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National Read Across America Day

Dr. Seuss from quickmeme.com

Dr. Seuss from quickmeme.com

Tomorrow is National Read Across America Day!  This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Dr. Seuss (pictured in the meme above).   The whole point of this day is to promote reading (derh!).

Seeing as how my coworkers are avid readers (working in a library and such), I figured I would ask them what they plan to be reading on Read Across American Day.  Below are recommended reading by CLP-Lawrenceville staff:

Civil War

I am legend

Scott Pilgrim

The moon and more**Karen’s a cheater because she’s reading an ARC of The moon and more!**

Feed

The ultimates 2

I hope to catch you all reading on Saturday, March 2!  Leave us a comment about what you plan to read on National Read Across America Day!

 

Happy reading!

-Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

Friday vs. Kung-Fu Bicycles

By now I’m sure many of you have viewed Rebecca Black’s so-bad-it’s-created-a-viral-firestorm video about a day we know as Friday. If, however, you have not, I will embed it for easy watching:

When I saw this video popping up all over my Facebook feed, I ignored it as much as I could because the last thing I need is a poppy earworm infecting my workday.   But then it was explained to me that people liked it because it was bad. And there are few things I like more than unintentionally bad media. Not in a mean way—I’m just fascinated with people’s interactions with and interpretations of the pop culture machine.

Friday wasn’t the worst thing I’d ever seen. It just seemed sort of naïve and sweet , in short, what Rebecca Black’s version of partying is. I read a little more about it (mostly through this know your meme article) and found out that Black was represented by a company called Ark Music Factory (explained in this Gawker article ) –a company that sends songs to its young artists and makes videos for these songs, hoping to create a viral sensation a la Justin Bieber.  And I guess it kind of worked! Just not in the way they’d hoped.

This reminded me of a favorite documentary of mine – Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story.  You can watch an hour of it on Hulu or read about it on the PBS website or even put  a hold on the copy that the library owns.

 Before the Internet, you could pay to have your song lyrics become a real song. It cost about $200 to have someone write the song for you.  IMHO, this produces much more original results than Friday (no offense, Rebecca Black, you seem very sweet, as evidenced in this clip of your appearance on Jay Leno). 

For example, people’s obsessions sometimes shine through when they’re sending their original lyrics in. Compare “Friday” to Caglar Juan Singletary’s “Nonviolent Taekwondo Troopers”  and his song about Annie Oakley.

Would you rather listen to a song about a day that comes after Thursday and the perils of choosing where to sit in a car OR a song about a super bicycle named Angelaria, and  who we should thank for Priscilla Presley?

Well, you don’t really have to choose. I find it’s good to be well-rounded when it comes to exploring the world of packaged artists and song-poems.  Like “Friday”, these songs are genuinely catchy and you may find that they’ve insinuated themselves into your list of favorite things to hear.  They’re a refreshing alternative to the stuff you might hear all the time on the radio.

-Tessa

Jen’s Meme

Books mentioned in this meme.

Harry Potter    So Yesterday  Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist  Twilight   The Good Earth        Grapes of Wrath  Great Expectations Johnny Got His Gun  Terrorist  Seedfolks

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Honestly?
I’ll probably be chastised for admitting this, but the rest of the Harry Potter series.  I read the first three books and then burned out.  While I enjoyed them at the time, it wasn’t enough to continue.  I think my interest wanes too quickly for anything beyond trilogies.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?

A day in NYC: First, I would like to spend the day frolicking around with Hunter Braque from So Yesterday; it would be fascinating to hang out with the guy who decides what’s cool.  Then I would listen to some live music with Nick and Norah from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.  After that, I would conclude my evening clubbing with Edward, the hottest vampire ever, from Twilight. 

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
It would be a tie between the three G’s (a.k.a. the worst required reading from my high school days):  The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations.

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Once again, the Harry Potter series.  And it’s not that I pretended to read it, I just didn’t volunteer that I didn’t finish it when people talk about it.

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
Nope.  How about this one though:  Has there ever been a book that you thought you haven’t read, but when you start it, it turns out that you did?”  While this has never happened to me, it often happens to our customers who usually only read from our Bestsellers table, which is always populated with the works of Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, etc.  Typically, these customers wish that our computers kept track of everything they’ve ever checked out.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP.)
If I were the official book advisor to a not-to-be-named war monger who doesn’t read, I would first recommend Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo because it’s written in a straightforward way that doesn’t require higher level thinking skills and the subject matter packs a powerful punch.  I gave this book to my cousin who was considering enlisting and now he’s in trade school instead – I like to think I played a small role in this decision.

 Jen – CLP, West End

 

Book Meme!!

I love meme’s! What’s a meme, you might ask? Well, according to dictionary.com, it’s “a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.”  In blogland, it’s often used to refer to surveys and things that make their way across the internet, being filled out by people all over the world. Below is a meme I found on a teen volunteer’s blog (Katie Cullen Reads – go there for book reviews, too) that I couldn’t resist. Do you feel the same? Then fill it out and post it as a comment!

Karen, Teen Services Coordinator

Books mentioned in this meme:

Dune by Frank Herbert  The Lark and the WrenEmily of New Moon     Suite Scarlett     Kite Runner     Secret Garden              

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Honestly?
Dune by Frank Herbert. I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and ever since I was a little kid people have asked me if I’ve read Dune and, when I say no, told me that I have to read it. I don’t like being told what to do, so I haven’t! And I probably never will.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
That is a tough one! I think that I would love to go camping (preferably somewhere with running water and swimming, but very few people) with Rune from The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey, Emily from Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery, and Spencer from Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. (Note: that last one is kind of a stopgap because I can’t think of anyone else right now, and I reserve the right to change my answers were this mythical camping trip to ever actually take place.)

 (Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
Almost anything by Jane Austen (please don’t hate me).

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
At work, I do a lot of “I haven’t read that but I hear it’s good.” I try really hard not to say I’ve read something that I haven’t, especially if I’m recommending it to someone else! However, it is true that many people think I’ve read The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini, when in fact that is not the case.

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
I’m sure there has, although I can’t think of anything right now. What happens far more often (far too often) is that I start a book and, a few chapters in, realize that I’ve read it before.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP.)
The world would be a better place if everyone read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. And if this VIP doesn’t want to read a book about the healing power of friendship and nature, I don’t want to work for him/her anyway.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? 

I think I’ll go with Russian. It’s such a neat language, and I’ve heard that all those classic Russian novels are much better in the original language.

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
Uh…there are several books I reread at least once a year already, so I’ll go with The Secret Garden (seriously, people, it’s the best book ever). If you’re curious, some other books I read and reread are Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (and once I read that one, I usually have to reread the whole series), The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey and Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

 

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