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My attempt at a well-educated mind

I’ve shared before how I absolutely love books about books so it’s no surprise that I was delighted to comb through the list of books laid out in Susan Wise Bauer’s book, The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, with a few ladies wh

Happy Birthday, Anythink

We're celebrating the 5th birthday of the launch of Anythink. We held our breath when over 5,000 people took their first peek at Anythink Brighton as it opened on September 12, 2009. As the community flooded through the doors, the immediate reaction was love at first sight. The beautiful building, the wonderful books, movies and music. We played “Yellow Submarine” on kazoos, learned how to make fresh salsa, and practiced dancing. Everything was shiny and new and gorgeous. Five years later, more than 1.3 million people visit our libraries every year.

In awe of illustrations: A celebration of visual literacy

Have you ever looked at a novel and fallen in love with the book’s pictures or design before its words? Some books are so visually intriguing for me that the words are almost superfluous. In a world depending more and more on us to be visually literate, or able to understand meanings behind images, these books provide challenging and beautiful imagery to practice on. Here are a few titles that stand out for me.

Having fun with word play

I have a special admiration for authors who can incorporate word play into their writing. The writing process itself can be arduous and mentally taxing – but add word play and you elevate the process to a whole new level.

Travel through time with these great reads

The debut of the Outlander TV series (showing on Starz; find out more here) has triggered a lot of interest in Diana Gabaldon’s novel that started it all. Have you read the whole Outlander series, and are you desperate for more? These time travel books might tide you over until the next episode airs or the next book comes out.

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