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Best Books Of 2012? Seriously?

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The New York Times has announced its Top Ten Books of 2012, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review (to be published in December 9th's Sunday Book Review), and the list is... pretty dull.
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To Tweet Or Not to Tweet? Shakespeare Plays Retold, Twitter-Style

We're such Shakespeare nerds (#humblebrag), we've gone and summarized the legendary playwright's works into "twitter speak" of 140 characters or less. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit!
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Great Books for Boys | Kidsreads

Great Books for Boys | Kidsreads | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

"Founder Carol Fitzgerald frequently has been told by mothers how difficult it is to get their sons to read. Some are busy participating in sports and other extracurricular activities, watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet, while others simply don't like to read, no matter how much free time they may have.

This inspired her to enlist her son Cory, an avid reader, to compile a list of books that he thinks are great reads for boys. Included are series titles and stand-alone fiction that cover a variety of genres: fantasies, mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure novels and historical fiction. While many of these selections also will appeal to girls, they especially will capture the attention of boys, who often are much more reluctant readers."


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Best of Book Riot: The Joy of Rediscovery: An Ode to the Library

Best of Book Riot: The Joy of Rediscovery: An Ode to the Library | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
To celebrate the end of the year, we're running some of our favorite posts from the last six months. We'll be back with all-new stuff on January 7th. _ (Hello, library, my old friend....I've come to read with you again.
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50 Best Literary Insults

50 Best Literary Insults | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
As a nipper growing up our dear old Mum would beseech of us many things: Always wash behind your ears; Never eat three Shredded Wheat; and Never marry a lady taller than our good selves.

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Some of the best from this list:

 

THE DYING ANIMAL, PHILIP ROTH

"Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up."

 

ANNA KARENINA, LEO TOLSTOY

"He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation."

 

WUTHERING HEIGHTS, EMILY BRONTE

“You teach me now how cruel you've been—cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they'll blight you—they'll damn you.”

 

WAITING FOR GODOT, SAMUEL BECKETT

“Critic!”

 

THE SUN ALSO RISES, ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“I misjudged you… You’re not a moron. You’re only a case of arrested development.”

 

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, TRUMAN CAPOTE

“It should take you about four seconds to walk from here to the door. I’ll give you two.”

 

THE CANTERBURY TALES, GEOFFREY CHAUCER

“Thou woldest make me kisse thyn old breech, And swere it were a relyk of a saint, Though it were with thy fundement depeint!… I wolde I hadde thy coillons in myn hond… Lat kutte hem of”

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, OSCAR WILDE

“I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.”

 

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE AUSTEN

“You are the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.”

 

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, EDWARD ALBEE

“In my mind, Martha, you are buried in cement right up to your neck. No… right up to your nose… that’s much quieter.”

 

LOSS OF BREATH, EDGAR ALLAN POE

"Thou wretch! - thou vixen! - thou shrew!" said I to my wife on the morning after our wedding, "thou witch! - thou hag! - thou whipper-snapper! - thou sink of iniquity - thou fiery-faced quintessence of all that is abominable! - thou - thou-"

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, JK ROWLING

"She is nuttier than squirrel poo."

 

THE LION AND THE UNICORN, GEORGE ORWELL

“He is simply a hole in the air.”

 

AS YOU LIKE IT, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

“I desire that we be better strangers."

 

TIMEQUAKE, KURT VONNEGUT

“If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.”

 

MATILDA, ROALD DAHL

“You blithering idiot! … You festering gumboil! You fleabitten fungus! … You bursting blister! You moth-eaten maggot!”

 

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, J.D. SALINGER

“I told him he didn’t even care if a girl kept all her kings in the back row or not, and the reason he didn’t care was because he was a goddam stupid moron. He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”

 

KING LEAR, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

“Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mungril bitch.”

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25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year

25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

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This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz | Top 10 Fiction Books | TIME.com

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz  | Top 10 Fiction Books | TIME.com | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months...
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Advocacy for Your School Library Helps All School Libraries

Advocacy for Your School Library Helps All School Libraries | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

A teacher librarian's story......I explain to him that it is vital that librarians shout about all the wonderful activities happening in their library. I do just that with this blog, the library website, twitter, email blasts, discussions with my principal, notices in the daily memo and articles in the school monthly newsletter. Since I became a librarian, I have used whatever media was available to advertise the library. I had to.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 4, 2012 1:24 AM

School libraries and media centers can be the driving force for meaningful technology integration in any school.  The key: Trained Librarian/Media specialists.

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Library offers magazine downloads - The Courier-Journal

Library offers magazine downloads - The Courier-Journal | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
Library offers magazine downloadsThe Courier-JournalThe service has has been available to libraries in the United States since early this year andLouisville is one of the first U.S. library systems to have the magazine service, Buthod said.
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Best Books Of 2012? Seriously?

Best Books Of 2012? Seriously? | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
The New York Times has announced its Top Ten Books of 2012, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review (to be published in December 9th's Sunday Book Review), and the list is... pretty dull.
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The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom

The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and students are using Pinterest creatively to organize and share ideas from all around the Web and even in their own classrooms and campuses.


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New School Library Statistics Available in AASL’s School Libraries Count! 2012 Report

New School Library Statistics Available in AASL’s School Libraries Count! 2012 Report | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing , expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results. The data also indicates connectivity to the school library continues to rise through increased networked computers in the school as well as remote access to school library databases. Data was collected as part of AASL’s national longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count! (SLC), conducted yearly since 2007.


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Librarians and Archivists Discuss Pros and Cons of Virtual Preservation

Librarians and Archivists Discuss Pros and Cons of Virtual Preservation | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

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WATCH: 16 Awesome Library Scenes In Film

WATCH: 16 Awesome Library Scenes In Film | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
When news broke last week that Dan Brown's new novel will center on some sort of mystery surrounding Dante's Inferno, I immediately began hoping that there is a nutty, fun scene of Robert Langdon racing around a library just like he raced around...

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"Here’s how you can tell if a kid is going to grow up to be a life-long book nerd: they are more interested in the library in Beauty and the Beast than they are what happens with the rose and the sentient flatware."

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Copyright & Schools: photocopy, scan, screen or broadcast copyright resources in classrooms - simple advice for teachers

Copyright & Schools: photocopy, scan, screen or broadcast copyright resources in classrooms - simple advice for teachers | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it

One-stop-shop with guidance for teachers copying and using books, magazines, newspapers, music, film & TV in classrooms - from the CLA, ERA, NLA, CCLI, PPL, PRS, MPLC, PVS


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Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model

Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.
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The Books That Made the Most ‘Best Of 2012′ Book Lists

The Books That Made the Most ‘Best Of 2012′ Book Lists | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
December means a lot of things. Our normally latent shopping gene starts itching like crazy, mint-flavored coffee starts sounding like a good idea, and every single media outlet (ourselves included...
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20 Great Infographics of 2012

20 Great Infographics of 2012 | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
2012 has certainly been an eventful year, with everything from elections, to olympics, to scientific breakthroughs, to major weather events.

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How Many Christmas Trees Does It Take To Make 12 Christmas Trees Made Out Of Books?

How Many Christmas Trees Does It Take To Make 12 Christmas Trees Made Out Of Books? | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
I'm a traditional kind of gal but I have to admit, seeing the creative things people do with their Christmas trees this time of year really makes me want to try something unique.

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Inappropriate Children's-Book Titles, #tnyquestion

Inappropriate Children's-Book Titles, #tnyquestion | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
You know that old saying: if you ask a bunch of adults for inappropriate children’s book titles, they’ll never stop. Well, this week’s Questioningly was like that. We asked people to invent inappropriate children’s book titles, and they did,...

 

Sigh, none of my five entries got a mention. Still love the game, though. One of these days I'm going to get a mention in The New Yorker's weekly Questioningly.

 

At least my favorite one won: "You'll Be Wrinkled, in Time."

 

 


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7 Reasons Why Adults Read YA Books

7 Reasons Why Adults Read YA Books | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
Young Adult authors may not all be young, but they're hungry -- to tell and to sell.
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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 7, 2012 3:40 PM
Love this article. My vote is for #3 and #4! Thanks for posting.
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The Perfect Literary Meal

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It may be a little late to alter your Thanksgiving Day dinner plans, but in case you need some last-minute inspiration, we have you covered.
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How Your Library Can Save You More Than $200 a Month | GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca

How Your Library Can Save You More Than $200 a Month | GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons to get a library card, not the least of which is savings: the library is your gateway to lots of free stuff you might not know about.
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Home of the Book Genome Project

Home of the Book Genome Project | Life of a LIBRARIAN | Scoop.it
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.

 

I tested a few titles and was surprised to find books I had read come up as near matches. 


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