Doesn’t this sound neat?

At The Open Book, in Wigtown, Scotland, you can fulfill your dream of running a bookstore. The unique Airbnb flat costs just 57 USD a night, but it comes with a stipulation: renters also work at the bookshop on the first floor, doing everything that a regular bookshop owner might do in a regular, 40-hour work-week.

Source: Travellers Staying At This Place In Scotland Take Turns Running The Bookshop Downstairs | Bored Panda

Greenbriar Flyer, April 2016

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Hooray!  I’m not sure if we’re getting any more readers from this but we’re definitely getting more book donations.

Right now, we’re getting an average of 5 new books donated each day – faster than I can keep up with stamping and adding BookCrossing bookplates.

I have started reading up on starting a Geocache nearby, as well.  Want to know more?

It’s all good!


Picture Books to Teach Empathy and Compassion


This is a book list of picture books to teach empathy. A reader emailed the author and asked for a list of books which would help her child to think a little bit less about worldly goods, and a little more about the importance of appreciating non-tangible values like generosity, humility, compassion and kindness. In other words, these are books which help teach children to reject a sense of privileged entitlement.

Read the article here: Picture Books to Teach Empathy and Compassion

Have an E-Reader?

You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free.

There’s good news for all the e-bookworms out there. The New York Public Library released an app today that allows anyone with a library card (and an iOS or Android phone).

It’s called SimplyE and will allow you to read books on your phone, but beware, there might be a wait list for some popular titles, including the Game of Thrones series. (Check out the Harry Potter books, quick!)

The online collection will continue to grow, and there are Kindle and web browser versions in development. But, for now, take a break from Pokemon Go and read to your digital heart’s content.

Source: You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free

Two Editions Of The Same Book Demonstrate How Our Society Has Changed In 30 Years

This was one of my son’s favorite books as a child.


When Alan Taylor, senior editor at The Atlantic was reading to his kids, he noticed something unusual.He was reading The Best Word Book Ever by renowned children’s author Richard Scarry, whose animal-populated worlds have charmed generations of children.

In fact, Alan had a copy of the book himself as a child.But as he was reading it, he noticed some changes. He immediately compared his kids’ copy — published in 1991 — with the copy he remembered — published in 1963.

It turns out that Richard Scarry, who has authored more than 300 books for kids since 1949, has also been updating his works from time to time.

Read the rest of the article at: Two Editions Of The Same Book Demonstrate How Our Society Has Changed In 30 Years