Monthly Link Pack – March 2015

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– What would a child say to a fictional whale? Find out in this absolutely charming TED talk by award-winning author, Mac Barnett. And yes, we have the book in our collection.

Quizlet is the greatest study tool to come around in a long while, and it’s free. My son and I use it weekly to help him prep for quizzes and tests.

– WOW. Have you seen the after pictures of the Boston Public Library renovation? The children’s section is so colorful and fun, but the teen section is my favorite. #daytrip

– Do you ever get confused by the Dewey Decimal System? If so, this is a nice visual guide → DewyDigger.com. Hover over the pictures to see subject headings.

– Apparently, Steven Soderbergh, Director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic, among others movies, keeps a list of all the media he consumes in a year. Here is his list for 2014.

– If you want to save a list of everything you checked out from the library, you can. When you log into your account through the library website, look for the “My Reading History” button on the right side of the screen. Click that. Then click the “Keep History” button. It will save your reading history going forward.

– Do you want to join a book group or a writing group? The Portsmouth Writers Salon has compiled a list of literary groups on the Seacoast, including our very own Creative Writing and Memoir groups. Thanks for the tip @jlstevens1 and @TamaraJCollins!

– Speaking of book groups, do you know about Reads-to-Go? It’s a book club in a bag. Basically, you borrow a big bag which contains 15 copies of the same book. It is available to libraries and book clubs throughout New Hampshire. To learn how to borrow a kit, click here. To browse available kits, click here. Or just ask us at the circulation desk. We can help you. Don’t have your own book club? Join the library’s!

Bibliothecaphilia, a new exhibit at MASS MoCA, celebrates libraries and the books they hold. The show features six artists whose work comments on the role of libraries and books in people’s lives. The exhibit is on view through January 1, 2016. via WSJ.

50 great book cover designs from 2014. Do you have a favorite?

– The New York Times has a series called – By the Book. The tagline is “Writers on literature and the literary life.” They ask authors questions like, “What books are currently on your night stand?” and “What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?”
I just love that kind of stuff, don’t you?


– SNAPSHOT of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (2/28/15)

1. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins.

2. A spool of blue thread : a novel / Anne Tyler.

3. The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

4. Falling in Love : A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery / Donna Leon.

5. Station eleven / Emily St. John Mandel.


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The Monthly Link Pack is a blog series curated by Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at jamoore@cityofportsmouth.com.

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