The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has earned a well-deserved National Medal for Museum and Library Service. PLCHC’s Main Library was recently the busiest library in America. In celebration, PLCHC is offering Fine Amnesty Day, tomorrow, May 15th. Having served on a committee or two with Public Library folks and, most recently, watched […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Congrats to the City’s Junior Library!
Mercantile member Justin Patrick Moore, who recently interviewed past Merc. President and author Dale Patrick Brown , has just interviewed Cincinnati Preservation Association director Paul Muller about the challenges of preserving modern architecture. This week, the CPA is having a symposium on preserving modern architecture in the Midwest. Check out Justin’s interview with Muller here at peakofnormal.org and don’t […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: On the Way to the Peak of Normal talks Preservation
Texas’ Bexar County Library system is getting rid of its printed books to become the world’s first all-digital library system. Here’s the article in PCWorld, which places the decision in context. Despite being himself an unabashe… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Yeeee-HAAA: Texas will be home to first all-digital library system
Happy Burn’s Day! While we at the Mercantile endorse all celebrations of a literary nature, we suggest that when you purchase your haggis, that you choose wisely. While many claim that wild haggis (Haggis Scoticus) is superior in flavor the d… . . . → Read More: Stacked: A Burn’s Day Appeal: Save the Wild Haggis
We’ve added a couple of eReades to our collection, and so far, patrons seem to like them. We went with Barnes and Nobles’ “Nook Simple Glow” and so far, both devices are loaded with Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly a… . . . → Read More: Stacked: eReaders at the Merc
This morning, your library ordered a pair of NOOK Simple Touches™. We shelled out for the “glow” option, which means that library members who check out these devices will be able to read in bed–with the lights off. That’s… . . . → Read More: Stacked: eNiches, eBooks, and Nooks
The 6th annual Cincinnati USA Books by the Banks Book Festival went swimmingly. Attendance is estimated to have topped 5000 visitors who enjoyed mascot dance parties, cooking demos, kids corners, panel discussions, and some good old face-time with t… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Books and bloggers and writers, oh my
The Mercantile is no stranger to cello; we’re literary; and we are less than not entirely averse to Brits. We link, therefore, courtesy of The Guardian, for your aural and visual pleasure, to a Brit reading from Conrad’s Heart of Darkn… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Phoned-in-Friday-fecta
Our patience was greatly tested last week when we discovered that A Wanted Man, the latest Lee Child Jack Reacher Nail Biter, was spoken for – two reserves on the damned thing, so we could not snatch it for the weekend trip to visit the grandwolven … . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: The Lost Ones
Rare is the writer who holds as powerful a sway over readers’ imaginations as Ray Bradbury. He emphasized the importance of one’s loves and interests on one’s work–see his essay “My Demon–Not afraid of happiness&… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Long Live Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
Last week’s By the Book lecture featured anthropologist, History Detective and Antiques Roadshowman Wes Cowan speaking on books that have influenced his career. A consummate showman, Wes was kind enough to permit this recording of his presentat… . . . → Read More: Stacked: History Detective Wes Cowan Visits Merc
I was taking this picture of rental bikes when Jared, who describes Chicago’s bike center as his former baby, came out of the uber-spanking-modern bike shop at the front of the Cincinnati Bike Center just to say hello. I was immediately ushered… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Cincinnati Bike Center: Your Fancy New Bat Cave
Library member Naomi Dallob has donated, and Library president Deborah Ginocchio has had framed, the newest addition to our collection of objet d’art, the oldest intact collection of public art in the city. This woodcut on paper likeness of the… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Objet d’art
Jeff Suess, who helms the Mercantile’s Graphic Novel Reading Group, has published a story in Torn Realities, a collection of Lovecraftian (Lovecrafty?) stories put out by Cincinnati’s own Post Mortem Press. Jeff also writes a weekl… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Jeff Suess: Renaissance Man
After shooting off my uninformed mouth on the eBook mess, I read David Carr’s piece on “Book Publishing’s Real Nemesis” in today’s New York Times. -eScripsi . . . → Read More: Stacked: eMelee
Spring being the season when folk “longen to goon on pilgrimages”, we thought we would make several pilgrimages of a humanist nature to area libraries. First up: The Lloyd Library and Museum. It’s easy to pass the Lloyd Library at the c… . . . → Read More: Stacked: A Rare Library on Plum
It was not without some interest that my sluggish eyes sought an uneasy purchase upon the front page of the Wall Street Journal this week to note that our troublesome friend the eBook is up to no good as usual. The government alleges “collusi… . . . → Read More: Stacked: eBooks in court cage match round one? Ding!
In for the anniversary of the Watergate break-in is Thomas Mallon’s Watergate. Or, if you’re a nonfiction reader, go straight for the undiluted sap straight from the tree: The White House Transcripts (in the collection since the 70s). F… . . . → Read More: Stacked: Leap Day Book Roundup–a smorgasbord of books!