Books to help you feed your foodie soul, escape from awkward conversations, and more.
A beautifully-illustrated history of 101 objects that tell the story of the United States through objects in the Smithsonian collection — some owned by extraordinary people, and some representing life at a particular time in history.
2013 Goodreads Choice Award Winners
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COMING MAY 2014!
The first four Nancy Drew books will be reissued with these new covers as collectibles. Check them out!
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and once again Mrs. Claus and her elf are coming to visit each of our Library branches! We’ll also have a visit from a Holiday Clown. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa for Mrs. Claus to take back to the North Pole with her! The dates of Mrs. Claus’s visits are listed below. For more information, call (225) 231-3760.
Bookish Birthday for November 30 - Mark Twain, (1835-1910).
An American author and humorist, Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Most famously, he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), which has often been called “the Great American Novel”, (though it has recently come under fire for its use of racial slurs). He is also one of the most quoted authors of all time:
- “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
- “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
- “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”
- “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
- “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
In a small town called Otega in the state of New York, there is an independent used bookshop with something very special about it. For decades, the owner of Popeks bookstore, which was passed onto Michael Popek from his father, has been collecting and cataloguing the unusual and forgotten things he finds inside the pages […]
Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.
You can find so many creative project ideas through the library collection. One of the most interesting resources we have is MAKE Magazine. It is full of ideas and projects of all kinds!
Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! If you have ideas for other projects post them too!
Don’t let a torn seam doom your veteran work jeans to the landfill. With just a few stitches, they can return to the workshop with honor as a handsome, durable tool wrap for wrenches, chisels, and the like. See the full project at Makezine.com
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE ACADEMY!
A vintage theatrical announcement from the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive.
The Packard Humanities Institute Collection is the largest known acquisition of theatrical trailers on film. The collection, which includes theatrical announcements, was deposited by David Packard in 2009. This historically significant collection contains over 70,000 moving images and has transformed the Academy Film Archive into the world’s foremost repository of motion picture trailers.
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Easy Ways to Talk Family History Over Turkey
Combine nostalgia, holiday traditions, grandma’s pumpkin pie and immediate access to a bunch of relatives, and what do you get?
An atmosphere ripe for talking about family history!
Thanksgiving is a good time to tell and listen to stories, get IDs for mystery faces in photos, and share your genealogy discoveries. It doesn’t have to be weird or forced—don’t announce “Time to talk about genealogy!” just as everyone’s settling in to watch football.
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Explore the infographic above to learn more about this year’s Word of the Year and track its evolution from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph. (via Infographic: a closer look at ‘selfie’ | OxfordWords blog)
Learn more about Word of the Year on the OxfordWords blog, on the OUPblog, in our FAQ, and on the Oxford University Press Tumblr all this week. And be sure to follow the #WOTYselfie tag on all your social media.