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How to find Your Next Digital Book

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by Marion Wells p ’13, George School Library Director 

Everyone seems to be reading these days. Well, at least that is the perception when you look around and see everyone looking at screens. Walk through a park, stroll through a store, navigate a busy sidewalk in a city and you will see that everyone is reading!

Do you ever wonder what everyone is reading? It used to be you could see book covers. Fewer and fewer book covers can be seen these days, so one is left to wonder. What about the jogger I saw who was actually running while holding a tablet in front of his face? What was he reading that was so compelling that he had to read it during his run?

I still subscribe to reading print books and enjoy the many conversations I have with people who are interested in what I am reading. They see the book cover and feel compelled to ask me about the book, or let me know that they have read the book. We compare criticisms of the work without spoiling the ending. The reverse is true, too, where I will chat with a perfect stranger about a book they are reading. There suddenly is no divide. We are on a friendly playing field having a good conversation about literature. The print book is somewhat of a peace offering, a cup of tea, a handshake. It can bring people together.

For those that read books digitally, how do you find your next book? Do you have a list of books that you want to read? If so, how did those titles make the list? Do you stick to the list, or do you stray, go rogue and find a book that you did not expect to read? Perhaps you are a devotee of the New York Times Book Review and follow the review paths. Or, maybe you feel obligated to read a book that someone recommends.

Have you used your local, public library recently? Public libraries have evolved over the years to become places where one finds reading materials and research resources that cover a wide range of interests. If you want quick access to eBooks, search the online catalog of your local library and much like you would do with a print book, you can checkout the digital book for a loan period that is set by the library. Within minutes, you can have your next book downloaded and ready to go. Public libraries are also community hubs where you can take advantage of a wide range of programming, which can include lectures, presentations, musical and dance performances, technology classes, literacy training, and so much more. Consider visiting the website of your local library to find out about upcoming events and be sure to search the online catalog to locate your favorite print and digital books.

Other places to find digital books is on Google Play Books where you can often find books that are in the public domain, so they are freely available or can be purchased for as low as a few dollars. Goodreads is a popular site for book lovers where you can create your own reading lists, see what other people are reading, read reviews, get tips on running a book club, and more!

The important thing is that we keep reading. In my perfect world, everyone loves to read!

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What’s on Your Shelf? A Reading Interview with Joelle Sanphy

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Joelle’s “Shelfie”

Please welcome Renaissance-woman, Substitute Teacher, and Library Assistant, Joelle Sanphy ’08 to the blog this week. (Interested in checking out a book Joelle mentions here? Linked titles will take you to the MDA Library Catalog record.) Continue reading

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Notes from the Library: New Books

In celebration of National Poetry Month please check out these new poetic titles available in the MDA Library:

How I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson
How I Discovered Poetry

2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Marilyn Nelson, a National Book Award Finalist, recipient of the Robert Frost Medal, and Newbery Medal of Honor tells the story of her childhood in the 1950’s through fifty poems about race, the Civil Rights Movement, the beginnings of the feminist movement, and her own personal development as a young woman and artist. (To find this book in the MDA catalog click here.) Continue reading

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Nagini’s Chew Toys Wins at Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics Team 2015

Congratulations to the fourteen members of George School Reading Olympics Team, “Nagini’s Chew Toys,” for their blue ribbon finish at last week’s Buck County Reading Olympics.

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What’s On Your Shelf? An Interview with Librarian Marion Wells

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March is National Reading Month and the George School librarians encourage everyone to check out a book during spring break.

Want a little reading inspiration? Here is what George School librarian Marion Wells tells us about her reading interests and habits:

Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?

I love to read and am so grateful that I have the capability to read. Reading informs me about the world around me and helps me to navigate life. The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a survey in 2003 to assess the literacy rates of adults (anyone over the age of 16 and living in households or prisons) and one of the findings indicated that 30 million people function below a basic literacy level, meaning, among other things, they have difficulties reading the newspaper. This is a significant problem in our country that needs to be changed through education and social welfare advocacy. Reading is a basic right, which should not be seen as a privilege. Continue reading

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