Reading Addict

Reading Is a Makerspace by Rebecca Howard

Maker culture is all the rage right now and for good reason.  Makerspaces foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. They encourage people to look at things in new, different ways and give reluctant learners a safe place to explore science, math, art, and technology. These learning environments build confidence and inspire ingenuity. And as liberating and fun as maker culture is, I contend that libraries have been part of maker culture since the beginning, just as we are today in some new, exciting ways (Have you tried that 3-D printer out at Librarium?). 

Haunted by the Golem and the Jinni by Adrienne Teague

I cannot stop thinking about Helene Wecker's book, The Golem and the Jinni. I finished it three days ago, but I just can’t get it out of my head.

The Mummy's Curse by Will Thomas

 We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing mummies walk and archeologists fall prey to Egyptian curses in movies and cartoons that we forget there was a time when the public wondered if such things were real. In 1920’s London, soon after Harold Carter first opened King Tut’s tomb, there was a rash of unexplained or questionable deaths among the original party that opened the tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Books I Shouldn't Have Liked by Cindy Hulsey

I’m not really one for surprises, but occasionally it’s nice to be surprised by a book that you’re pretty sure you won’t like. This usually happens to me when the characters, writing style and story transcend the elements of the book that don’t appeal to me. A few examples:

Precocious Protagonists by Cindy Hulsey

I have a soft spot in my heart for precocious protagonists—adolescent characters wise beyond their years, sometimes living in difficult circumstances, who can be both hilarious and heartbreaking. When I was a child I loved Harriet the Spy and I’m still delighted by smart-alecky kids—in literature, not in real-life!

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