nerd?
You geek out on your steps taken each night before you snuggle into bed?
You count all the states you've visited during those boring staff meetings?
You pay close attention to your car mileage using a smartphone app?
Surely this can't just be us, Friends.
Here are some WICKED COOL numbers for you to chew on:
August 2, 2019
You'll get a gift card!
August 1, 2019
Come and strum!
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