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Books We Write: Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries by Megan Lotts

Interviews with Authors Art librarian Megan Lotts recently published a new book entitled Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement. It gave us the idea to launch a new interview series about titles that Books We Read affiliates have written or are currently working on.  Known for her imagination, creativity, and vision, … Read More

Summer Reading: Book Sculptures

Tired of reading books? Tired of listening to books? Tired of talking about books? Here’s another creative activity related to books: book sculptures. Full disclosure: we never get tired of anything related to books (including dusting bookshelves). Book sculptures or, in other words, literary sculptures, range from a simple (?) origami using pages of recycled … Read More

Finding Humor for Emotional Strength

In Diem Perdidi by Julie Otsuka, the narrator recounts her experiences dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s progression. Alzheimer’s is an unforgiving, unpredictable disease. Periods of lucidity are contrasted with periods of confusion. Memories are conflated in a cruel time-traveling continuum, as short-term memory is often erased, but long-term memories remain. As with all terminal illnesses, … Read More

Translating Stories to Make Sense

If this story doesn’t speak to you, you are lucky. If this story doesn’t speak to you yet, it will. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia. A progressive brain disease, Alzheimer’s actually starts decades before the first signs appear. Symptoms … Read More

Language Preservation on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain

Matapris oli. The only sentence I remember from my one-semester course of an endangered Finno-Ugric language called Mansi, as part of the Master’s program at the Kossuth Lajos University (KLTE), Debrecen, Hungary at the end of the 1970s. To fulfill the requirements in diachronic linguistics, we had to pick one language from the Finno-Ugric language … Read More