On the cusp of the release of the first work in a 27-volume set from author Mark Danielewski, famed for his innovative, internal book design, I thought it a perfect time to examine some of the books that take book design to the next level. Those that drive the story not just with plot but with the images inside, strategic cut-outs, or pages put together like a puzzle. Sometimes these are described as being works of ergodic literature, or narratives that have the reader navigate the often non-linear layout of the text.
Lewd? Obscene? Scandalous? Perhaps, but that may be part of the reason I have loved so many of the infamous books that show up year after year on the American Library Association’s Frequently Banned and Challenged Books lists. This year I get to share my love of these titles with the world as Banned Books Week, one of the more glorious weeks in books, is upon us and this year we want you to share your favorite.
We had another wonderful Summer of Reading at the Smiley Branch Library this year! We filled the days with amazing programs, craft classes, and even some baby yoga! Mr. Dana was lucky enough to interview two of our most super readers Katelynn and Skyler (in addition to a few special guest stars) about their Summer of Reading adventures. Katelynn and Skyler have attended all of our Summer of Reading activities at Smiley for many years, so they have become something of resident SOR experts.
The Deru family has been visiting the Smiley Branch Library once a week attending our Thursday storytimes with Mr. Dana for many years. Now that many of the Deru boys have graduated from our preschool storytime, they all participate in the Summer of Reading at Smiley attending every program. They are superb crafters and each made fantastic fossils during out Fossil Prints class, sharing some of their knowledge of prehistoric prints with the rest of the group.