Friday, January 27, 2006

Book Appetit

From our friends at Albany Public Library: books and food - together at last! Their Book Tastings program on Wednesday was awesome. We all (and like 50 people signed up in this itty bitty city of 100K) had read Julie and Julia. We talked about it. We crammed our faces with expensive foodie foods provided free at the location: Mezzo Marketplace & Eatery. We drank too much wine. I won a $10 gift card. Golden all around. I defy you to tell me how this isn't the best thing for any library. C'mon. C'mon. I didn't think so.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Dewey Decibel System

Our friends at This American Life give us the story of an audacious act of rebranding done by a group of people who aren't normally thought of as very audacious: public librarians. In Michigan, they've started staging rock concerts in libraries. The band that's been thrown into the experiment – The High Strung – couldn't be more perfect for the job. Listen here or from their webpage: it's the 8/5/05 episode.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Big Screen Books: Rushmore

The Night Life of Bees

From our friends over at the NY Times:

Spellings bees, for generations the province of the under-12 set with braces, have acquired a cultural prominence in recent years that is winning them adult attention and the kind of participants who might otherwise be found at downtown art gallery openings or indie rock concerts.

Adult-only spelling bees, born of nostalgia and spiked with alcohol, have become increasingly popular social activities for brainy hipsters in their 20's and 30's at bars and community centers from Brooklyn to Spokane, Wash. Gone are the days when the sole opportunity to demonstrate one's spelling aptitude was in school. A new kind of bee has emerged, one where participants tackle baffling words between flirty smiles and sips of Yuengling.

"A lot of recovered high school geek behavior is coming out," she said. "It's appealing because it's a kind of structured way to be with your friends that isn't just sitting around a bar and talking."

Put it in a library...and you've got yourself a stew going!