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I love the idea of the Little Free Library

I just discovered the concept of the Little Free Library, and I am absolutely thrilled by it! People build a small box (weather proof!) in which they place about twenty books, and people can take one of the books as they leave another. The libraries look like big bird houses or small dog houses, some of them sitting up on posts, others on the ground, and others hanging on walls inside places like cafés.

Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Wisconsin decided to “endow” these little libraries, reasoning that they could help build community and enjoyment for local people. So they founded Little Free Library, and people sign up to install and maintain a library of their own. They can order one from the original makers, or build their own.  (There’s now a Facebook Group devoted to these Little Library builders.) And they can decorate these small libraries and make them beautiful: have a look at some great examples on the original art page!

Isn’t this just the greatest idea? It reminds me somewhat of Book Crossing, the program where you label a book and record where you left it on the website, and then wait for someone to find it and — hopefully — post that they found it, read it, and are passing it on. (The site describes the process as “releasing” a book into the wild, where hopefully someone “catches” it before “releasing” it again.)

Bol and Brooks started in Madison, Wisconsin, but now things are expanding. There are a few in Chicago, and they’re talking to Long Island, New York as well as other places. Hm…I wonder what would happen if some versions of the Little Free Library started showing up in Toronto!


Annual Canada Reads Debate Gets Underway

For those of you who are interested in Canadian books — especially those that might be considered the top Canadian books of the past decade — gather round!

Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, is holding its annual book debate that grips the country for a week each February. It features Canadian public figures (not all of them literary) choosing and defending one book. And over the days, the participants vote the books out one by one, until on the final day, two books face off and a winner is chosen.

There are you real losers, of course, because this publicity and debate prompts a lot of reading of new books on the part of Canadians.

You can watch a live stream of the debate starting at 11:00 a.m. EST each day this week, at the CBC Canada Reads site. And you can also participate in a live chat, and follow on Twitter as well (use the #CanadaReads hashtag).

More later, on the personalities and the books they’re defending. Must listen to the debate just now! Each person is making a pitch for their own book today. 🙂

Mother Earth News Book Clearance Sale

Mother Earth News periodically has a housecleaning on their inventory of books about sustainable living, and they’re in the middle of another one right now. If you’re not familiar with it, this publication is full of articles and information about living in a sustainable, self-reliant way. So you’ll find books about the environment, about living sustainably in your own house, about cooking and eating sustainably, and many other sorts of topics.

The available books are on this Mother Earth News Clearance Sale page. If any of them look interesting, you’ll need to buy them quickly, because they are only selling until the inventory is gone. Meanwhile, here are a few that look interesting to me:

Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a TimeGreen Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time.

Just a bit of the accompanying blurb:

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. … Green Remodeling then discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building – including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Room by room, it outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. … Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it covers easy ways to save energy, conserve natural resources and protect the health of loved ones.

Or how about this one: Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers. I live in an apartment and am always trying to grow at least some of my own vegetables in containers on my balcony. I only seem able to manage tomatoes and peppers, and several herbs, while other vegetables don’t do particularly well. So a book like this will provide great advice.

Author Ed Smith shares advice on choosing containers, how to provide balanced nutrition using his secret soil formula, and what additional tools benefit the container gardener. The reader will also find advice on starting from seed versus buying plants, which vegetables thrive in containers and which might be more challenging, along with tips on pairing plants in single containers.

The Home Energy DietOr one more: The Home Energy Diet. I get so much sun shining straight into my east-facing windows for much of the year that I’ve always planned to put up solar panels when I can afford them. I love finding out ways of conserving energy in the home, and I’m keenly interested in some day going off the grid as much as possible, if not entirely. So books like this are always high on my list. Again, some of the blurb for this book:

Learn how to get the most bang for your energy buck. The Home Energy Diet, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, was designed to help readers take control of their personal energy usage and costs so they can save money, live more comfortably and help reduce environmental impacts.

Remember, this sale won’t last forever, and if the inventory for any book runs out, you won’t be able to buy the books at this discount. So if you’re interested in sustainable living, but also have to be frugal, this is probably a sale you’ll want to look into.

Win “Pray for Silence” by Linda Castillo

If you’re a fan of police procedural mysteries, Macmillan, through its Minotaur Books imprint,  is offering a contest where you can win one of five copies of Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo.

You may recall my post from last summer, Linda Castillo: my new author to look for, in which in which I talked about this author’s first book, Sworn to Silence. It takes place in an Amish-English town, where the new police chief, Kate Burkholder, is an Amish woman who had left the community and has now come back, and has to deal with a murder that connects to her own past.

In the new novel, Burkholder again has to try to solve a murder – this time of an entire family – with implications for the past. And now she also has to deal with the assistance of a state agent, John Tomasetti, with whom she has worked and had a relationship before.

If you’re interested in trying out for one of the five giveaway books, visit the Minotaur books contest website, and enter. The draw will be July 1st, so you still have a few days to get your entry in. And by the way, this offer is only open to Americans.

And remember, if you don’t win a copy, remember that you can always buy it through me! 🙂

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