What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

Reading, Books, Summer Reading

After reading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, I realized that such a storyline depicted in his science-fiction short story could very well become a reality if we are not careful. Based on the premise that books are illegal and firemen are sent out to ‘set’ fires to burn books versus putting them out simply because you own and read books, seems outrageous. I highly recommend reading this book although it was originally published in 1953, it still remains relevant.

As farfetched as something like this sounds in reality, but not as impossible as one might think, perhaps take a look and observe how many people are entranced by their smartphones versus those you see who maybe actually reading a book, a Nook or Kindle. My summer reading list actually began in January and ends in December. But as I go through my collection of books on my shelves that have gone unread and instead collected dust and a few cobwebs throughout the years, I have brushed the dust off of these volumes and grabbed my bookmarks. I’m taking some serious year-round vacations from the comfort of my home.

If you don’t want to buy a book then by all means, hit your local library and check one or two or three out. What’s on your summer reading list?


Hey Library Lovers, this Month is for You!

Library Lover's Month, Library, Books, Research

While the Internet has given us faster access to our queries, do you still visit your local library? Throughout the month of February, we are observing Library Lover’s Month. This vintage poster made by the Illinois WPA Art Project Chicago highlights the source of the art of continued learning. “For greater knowledge on more subjects use your library often!”

Don’t forget about those great research institutions that are free to access and where we still find a bounty of books on every subject imaginable. Many of us still remain card-carrying members of our local library. Check out a public library near you!

Happy #LibraryLoversMonth

Nikki Giovanni Poetry during Library Lover’s Month

Library, Books, Library Lover's Month

In celebration of Library Lover’s Month and Black History Month, we are spotlighting the following poem “My First Memory (Of Librarians)” by poet, Nikki Giovanni.

My First Memory (Of Librarians)
By Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.

The Ninth Day of Poetry spotlights the 2015 Poet’s Market

Poet's Market, Writer's Market, 12 Days of PoetryOn the ninth day of poetry my true love gave to me the 2015 Poet’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer (Content Editor). Many of you sent me a message inquiring about a resource for poetry publishing. So instead of waiting until the last day of the 12 Days of Poetry, I decided to move this post up to today’s spotlight. I’m sure many who are reading this post already know about the Poet’s Market, but for those of you who don’t, let me quickly update you on the content.

Poet’s Market, published by Writer’s Digest includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets. This resource guide offers listings for book/chapbook publishers, poetry publications and contests, along with contact information, submission preferences, insider tips and so much more. You will also find articles on the craft, business and promotion of poetry. There are oodles of tips to help you form and become a highly productive poet. You can find a copy of this guide at your local book store, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.

As an added bonus, if you are a writer looking for similar opportunities, then you can check out the 2015 Writer’s Market. You can also find a copy of this guide at your local book store, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com. If you’re in search of a writing helpmate for your favorite writer or poet, or if you simply want a writing resource guide for yourself, then either one of these guides will be a great addition to any writer’s library.

Is Your Child a Member of a Book Club?

We know when parents and adults encourage and inspire children to read, it becomes habitual for them to foster that desire to read. Many parents and adults use bedtime as a time to read their children a story that will help them go to sleep. The quality time you spend with children helping them to develop good reading habits, can also lead to developing creative writing skills.

Just as adults have book clubs to share and discuss particular books for those with likeminded literary interests, there should be more book clubs for children as well. I was particularly blown away when I saw the massive readers who are part of the Harry Potter Book Club. The dialogue exchanged between children and many adults about the different series of Harry Potter Books, consists of thousands of readers who  contribute to the increased brand awareness that probably blew J.K. Rowling away!

Often children will engage is some type of sports or music related activity outside regular school hours. But, why not start a Book Club for Children, either in conjunction with your local library, benevolent organizations or even collaborating with a local bookstore? A children’s book club will give them the experience of discussing and interacting with other children and encourage them to read more. Sometimes reading breaks down certain learning barriers that many children tend to struggle with. Children are interactive creatures and a book club is ideal for that educational interaction that could shape the direction of their future learning.