Category Archives: Books

Day Twenty Four of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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Do you read these as a kid? My brother and I were VERY into these books! I had a bunch of them, and read a lot at the library; but have not looked at them in many years now.

I had no idea people were mapping the books and helping other enjoy all kinds of different adventures!

“For years, fans have been creating visualizations of the forking structures of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Often, they’re interested in the types of outcomes at the end of each path. One map labels each ending as “new life, return home, or death,” and another separates them into “cliffhanger, solution, or death.” Christian Swinehart’s extensive graphical analysis of the books labels the endings as “great, favorable, mediocre, disappointing, or catastrophic.””

Read through this entire article to get more information, and to see all the very cool charts included!

Day Twenty Three of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Old books

Wouldn’t it be great to find something old, rare, and valuable in your library? It happens!

“A librarian in England has stumbled upon a rare page from the early days of book printing.

The 540-year-old leaf comes from a medieval priests’ handbook that had been printed by William Caxton, who introduced the printing press to England, according to a statement from the University of Reading.

“I suspected it was special as soon as I saw it,” said Erika Delbecque, a special collections librarian at the University of Reading, who found the paper hidden in an archive. “It is incredibly rare to find an unknown Caxton leaf, and astonishing that it has been under our noses for so long.”

The double-sided page has black-letter typeface and red paragraph marks that gave it away as an early western European printing, according to the university.

“The leaf had previously been pasted into another book for the undignified purpose of reinforcing its spine,” Delbecque said in the statement. Delbecque and her colleagues figured out that in 1820 a librarian at the University of Cambridge saved the page from the book spine but apparently didn’t realize its worth. The 15th-century leaf then ended up in a private collection that was purchased by the University of Reading 20 years ago. ”

Read the rest of this article here!

Portraits Of Librarians Celebrate America’s Bookish Unsung Heroes

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information, by Kyle Cassidy

 

(From Huffington Post, by Claire Fallon)

“Libraries are more important to our world than people realize.”

“Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role: Whether you’re a young child or an adult, a new student or an erudite academic, they offer guidance to rich worlds of literacy and scholarship. Librarians are on the front lines, putting a friendly face to the idea of book love and helping millions of Americans get the resources, encouragement and support they need to become avid readers.

Who our librarians are, then, actually matters a great deal. In Kyle Cassidy’s new book This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, the photographer reveals portraits of hundreds of librarians, sharing both their sunny faces and their thoughts on the value of libraries. The result: a colorful tapestry of men and women of all ages, races and ethnicity, some dressed conservatively and some with tattoos and brightly dyed hair, but all bursting with smiles and enthusiasm for their life missions.

In his introduction, Cassidy writes that he began the project after one of his future subjects, Naomi Gonzales, asked him to attend an American Library Association meeting. “She promised me,” he recalls, “that librarians were both friendly and photogenic” ― a bold claim that is backed up by his project. His book, which features guest essays by writers like Jeff Vandermeer, Neil Gaiman and Amy Dickinson, doesn’t shy away from discussing the challenges libraries face in an era of threats to public funding and a rising emphasis on digital resources over print collections. Nonetheless, the tone is heartwarming and optimistic, encapsulating the idealistic value for the written word and commitment to equal opportunity that many associate with libraries.

Above all, the volume is a touching reminder of the loving human work that keeps our libraries thriving, ready to help us when we need them.”

(Read the entire article here, along with some photos from the book!)

Cheap Thrills, Private Dicks, and Desperate Dames From the Heyday of Pulp Fiction

The Gang Magazine May 1935

The enduring appeal of the lowest common denominator

Who was the target audience for pulp magazines and books?

Judging by the cover art and content, the vast majority of pulps were designed to appeal primarily to a young, lower-middle-class male audience. Many urban youths, immigrants, and other lower- and middle-class males were drawn to the pulps by the vivid cover art—which often featured voluptuous women in need of rescue—and became literate reading popular “adventure,” “spicy,” and “true crime” stories. There were also some “romance” and “confessional” pulp periodicals aiming for a female readership, such as Ideal Love, True Confessions, and All-Story Love Stories, and the Harlequin romance novels had their predecessors.

Who were the illustrators who created these images, and what became of the original works?

There were a number of talented artists who painted the artwork that was put on the covers of pulp magazines, including George Gross, Rafael de Soto, Hugh Joseph Ward, Paul Stahr, and David Berger, among others. There are a number of aficionados who have collected and preserved some of the original artwork, but much has also been lost.”

You definitely want to read through this whole article – or at least scroll through it all to check out the amazing art work!!

Day Twenty Two of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, by Library of Congress (Compiler), Carla Hayden (Foreword)

 

As library people, we no longer use the paper card catalog – and are thankful for the ease of online catalogs that provide much more information! But of course we  probably all miss the lovely old card catalog holders many libraries had, as well as the hand-written cards. (Good handwriting used to be a requirement to work in libraries! I’m grateful we can just type now.)

“The Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books. Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library’s magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years. Packed with engaging facts on literary classics—from Ulysses to The Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare’s First Folio to The Catcher in the Rye—this package is an ode to the enduring magic and importance of books.”