February192013

Exploring New York: Strand Bookstore

soashulmedia:

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Sometimes in “the Greatest City on Earth,” you go somewhere and find out that it’s (A) really really popular and (B) a huge tourist/locals destination. Enter: Strand Bookstore in the East Village. imageimage

On Saturday, I visited with my friend Glo for the first time and it was basically a playground for bibliophiles. Notice the suggestions above? Employees give you their own recommendations for books and when/why to read them. They have really thorough sections, like the Banned Book section:image

They also have super dope merchandise. I have a small tote bag addiction (read: I have upwards of 10 just for grocery shopping/additional storage on-the-go), but I had to have on of their cute bags:imageimage

And then there’s just the cute journals and cards that I did will myself not to buy. They have pretty much all of the coolest stuff for writers and doodlers. I was in heaven…..imageimageimage

And so, kiddos, I had a great time. If you visit NYC or you live here, definitely make a trip. You’ll leave with something you need, and probably a few things you just wanted really badly. If you have been to NYC before, where do you think I should go next? I’m trying to give this whole “exploring in the coldest winter” thing a try!

xoxo,

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May22012
February172012
Welcome to Books To Prisoners!
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Books To Prisoners (BTP) is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends books to prisoners in the United States.  BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities.  By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.
Want to donate your new or used books?
You can help a prisoner by donating new or used paperback books to BTP.

Which books are needed?

Welcome to Books To Prisoners!

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Books To Prisoners (BTP) is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends books to prisoners in the United States.  BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities.  By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.

Want to donate your new or used books?

You can help a prisoner by donating new or used paperback books to BTP.

January222012
September302011
dendroica:


In July, a state-appointed receiver closed the library to save money. The six staff members lost their jobs, while residents lost access to the statewide network that allowed them to borrow from the libraries of other towns. The handsome building went dark, its books unread, its videos unwatched, its computers unavailable to those looking for jobs.
But some people refused to close the book on a place that deeply mattered to this financially poor, ethnically rich city. Central Falls has more than enough boarded-up buildings; no need to add its library too.
The library’s survival hinged on the fact that while its operating costs are covered by the city, the building itself is owned by a private trust. Seizing the moment, the trust’s board of directors used this enforced downtime to make repairs in the old building and to install a library card system for Central Falls alone.
A month later, on Aug. 1, the Adams Memorial Library re-opened with limited hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Its reference and check-out desks are now staffed by a rotating band of volunteers, including Jerauld Adams, 41, the board chairman of the library trust, and Thomas Shannahan, 68, a board member and former director of the library. They hung a sign on the front door that said, with some defiance:
“Welcome to YOUR library.”

(via Central Falls, R.I., Library Fights to Stay Open - NYTimes.com)

dendroica:

In July, a state-appointed receiver closed the library to save money. The six staff members lost their jobs, while residents lost access to the statewide network that allowed them to borrow from the libraries of other towns. The handsome building went dark, its books unread, its videos unwatched, its computers unavailable to those looking for jobs.

But some people refused to close the book on a place that deeply mattered to this financially poor, ethnically rich city. Central Falls has more than enough boarded-up buildings; no need to add its library too.

The library’s survival hinged on the fact that while its operating costs are covered by the city, the building itself is owned by a private trust. Seizing the moment, the trust’s board of directors used this enforced downtime to make repairs in the old building and to install a library card system for Central Falls alone.

A month later, on Aug. 1, the Adams Memorial Library re-opened with limited hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Its reference and check-out desks are now staffed by a rotating band of volunteers, including Jerauld Adams, 41, the board chairman of the library trust, and Thomas Shannahan, 68, a board member and former director of the library. They hung a sign on the front door that said, with some defiance:

“Welcome to YOUR library.”

(via Central Falls, R.I., Library Fights to Stay Open - NYTimes.com)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

September32011
10 Books About Prison That Will Make You Rethink the United States Penal System
We take for granted that more than 2 million US citizens are incarcerated. These books suggest it’s time to rethink the whole operation.
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10 Books About Prison That Will Make You Rethink the United States Penal System

We take for granted that more than 2 million US citizens are incarcerated. These books suggest it’s time to rethink the whole operation.

READ MORE

August252011
August182011
“If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (via pantslessprogressive)

There’s a reason this man was elected President 4 times. Saying awesome things like this, is one of those reasons.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August152011
August122011
Book Ban: Virginia Bans Sherlock Holmes from School Libraries
The Albemarle, Virginia, County School Board has banned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet from sixth-​grade reading lists, because a parent challenged the book because it was “derogatory toward Mormons.” There’s a section about a community’s reaction to — gasp! — a non-Mormon man who wants to marry a Mormon girl in the 1800s. […]
{A Parent…not several people, not a group but “A Parent”. One Parent doesn’t like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so BAN. One Parent doesn’t like Kurt Vonnegut so BAN on “Slaughterhouse-Five” in Missouri. Why do we allow one person to trump the will of others, not to mention letting one person trump common sense?!}
 

Book Ban: Virginia Bans Sherlock Holmes from School Libraries

The Albemarle, Virginia, County School Board has banned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet from sixth-​grade reading lists, because a parent challenged the book because it was “derogatory toward Mormons.” There’s a section about a community’s reaction to — gasp! — a non-Mormon man who wants to marry a Mormon girl in the 1800s. […]

{A Parent…not several people, not a group but “A Parent”. One Parent doesn’t like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so BAN. One Parent doesn’t like Kurt Vonnegut so BAN on “Slaughterhouse-Five” in Missouri. Why do we allow one person to trump the will of others, not to mention letting one person trump common sense?!}

 

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