A Digital Talking Book Machine, with an audiobook cartridge inside of it, pictured in front of a backdrop of snow-topped mountains and trees

An Old Friend in a New Format

Mon., Jul. 22
Looking back on it, I definitely had low expectations when reaching into the depths of my mother’s childhood closet. I was an avid reader in middle school, and I was instructed to dig through a cardboard box stuffed with paperbacks to see if I wanted to keep any. I expected to come across old classics, a high school workbook or two (not exactly of interest),…

Teen Media Awards 2019

Fri., Jul. 19
Every creative act is, in some way, a reflection on our world. No matter how fantastic a piece of science fiction or dreamy a painting, everything we create says something about our lives, our experiences and our societies. The Teen Media Awards offers a panoramic view of the insightful ways that teenagers interpret this present age.
Paths of Heart book cover

Paths of Heart--Writing Stories Told at Life's End

Mon., Jul. 15
“Death and dying are radioactive topics.” So says Richard Haverlack, author of Paths of Heart—Writing Stories Told at Life’s End (DBC 16051). Haverlack, who personally recorded his book for the LBPH narration program, began his own journey into this realm following the death of his father and later his beloved Uncle Frank who struggled in a hospital setting in his last days, before being moved…

Quality Time for Grandparents and Grandchildren at the Library

Fri., Jul. 12
If you’re one of the 100,000 grandparents raising a child in Pennsylvania, you might be looking for some fun – and free – activities to do with your little one. The New York Times reported families spent an average of $958 on summer expenses in 2014. Grandparents or caregivers who want to make the most of their time spent with their most beloved family members…
The Cover of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

An Epistolary blog post.

Mon., Jul. 8
Dear Reader/future reader/past readers/whoever wants to read this. It is just below an understatement how important books have been in my life. It isn’t just about the book itself but the memory I have attached to it. For instance, my very first journal entry was about my mom giving me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I wrote a couple pages on how much I…
Reamde Cover

Reamde: Yes I spelled that right

Mon., Jul. 1
Neal Stephenson has long been one of my  favorite authors, and Reamde is another awesome book by him.  I think I've written on him before, here and here, but Reamde has been on mind because the sequel came out.  But we do not have it so I cannot write on it.  Yet.  Anyways I reread this book in preparation for the sequel and loved it…