Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 4:28 pm
Before Google there was — that paragon of accuracy and calm — the librarian. The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — a time capsule from an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions and conundrums.
Here's one salacious example: "I went to a New Year's Eve Party and unexpectedly stayed over. I don't really know the hosts. Ought I to send a thank-you note?" asked a "somewhat uncertain female voice" during a midafternoon telephone call on New Year's Day 1967.
On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins a pair of science-loving tweens on another treacherous adventure in Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith.
Title: Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage (Nick and Tesla, Book 2)
Author: “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:59 pm
Writer and illustrator Cece Bell has been creating children's books for over a decade, but in her latest, she finally turns to her own story — about growing up hearing-impaired, after meningitis left her "severely to profoundly deaf" at the age of 4.
The book, a mix of memoir, graphic novel and children's book, is called El Deafo. It's a funny, unsentimental tale that follows Cece from age 4 through elementary school, as she transforms from mild-mannered little girl into full-fledged superhero — the "El Deafo" of the title.
Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 3:38 pm
Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner whose verse is recognized for its wit and introspection, has died at age 80 from cancer, according to his daughter and a close family friend.