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A Review of 38 Years

The New York Times Book Review has been published as a weekly supplement to The New York Times since 1896.  “It’s one of the most influential and widely read book review publications in the industry.”  It was just announced last week that after serving as chief book critic of The New York Times that Michiko Kakutani has stepped down.  In honor of her reign, the Times published this article which is a compilation of the highlights of Kakutani’s reviews.  Many of her original reviews have stood the test of time and she often correctly predicted those authors who would become huge success.  Check out the list here and see if you agree!




Millennials in the Library

Millennials (the youngest adult generation) seem to get a bad reputation lately for many things lately.  However, a new Pew Research report just came out that “Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries.”  Surprisingly, about 50% of this generation have physically visited either a public library or bookmobile in 2016!… Continue Reading

Harry Potter News!

Harry Potter fans rejoice!  On October 20th two new Harry Potter books will be released!  The two books, Harry Potter-A Journey Through the History of Magic and Harry Potter-A History of Magic are being released “as part of an exhibition at the British Library” all part of the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter… Continue Reading

Build A Better World

This summer the adult program theme here at Lower Macungie Library is Build A Better World.  Throughout the summer, this blog will follow this theme with a series of posts relating to this in various ways.  Today we’ll look at how a unique way of recycling helped build a better world in Colombia.  20 years ago… Continue Reading

Best Upcoming books for Summer 2017

  Summer is right around the corner!  Summer is a great time for everyone to have some down time and unwind with a great book.  The Huffington Post published an article with 24 Incredible books to read this summer.  Elle also had a similar article with 19 books to read this summer.   If you see a… Continue Reading

The Voynich Manuscript

Everybody loves a good mystery, especially one that is hundreds of years old.  The Voynich Manuscript is just that.  The Manuscript is a 240 page coded book with a variety of mysterious images.  It is unsure if the writing in it is a code, a forgotten language, or pure gibberish used as a trick. The… Continue Reading

Top Books Recommended by TED 2017 Speakers

Beginning as a conference in the 1980’s, TED Talks have exploded since the first six were posted online on June 27th, 2006.  These talks, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, cover a multiple of topics beyond its original scope.  The 2017 Conference was held at the end of April and Parrotread compiled all the books… Continue Reading

Inspirational Quotes from Literature

No matter who you are, we could all use some inspiration and encouragement in our lives.  Buzzfeed recently reached out to their community to ask what lines from literature helped to inspire them.  It seems that there are just some special quotes that can really resonate with readers, whether they’re at a certain point in… Continue Reading

A Car Wash for Books

When thinking of libraries of old, most people imagine dusty books sitting upon shelves.  But if you’ve visited a library recently you know that that is most definitely not true anymore!  Thanks to a piece of technological advancement, books are minimally dusty these days, especially in the Boston Public Library.  The BPL describes the Depulvera… Continue Reading

It’s all about that font

Happy Friday!  I have always been fascinated about fonts, between serifs and kerning there’s no limit to the wonders of typed letters.  This article by vLetter is a detailed yet clear history all about fonts, “including their origins and characteristics.”  If you’re interested in specific fonts, the Huffington Post has this article about the “Incredible… Continue Reading





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