Douglas Adams, RIP :(

Today is the anniversary of the day when Douglas Adams suffered a spontaneous existence failure. We miss you, you silly brilliant man. (Towel Day will be on May 25)

Adams was author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy.

Adams also wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who; he also served as script editor for the show’s seventeenth season in 1979.

I first started reading Adam’s wonderfully quirky books when I was inpatient at NIH waiting for pituitary surgery…and ended up reading them all.  Then, I got my son hooked on them.

 

April 4 ~ National School Librarian Day!

I spent many years helping the school librarian in my son’s elementary school.

They do fantastic things!

April 4th is National School Librarian Day.  It is set aside to honor all school librarians.

School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized, helping our children find the resources they need to keep learning and are dedicated to creating an environment they can learn in every day of the year.  All of this hard work often goes unappreciated.

The school librarians aid our youth in many ways, and their patience sets an example for our children on a daily basis.

Read the entire article here: NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY – April 4 | National Day Calendar

 

It’s National Read A Book Day Again

Shouldn’t every day be Read a Book Day?

In another of the “Who Knew” Holidays…

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National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.

Don’t keep it to yourself.  Share the experience!  Read aloud to anyone who will listen.

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Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress.   Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!

 

From 65 Things you can recycle right now 

Books are a weakness of mine. I find it hard to part with them once I’ve read them. They just look so pretty on the bookcase! But they take up space, and if you want to buy new books, you have to part with the old ones.

Books are quite straightforward to sell. If you’ve got textbooks Amazon and eBay are a great place to start, textbooks tend to be quite expensive and some editions will sell for a lot of money. Novels are harder to sell because they are mass produced, so you likely won’t make that much money selling them. If you decide to sell novels, you may make more money selling books as a collection than selling as singles.

If you don’t fancy navigating the wilds of auction selling, there are plenty of companies that will take books off your hands in bulk. Most of these options give you a way to check how much you’ll make before selling, make sure to pay attention as you may only be offered a few pence for each of your books. There are lots of links to selling sites at the end of this article for you to explore.

If you don’t want to sell you can donate books to a school, library or charity shop. It’s always a good idea to check with the shop before donating. Book swapping is a great way to exchange old books for new books. All you need to do is make friends with other readers and agree to swap books when you are done. I used to do this with about three friends and once a book had done the rounds we donated it to a charity shop.

You could also set up a book swap in your school, office, church or any other group you belong to. Simply put books you don’t want on a bookshelf and let others take them for free. Books contain many adventures, but what if your book went on an adventure of its own?

Similar to the book swapping option, Book Crossing encourages you to send your books out into the wild, only you’ll be able to track where they’ve been via a number of journal entries left by whoever is reading them at the time.

 

Source: 65 Things you can recycle right now – Vintage Cash Cowriosities