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The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I’ve been writing for Book End Babes since 2011 and I’ve enjoyed absolutely every moment of it. When the opportunity became available to move into a new role in our little book club, I just couldn’t pass it up. Continue reading

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Why Books Make the Best Gift for Kids

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

Many of you are still shopping for holiday gifts for children – both young and old. Why not buy them books? Continue reading

Is a Library a Library Without Books?

I was a library junkie when I was a kid. I grew up spending my summers with the Chicago Public Library, first completing the summer reading program and then as a volunteer. I love the smell of books and browsing the shelves for a new find. I still do.

I saw the headline “Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?” on the Time website. Colleges are now creating bookless libraries with lots of seats and computers that have access to the library’s collection of electronic materials.

I suppose this was bound to happen with the advances in technology, but it poses a few great questions. What happens when a server goes down or a power outage happens? How do you access any materials? How do you archive your materials?

I’m old school and I know it. I like being able to make notes on paper and highlight things. Those techniques are what helps me write and outline the point I want to convey to others. Sure you can do all of that on the iPad and the Kindle. Some of you would probably call me a tree killer.

As I wrote in an earlier post, I still love to write drafts out on a legal pad or a journal to outline my thoughts. I couldn’t think of being in college and not having books to put notations with Post-It notes.

What do you guys think? Is a library a library without books? Or is it just a study room? Do you think that bookless libraries are going to be the new trend? Leave me a comment below or tweet me.