Riverhead Books announced the winner of its Little Free Library sweepstakes today. A 15-year-old Boy Scout from Harlingen, TX struggle to find an Eagle Scout project with meaning until he learned about Little Free Library [LFL], an Innovations in Reading Prize-winner.
"What a great concept and way to give back to my community. If you look at the LFL world map there is only one library in our entire region. You can certainly see a void for hundreds of miles in every direction. My dad always tells me to try and leave a legacy and that’s what I hope to do with this project. My goal isn’t to just build one LFL but to start a movement in the Valley with LFLs in our region."
The prize was judged by Riverhead authors and voted on by the public. Read more of his winning entry here.
Can you guess which major American artist contributed the cover art for our 2011 National Book Awards program book? Hint: he currently is the subject of a huge retrospective at the @whitneymuseum!
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Read more from Tolstoy’s Letter to a Hindu at Brain Pickings.
Ferguson Library Becomes Oasis of Calm Amid Strife -
Ferguson library has become an oasis of calm and activities for children while school postpone during the street protests over the police shooting of Michael Brown.An important reminder of the vital role of the public library in a community’s well being.
Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color. — Ken Chen at NPR, discussing the need for diversity in literature and at publishing houses.
Today NBF announced an exciting new partnership with Miami Book Fair International to bring all 20 National Book Award Finalists and Winners to the festival the day after the National Book Awards Ceremony November 19!
(Many thanks to Pitbullofficial.com for the art work)
I Am Malala— for Young Readers
Malala Yousafzai’s famed memoir has been adapted for readers 10 and up by our 2012 National Book Award YPL Finalist Patricia McCormick
Tweet @lbkids with the hashtag #ISupportMalala and a book will be donated to FirstBook, which places new books in the hands of children in need.
When I read Flannery O’Connor, she really took the lid off my skull. — Karen Russell, a 5 Under 35 Honoree, interviewed at Guernica
Tom Eckersley’s poster encouraging everyone to overdue library books, 1975
Have you ever seen a child running to get a book? I have, and it makes me feel my job is worth more than the money I make. — Kelvin Selders, operator of a bookmobile in Elko, Nevada, quoted at the LA Review of Books looks at the libraries of the future.
Our 2012 National Book Award Winner Louise Erdrich wins the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for distinguished lifetime achievement.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Harper Collins, Paul Emmel
But there are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being led into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation. —
The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself - The New Yorker
Of course not all books are suitable for mealtime reading. It would be a kind of blasphemy to read poetry at table. What one wants is a gossipy, — C.S. Lewis on his daily routine