Listen to This!

Whew! After a week of dystopia it is time for the Dangerous Library Book Pushers to feature some (possibly) lighter reading fare. In fact, these suggestions are so light you won’t even have to pick them up! What I have in mind are e-audiobooks. What could be better for long car trips to vacation destinations or even short hops between work and home? With your MyTyler log-in and password you can choose from over 1,000 e-audiobook titles as well as music and videos. Your log-in will allow you to check-out up to 4…continue reading →

For the Birds

Looking for an outdoor adventure that is both cheap and nearby? You might want to take a trip downtown to view the great blue heron rookery in the middle of the James River. Now is the best time to go before the trees leaf out and obscure your view of the herons’ nests. Parking along Byrd Street, walk to 12th street, turn toward the river and follow the signs to the Pipeline Walk. Climb a short ladder down to the metal walkway. Across the river you can see the island with dozens of…continue reading →

Please, No Oreos in the Library!

Remember your elementary school librarian telling you to use your “soft voices”? In this Oreo commercial aired during last night’s Super Bowl the library patrons are doing just that—despite having a major argument over which part of the Oreo cookie is best. Remember to use your “soft voice” when you visit us at the John Tyler libraries.continue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: Fairy Tales from the BrothersGrimm

A little over 200 years ago (December, 1812) brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published their collection of folk and fairy tales titled Children’s and Household Tales.  The Grimms continued to update their compilation over the next fifty years and amazingly the stories are as popular in the 21st century as they were in the 19th.  Think of the television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and the recent movie adaptations of Snow White. According to National Geographic the fairytales have been translated into over 160 languages! Philip Pullman, author of the…continue reading →

New Year, New Semester, New You

The Dangerous Library Book Pushers welcome you to the first day of classes for Spring Semester 2013! Is it time for you to make some resolutions for the New Year and new semester? Here are some suggestions for making this your best year ever: Did you know that sharing your goals can help you maintain your resolutions? Try adding your intentions to the Google interactive resolution map on the Google Zeitgeist page. Undecided on a resolution? Try the 2013 Resolution Generator. Each click gives you a new goal. You could “Eat a Mango”…continue reading →