In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library in his front yard as a tribute to his mother, a schoolteacher. It was a small, weatherproof box in the shape of a one-room schoolhouse with a simple message: “Take a book, return a book.” Inspired by the positive response of his neighbors, Bol built more libraries, and a grassroots literary movement was born. As of 2015, an estimated 25,000 Little Free Libraries are in operation across the globe—in small towns without a public library and busy cities; in refugee camps and police stations; front yards and local parks. (Locally, Upper Arlington is home to four Little Free Libraries, while nearby Clintonville is home to six.) The Little Free Library Book tells the story of the movement’s beginning and showcases the libraries—and stories—of dozens of library stewards. The book also includes helpful tips and information for those interested in starting their own library.
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It's that time of the year: the listing of the “Best Books of 2012” is available from Random House Publications.
Three of “The 10 Best Books of 2012” according to the New York Times Book Review are
To mark the 200th anniversary of 'Pride and Prejudice,' novelists, movie makers and scholars are releasing a flood of new homages to Jane Austen. Check out some links of interest:
- 200 Years of 'Pride and Prejudice' Book Design
- Austen Power
- 'Pride and Prejudice' Turns 200! 6 Facts to Know About Jane Austen
- Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen fans celebrate novel's 200th anniversary
- Jane Austen: What books were on her reading list?
New York Times writing critics spend time making lists of their ten favorite books of 2012. Not the best books but their favorite books. Requirements for a book to make the favorite list — “would I give this book to a friend?” Find out more here.
This is the story of a reluctant adventurer who battles enormous forces. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, likes his creature comforts and is unsure as he sets out on an incredible journey to complete an important task. In order to succeed he needs to learn how to get along with others and stand up for what he believes in. It is an inspiring tale of adventure, fellowship, uncertainty, and strength.