Every year, The Next Chapter's mystery panel gathers together to determine the "must read mysteries" of the summer. J.D. Singh, the co-owner of Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Margaret Cannon, the mystery book columnist for the Globe and Mail, and P.K. Rangachari, a mystery lover and professor at the University of Toronto, are responsible for the picks this year. If you like a good thriller or whodunit to read while basking in the sun, then this roundup of books is for you! Check out their picks in the slideshow below.
Jeffrey Schnapp is on a mission to save our libraries. In a rapidly digitizing world, he is asking what will become of physical libraries — and their material soul, books. To answer the looming questions, Schnapp started an experiment called the Library Test Kitchen. It’s a laboratory class in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and this fall will mark its third year in operation. Dedicated to rescuing physical, book-dense libraries from obsolescence, the team of students and instructors dream up designs that, as Schnapp says, “create a hybrid space where analog and digital coexist.”
Architect Lyn Rice says the design challenged library norms in some important ways. "There's a calm that descends on most reading rooms," he says. "The expectation is that people will physically behave." The teen floor turns that expectation on its head. Instead of siphoning teens off into different rooms (and locking away noisy activities), the space is airy and completely open. The openness means, among other things, that it only takes one or two librarians to monitor the entire space.
A classic fairy tale of receives an invigorating update in Nosy Crow’s splendid Little Red Riding Hood. ($5.99; PreS-Gr 4). While the narrative remains the same—a little girl must avoid falling into the clutches of the Big Bad Wolf and save her grandparent—the reading experience is amplified by seamless interactivity and nonlinear storytelling.
You agree with me, I expect, that exposure to challenging works of literary fiction is good for us. That’s one reason we deplore the dumbing-down of the school curriculum and the rise of the Internet and its hyperlink culture. Perhaps we don’t all read very much that we would count as great literature, but we’re apt to feel guilty about not doing so, seeing it as one of the ways we fall short of excellence. Wouldn’t reading about Anna Karenina, the good folk of Middlemarch and Marcel and his friends expand our imaginations and refine our moral and social sensibilities?
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Designed by a speech-language pathologist, Articulate It! has over 1,000 different images covering all sounds of the English language to help children improve their speech.
Are LGBT families are requesting storytimes representative of their families?
I recently conducted a survey of public libraries in communities with large populations of same-sex families with children to determine how they were serving LGBTQ families. The responses I received from the librarians were candid and quite illuminating. For the most part, the librarians did not want to plan exclusive LGBTQ-themed storytimes but chose to plan programs inclusive of multiple family types. Librarians did note that when they planned inclusive programs they might have a LGBTQ caregiver come up after the program to thank them. It does seem that more and more librarians are becoming aware of serving LGBT families but the families are not necessarily demanding to be included. Rather, it is a nice surprise if they see representations of their families in the storytime.
A search of the Google Play Store will find many downloadable apps labeled as “genealogy.” However, many of them are simple ebooks or very simplistic programs that will not appeal to most genealogists. Here are the more robust available apps that allow you to store and retrieve your family tree information.
La bibliothèque publique, de par son rôle et sa place dans la société a toujours avancé et accompagné les évolutions de celle-ci. Loin de l’image du sanctuaire de livres (ce qu’elle est aussi d’une certaine façon), la bibliothèque s’est toujours renouvelée, s’adaptant et adoptant les technologies de l’heure. Ainsi CD, DVD, Blu-ray, jeux vidéo sont entrés dans ses collections. Ordinateurs et internet ont aussi leur place dans ces lieux publics d’information. Les formations et les activités proposées aux usagers se sont aussi diversifiées, et si l’on y raconte toujours des histoires aux plus jeunes, on y trouve maintenant des soirées jeux vidéo, des initiations à Internet et aux réseaux sociaux. Mais comme l’ont souligné plusieurs auteurs et professionnels du monde des sciences de l’information, la bibliothèque du 21e siècle entre dans une nouvelle ère, qui, de consultation et utilisation, devient participation et création.
Les éditions Au Diable Vauvert innovent. Elles adaptent le concept de la saga de l’été au livre numérique. Du 24 juin au 13 septembre, l’éditeur va publier sous forme de feuilleton numérique le prochain livre de Pierre Bordage.
C’est un véritable événement et un acte audacieux « Chroniques des Ombres » sortira en numérique avant la parution du livre papier, prévue pour le 19 septembre. Ce livre post-apocalyptique sera découpé en 36 épisodes. Durant tout l’été, trois feuilletons seront publiés chaque semaine.
The Free Library of Philadelphia's plan to eliminate late fees for children - a move recommended by librarians to prevent cutting off poor kids from library services - is set to begin July 1 after a City Council committee Wednesday defeated a bill that would have thwarted it.