The Books that Taught American Women to Camp in the Early 20th Century

As a follow-up to the early 20th-century American camping guides in the Rare Book Room of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), here is a look at their printed materials from the early 1900s reflecting this new focus on women and the outdoors. For example, Woodcraft for Women (1916) begins with these words by author Kathrene Sutherland Gedney Pinkerton:

From The Books that Taught American Women to Camp in the Early 20th Century

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Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival

The public library in Redlands, California is much more than a steward of books and information. It is an exemplar of the history of the town and a living legend of its spirit of generosity, a hallmark of Redlands since its first days.

From Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival - The Atlantic

When was the age of information?

My principal connection to the field of history is through an undergraduate course I co-teach called “History of Information.” It’s a course that seeks to take students from Lascaux to WhatsApp and beyond in fifteen weeks: its key transitional phrase, as my colleague notes, is “moving right along.” The naivety of such an enterprise probably reveals to the audience of this blog that neither of the teachers is a historian.

From When was the age of information? | JHIBlog

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Did technology kill the book or give it new life?

The book is dead, long live the book.
Digital technology has certainly had a profound effect on the traditional book publishing and retailing industries, but has it also given the book a new lease of life?

From Did technology kill the book or give it new life? - BBC News

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Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water

The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.
Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through.
In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.

From Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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Colorado Man Throws Books Out Car Window, Is Nabbed For Littering

A Colorado man plead guilty on Thursday to littering. He wasn't dumping trash, or toxic waste from a mine, but books, writes the Times-Call newspaper.

The paper reports that Glenn Pladsen, 62, got a ticket this spring after he tossed books along U.S. 287. Pladsen lives in Arvada, a town just outside of Denver, and apparently threw thousands of books out on the highway over several months because "he couldn't figure out another way to get rid of them."

If only he had other options. I took the liberty of googling "Denver book donations" and "used bookstores in Arvada." If he had sought out the advice of the Denver Public Library, they probably would told him they accept donations. It appears that there are a few used bookstores in Arvada, too.

Full piece:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/14/432315904/colorado-man-throws-books-out-ca...

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The Rise of Phone Reading

It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone. WSJ’s Jennifer Maloney joins Tanya Rivero with a look at now publishers are rethinking books for the small screen.

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NYLA Library Tour 2015

Commitments for NYLA often take me to far flung corners of New York State, and many times I have observed beautiful libraries along the way and lamented that my schedule prevented me from stopping to visit and explore.  As some of you know, I am the overly proud owner of a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Van.  In order to make the most of my tween son’s waning agreeability, and the take the time to explore all those enticing libraries I have driven past, we planned a ten day barnstorming tour of the great state of New York, with him riding shotgun.

From August 2015: NYLA Library Tour 2015

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Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books

A council which spent £188million on a state-of-the-art new library has been criticised by readers and authors after it ran out of money and asked the public to donate books.
Libraries in Birmingham have posted notices requesting members donate their new and recently-released books, saying they would be “gratefully received”

From Outrage as city with new £188m library ask readers for help buying books - Telegraph

The 10 Most Gorgeous Private Libraries in the D.C. Area

In the D.C. area, there is a wide array of public libraries to choose from, but sometimes browsing through one's own bookshelves at home can be more exciting. For those bibliophiles who collect so many books they verge on being hoarders, Curbed collected the 10 most gorgeous homes on the DMV market with libraries of their own.

From The 10 Most Gorgeous Private Libraries in the D.C. Area - Book Worm - Curbed DC

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The Rise of Phone Reading - WSJ

“The future of digital reading is on the phone,” said Judith Curr, publisher of the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. “It’s going to be on the phone and it’s going to be on paper.”

From The Rise of Phone Reading - WSJ

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Books That Shaped America | National Book Festival - Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition on “Books That Shaped America.” The initial books in the exhibition are displayed below.

“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”

We hope you will view the list, discuss it with your friends and family, and most importantly, choose to read and discuss some of the books on this list, reflecting America’s unique and extraordinary literary heritage, which the Library of Congress makes available to the world.

From Books That Shaped America | National Book Festival - Library of Congress

Harris Poll: Number of Americans Who Support Book Banning Increases

Harris Poll: Number of Americans Who Support Book Banning Increases

From The Guardian: "Are Americans Falling in Love with Censorship?

"[A] Harris poll of 2,244 US adults was released in July, revealing that, in the space of four years, the percentage of Americans believing that some books should be completely banned has increased by more than half. In 2011, 18% of those surveyed wanted some books banned; in 2015, 28% agreed with the assertion. Just under a half, 48%, said that no books should be banned, compared with 56% in 2011."

More in-depth breakdowns at The Guardian and Harris.

16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

It’s not everyday you see a book that can be read in six completely different ways, and this small book from the National Library of Sweden is definitely an anomaly. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, this 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one. This particular book contains devotional texts, including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus, which was printed in German between the 1550’s and 1570’s.

From 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways - My Modern Met

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Toronto library to roll out book-lending machine at Union Station

Yale Library Wins Princeton Review's Annual College Rankings Library

According to a Princeton Review survey that asked 136,000 students at 380 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences, the school at which students gave their professors the highest marks was Swarthmore College (PA). "Best College Library" – Yale University (CT)
 

From Best 380 Colleges Press Release | Public Relations | The Princeton Review | The Princeton Review

Trailer - The End of the Tour



The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

US bookshop offering refunds for Go Set a Watchman

Brilliant Books in Michigan says customers are owed apologies for portrayal of Harper Lee’s long-lost manuscript as a ‘nice summer novel’ rather than an academic curiosity

From US bookshop offering refunds for Go Set a Watchman | Books | The Guardian

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Unique historic photographic collection online from Mount Holyoke College

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/rare-images-reveal-early-womens-college-...

ount Holyoke College has just digitized some 2,000 rare and beautiful photographs that document life at the College from 1899 to 1939. The entire collection is now available for research and enjoyment online.

The images were originally captured on glass-plate negatives by Mount Holyoke botany professor and photographer Asa Kinney.

For more information about the collection:

Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields

The fallout from Pennsylvania's rules requiring Department of Human Services child abuse background clearances and state police criminal records checks for employees and volunteers who have “routine contact with children” is being felt in churches, libraries, playgrounds, swimming pools and on Little League and soccer fields across the commonwealth.

From Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields | TribLIVE

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