The PLA Blog | Official Blog of the Public Library Association

Posts Tagged "books"

Summer 2008 Picks and Plans

It’s a busy time of year for public libraries. Libraries are frantic to spend the last bits of budget before the fiscal year ends, students are taking finals and graduating, and, behind the scenes, summer reading programs are preparing to launch. I was listening to On Point early last week, when Tom Ashbrook hosted a […]

Read More ›

Saved by Books

I attended another preconference session on Wednesday morning, Bridging the Divide: Libraries Transform Communities. Before we started, a moderator said ominously, “Please fill in empty chairs so each table has eight people. You are going to do some work this morning. You can’t really understand the concept of civil engagement unless you actually do it.” […]

Read More ›

Minneapolis by Minivan

Hi, I’m Michael May. I’m one of the adult services librarians at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa, which is about five hours south of Minneapolis by minivan. My colleagues and I are driving up this afternoon. This is my first PLA conference and I am excited. I wonder if Minneapolis resident and award-winning novelist […]

Read More ›

Live interactive book group led by Oprah Winfrey & Eckhardt Tolle

This just in from the ALA Public Programs Office (PPO): For the first time ever, readers around the world will be able to participate in a free, live interactive book discussion program, led by [Oprah] Winfrey and [Eckhardt] Tolle. Each weekly class will be presented as a webcast and correspond to a chapter from “A […]

Read More ›

Boston publisher appeals to boys with nonfiction

I saw this story about how a publisher is using nonfiction to appeal to the hard-to-capture boys market on NECN (New England Cable News) this morning, and thought it was pretty interesting. The video is 4:25 long (there was no code for me to embed it here), and worth a watch. It’s curious to me […]

Read More ›