Happy Birthday, JK Rowling and Harry Potter

July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Raymond Chander

July 23, 2014

Win the Hemingway Sweepstakes!

July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Alice Munro!

July 10, 2014

This Week in Literature Censorship: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

June 12, 2014

Book in Question: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
Complaint: According to Doctorow, it’s “the book’s positive view of questioning authority, lauding “hacker culture”, and discussing sex and sexuality in passing.”
Result: The principal of Booker T Washington High in Pensacola, Florida cancelled the school’s One School/One Book summer reading program featuring Little Brother.

Author response: “I think that the role of an educator is to encourage critical thinking and debate, and that this is a totally inappropriate way to address ‘controversial’ material in schools.” Also, the publisher, Tor Books, is sending 200 free copies of the paperback to the high school.

You can listen to Doctorow’s full reponse here:

(via Boing Boing, h/t Jacket Copy)

$20 All Adult tees for Father’s Day

June 4, 2014

Allen Ginsberg and Poetry

June 3, 2014

RIP Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014

Published on This Day: A Clockwork Orange

May 14, 2014

Shop our A Clockwork Orange collection

30% OFF Spring Sale

May 13, 2014

This Week in Literature Censorship: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

May 8, 2014

UPDATE: 5/12: We are happy to report that the Wilson County school district has restored “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” to its student readings lists! (read the story here, via The Tennessean)

UPDATE: 5/9
Editorial in The Tennessean titled “Banning Books is Never the Answer”

Book in Question: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

Complaint: Offensive language

The Wilson County School District in Tennnessee banned The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from its reading list for ninth-graders taking honors-level English classes. “The F-bomb is pretty common in that book, and that’s what I have a problem with,” said board member Wayne McNeese. “I’m not dumb enough to think students don’t hear that language, but it doesn’t mean we should promote it.” (h/t The Tennessean)

Remembering Maurice Sendak: 1928-2012

Remembering Maurice Sendak, who died on this day, May 8, in 2012.

Update: PS 244 Library Fundraiser

May 7, 2014

Bring Back Our Girls

May 6, 2014

“Education is not simply to learn to read and write. It’s emancipation. It makes you free.” -Ziauddin Yousafzai

Weekend Reading: May 3-4, 2014

May 2, 2014

The Kentucky Derby, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is this Saturday, May 3rd. If you read anything this weekend, let it be this essay by Hunter S. Thompson, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, sketched by Ralph Steadman, 1970 (via Grantland and brianb.freeshell.org).

Random Readings

Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 3

California Bookstore Day – Saturday, May 3

This Week in Literature Censorship: Hop on Pop

April 30, 2014

Book in Question: Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (1963)
Complaint: Encourages children to use violence against their fathers
Suggested: Remove from Toronto library collection, issue an apology to fathers in the GTA (Greater Toronto area) and pay for damages resulting from the book.

Findings: The children are actually told not to hop on pop. “STOP You must not hop on Pop.”

(h/t GalleyCat)

Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!

April 28, 2014

Free Shipping through April 30!

Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bronte!

April 21, 2014

National Library Week: Saul Bellow

April 18, 2014

Rest in Peace – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 17, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died today, April 17, at age 87.

Found: NYPL – George Washington’s Beer

Found: NYPL

George Washington’s personal recipe for “small beer,” which appears in the notebook dating from 1757 that Washington kept while he served as a colonel in the Virginia militia.

To make Small Beer

Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. “” Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler & strain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. Let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast if the weather is very cold, cover it over with a Blanket & let it work in the Cooler 24 hours. Then put it into the Cask “” leave the Bung[hole] open till it is almost done working “” Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.

P.S. 244 Students Love The Library

During National Library Week, we are donating a portion of our sales to Public School 244 (Pre-K to 3rd grade) in Queens, New York to help them get a fully functional library.

On our visit to the school last week, we asked the students about their favorite books, characters and what they loved about libraries.

Here are some of their responses!








Find out more about our fundraiser to help P.S. 244 get a fully functional library

WCW – Nancy Pearl

April 16, 2014

Our Woman Crush Wednesday for National Library Week is super librarian Nancy Pearl!

Why Librarians Are Better Than Google

April 15, 2014

Library Fundraiser – P.S. 244


P.S. 244 (The Active Learning Elementary School “TALES”) is an early childhood public school (Pre-K to 3rd grade) located in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York. The majority of students do not speak English at home and qualify for subsidized meal plans, yet at TALES they thrive. A model for public schools at both the national and state level, P.S. 244 has been recognized for its focus on health and nutrition and ranks among the healthiest schools in the country. In 2013, P.S. 244 also ranked 11th in the state for test scores and has been heralded for its innovative curriculum and extremely hard working staff.

With all of these strengths, they also have challenges. The school’s current library has no formal checkout system and relies on volunteer staff. The result? The space serves more like a reading room than a true library. Students aren’t able to check out and read these books at home, families miss out on sharing the joy of reading with their kids and the school is unable to implement a summer reading program to enhance student reading skills during off-school periods.

Help us to give this school and its students the library they deserve. During National Library Week (April 13-20), we are donating a portion of our sales to purchase and implement a scanning system for P.S. 244 and to train staff to manage it. We will post updates after the donation and share stories from students and teachers about the impact of this new system.

National Library Week: Ben Franklin

April 14, 2014

Happy National Library Week, everyone!

We will be expressing our love for libraries all week with quotes, fun facts and other surprises so please share and help us spread the word!

Remembering Kurt Vonnegut

April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday, The Great Gatsby!

April 10, 2014

Celebrity Slam Poetry with Jimmy Fallon

April 9, 2014


Samuel L. Jackson performs slam poem about “Boy Meets World” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, 2014. (h/t GalleyCat)


Tom Hanks performs slam poem about “Full House” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 2012. (h/t GalleyCat)