Friday Time Killers

Self-Published Books...Do They Suck?

Two robots, one of whom represents author Zoe Winters discuss the subject on the New York subway:

Letters with Character: Book Promo Invites Letters to Fictional Characters

As part of the promotion for What He's Poised to Do, Ben Greenman's forthcoming book of stories inspired by letters, Harper Perennial invites folks to submit a letter written to a fictional character.

Harper Perennial is posting selected letters at Letters With Character: the blog. There's a moving letter to Charlie of Stephen Chbosky's oft-challenged The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and a funny one to Lowly Worm of Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

Who would/will you write to?

Guys in Las Vegas Never Enjoyed Reading, Until Now...

from flickr user Roadsidepictures.

It's a New Month in the Book Trade

Shelf-Awareness on the first of the new month for your viewing pleasure:

Brave New Book World: Adapting to the Coup d'Etat/Apple Shines with iTie iNs/Borders' New Two-for-One Deal/Never-Ending Conference Becomes a Reality/Amazon Opens Northern Front

...also an ad for "Thin Thighs in Thirty Days", which claims NOT to be an April fool if you can believe it...

Time for Peeps

It's that time of the year...and since there seems to be some special relationship between librarians and peeps (can someone please explain that to me?)

Here's the Washington Post's celebration of the wee marshmallow treats, from their fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest that drew more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries. See the winner -- a candy-colored take on the movie "Up" -- and 37 of their favorites at the 'Peeps Show'. For Peep-0-maniacs, here's video of the top five entries including a sweet portrayal of the Margaret Wise Brown's classic "Goodnight Moon".

New York Times Roulette

Fun app to get to a random NYT news article from the last 24 hours. And from the same person, a random hit on the U.K.'s Guardian website.

What to do with your rainy weekend

Spring is here and for rainy weekends around the country I would like to propose that we all get away from the gloomy news of melting economies and shrinking budgets and have some fun by watching one or all of the ten most notable movies that have scenes with libraries and librarians in them. Please feel free to add to this list, here is what I found http://www.filmlibrarian.info/

American Enterprise, Chronicling the Creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Saturday Night Live take-off on the significance of the creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores...something that could apply equally to libraries, don't you think?

How a Book Is Made (Old Skool)

A fascinating video originally produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1947, it shows the process of turning a manuscript into a physical book (minus the editorial part) using the technology of the time.

Printing a book, old skool. Notice how the 'men' use the big machines, and the 'girls' do the assembly. We've come a long way baby.

Did You Meet The Love of Your Life @ Library School?

Clarion University of Pennsylvania has a page on Facebook, and is inviting its members to relate stories of how they met their significant other at library school. They also have a page of couples photos on the site.

Here's their page on facebook; as Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, please add your own love story in the comments. Did you meet that someone special at a lecture, in the library, in the cafeteria or at the gym? Let us know, and of course where & when you went to library school.

Thanks to Kelly Palma for the tip!

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