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Nostradamus Flying Off the Shelves

It seems that books on or by Nostradamus are flying off library shelves in some places. A number of e-mail messages have been surfacing about this attack having been predicted by Nostradamus during the 1500s as the beginning of WW III and or possibly the end of the world. A visit to Urban Legends will yield more information on that and other Internet hoaxes. more...

Two \'Instant\' Books on 9/11 to be Published

The Nando Times reports on two new \'instant\' books on 9/11. One is to be a collection of literary pieces on America and the other a compilation of stories from survivors and eyewitnesses. The first is due out by the end of the year, while the second is due September 30th. It\'s good to know the America\'s capitalism continues strong in the face of any challenge.

Clancy-fied information

During NBC\'s coverage of the attack Tuesday morning, Katie Couric asked Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf something like: Did anyone consider that airliners could be used as weapons by terrorists like this? Schwartzkopf\'s reply: Tom Clancy wrote a book about it.

In Debt of Honor, a 747 is crashed into the U.S. Capitol. Clancy discussed the scenario briefly in a 1997 interview (scroll down about halfway). I really like what he says here: "The fundamental strength of America is not in Washington. It\'s in Peoria, Illinois, in Baltimore, Maryland, in Sacramento, California and all the places where Americans work and do business."

I read somewhere that Clancy was interviewed on CNN on Tuesday, but I don\'t see a transcript on CNN.com. Has anyone run across it? Also, are libraries experiencing increased patron interest in Debt of Honor and its follow-up, Executive Orders?

Reading to kids is good

In a short interview in the Chicago Tribune, Jim Trelease, the author of Read-Aloud Handbook, talks about the benefits of reading to kids. Nice plug for libraries, too: "A public library card is a ticket to the richest entertainment a child\'s mind is ever going to have."

Middle English Dictionary Project Complete

After 71 years, the Middle English Dictionary Project has born fruit:

The dictionary covers 15,000 pages and includes more than 55,000 entries. The numerous meanings and usages are illustrated with 900,000 quotations ranging from the time of William the Conqueror to the advent of printing. They come from Chaucer, the stories of King Arthur and early Bibles, as well as contemporary letters, wills and remarkably detailed medical treatises.

The Middle English Dictionary is \"a labor of love . . . that is practically unrivaled in scale by any historical dictionary project of the modern era--and perhaps of any reference work project as well,\" said Richard Ekman, a former officer with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which since 1975 has provided the bulk of the financing for the $22-million project. . .

More from the Los Angeles Times . Thanks to Slashdot.

The first National Book Festival

It\'s the first National Book Festival. It takes place on Saturday, September 8, on the grounds of the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will celebrate the joys of reading.

The Have a WebCast if you can\'t make it.

One Book, One Chicago Update

Always alert Bob Cox sent along This Story from the Chicago Tribune on The citywide \"One Book, One Chicago\" program.
The Mockingbird has flown off the shelves at book stores and libraries around Chicago Land, and a daily, e-mail quiz on the book is being conducted in the Office of Budget and Management in Chicago City Hall.
The windy city has certainly taken wing to this book.

Read -- or decorated a room with -- any good books

Cornelia passed along This One from the Chicago Tribune.

It\'s a fun look at just how cool it looks to have books around.

\"Nothing says taste and intelligence quite like books. The set of NBC\'s \"Today\" show also includes a goodly portion of books arranged discreetly on a shelf, as if to suggest that Kate and Matt are passionate bibliophiles. In the shadow of books, everyone looks smarter.\"

Billington Interview on National Book Fest

Cliff Urr writes \"Diane Rehm talks with James Billington, Librarian of Congress since 1987, about the upoming National Book Festival, hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, and about the resources and mission of the world\'s largest library.

Realaudio Link.
National Book Festival link: loc.gov/bookfest \"

For some odd reason everytime I hear about the LOC I get thirsty for a Coke, is that wrong?

Libraries hold key to deterring illiteracy

Laura Bush and James H. Billington [you should know who they are] have ganged up and written an Announcement piece in the USA Today.

They will be hosting the first National Book Festival on Saturday at the Library of Congress in Washington. It\'s intended to be a celebration of the crucial role books and reading have in our individual lives and in the democracy that we cherish.

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