Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Reference librarian Carey Hagan has begun her long envisioned online record of booktalks. A booktalk is a brief introduction to the characters and plot of a book with the intention of enticing a reader. Teachers and librarians often use booktalks to promote reading. Carey is writing her booktalks as she reads, and recording them on BooktalkThree for others to use.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today while writing about W. S. Merwin, the newly announced 17th Poet Laureate of the United States, I discovered a poetry treasure on the Library of Congress' Website. Poet Charles Simic shares "A few things to keep in mind while sitting down to write a poem." His seven guidelines are simple, yet profound. I know some of us like to try our hand at writing poetry, and that students are given poetry writing assignments. Simic's list is an inspirational aid.
(Photo: Lydia and me in the stacks at the Library of Congress, February 2010.)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Can You Keep a Secret? This romantic comedy by Sophie Kinsella, read by Kate Reading on the Books on Tape version, is an excellent listen for a long drive or a daily commute. As always, Kate Reading is outstanding.