If You Have a Minute This Weekend….

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If you find yourself with a few spare minutes between graduations, weddings, and general early summer frivolity, here are a few things to check out:

1. NPR’s Morning Edition had a segment about children’s books that may inspire a road trip. Mara Alpert, a librarian from the Los Angeles Public Library, had some excellent recommendations, including Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon about a boy who goes to baseball games in both America and Japan. A road trip to Japan could be tricky unless you have a boat or a plane, but going to a baseball game is as simple as finding the local Little League park!   Here’s the link to the story:

http://www.npr.org/2013/05/31/177930647/mara-alpert-s-favorite-books-for-kids

2. I’m totally addicted to this website that my son told me about – Humans of New York. Here’s the link:

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

The site has nothing to do with books, but looking at all of the faces makes me think of my favorite characters. Every person has a story, and Humans of New York reminds me of our shared humanity and how many ways there are to experience this journey.

3. Finally, how cool is this bookcase designed by artist Ron Arad….

One way to shelve books is by the the author’s home state.  The Minnesota shelf would be interesting – books by F. Scott Fitzerald, Louise Erdrich and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman all together.  And Ohio would be represented by Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting.  It could be a confusing way to locate books, but a good way to study geography!

Have a good weekend….

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