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I felt possessed by Geek Love even as I was reading it. Not in that “I pick up this book every time I have five free minutes and I’m not going to sleep until I get to that very last page where the publishing company gives you a brief history of the novel’s typeface” kind of way (although that is absolutely how I read this book and all books I like). As in even when I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about it, and when I was reading this book I could feel it seep into my skin. I actually at one point remember thinking while reading, “This book no longer exists on the surface of my skin. It’s sunk in. I can’t brush it off, scrape it clean, rub it away, you can’t do those things to something that’s managed to worm its way inside of you.”

When’s The Last Time You Were Haunted By a Book? | BOOK RIOT (via bookriot)

so true. I’m reading this right now and can’t get it off my mind!

(via bookriot)

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The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
Alan BennettThe History Boys (via duttonbooks)

(via openbookstore)

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Our book department produces zero waste! We carefully sort all donated books to optimize their utility: we use and give them away in our programs, distribute them through book grants, and sell them to support our mission. All unusable (damaged, musty, torn, etc.) books are recycled.
P.S. This year, we are positioned to give away 2 books for every 3 we sell!

Our book department produces zero waste! We carefully sort all donated books to optimize their utility: we use and give them away in our programs, distribute them through book grants, and sell them to support our mission. All unusable (damaged, musty, torn, etc.) books are recycled.

P.S. This year, we are positioned to give away 2 books for every 3 we sell!

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Human After All: A Poem about Daft Punk

Human After All By Justin R.

8th grader at Lee School (written at an Open Books Adventures in Creative Writing field trip

Robots from outer space.

Where did they come from? 

They don’t talk but they make music for the soul of a human but they are robots with gold and silver helmets

Aren’t they?

I don’t think they are Human

But they might be.

The specters moving the house like a ball kicked from Ronaldo.

People saying “One more time!” or “Around the world.”

But when I hear this I just think they got lucky.

I don’t think they are Human

But they might be.

The smell you get when you open a brand new phone.

Like burning wire or something that has electrics in it.

Just imagine what a robot would smell like.

I don’t think they are Human

But they might be.

The taste of ice cream when they won five Grammys.

Like some sour and sweet at the end but with a little pop when the base drops.

I don’t think they are Human

But they might be.

I feel like the music is in my soul.

When the base drops, it is like a heart beat.

What makes you move and dance but they are not from earth and not human.

The people from under those robot masks.

Guy and Thomas are not from here but they make people move like no other.

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escapedgoat:

That’s not the whole thing.
It’s “i” before “e” except after “c”, except when pronounced “ay” as in “neighbor” and “weigh”.

What about “science?” Is this rule begging to be broken?

escapedgoat:

That’s not the whole thing.

It’s “i” before “e” except after “c”, except when pronounced “ay” as in “neighbor” and “weigh”.

What about “science?” Is this rule begging to be broken?

(Source: fab.com)

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It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.
Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

(via libraryadvocates)

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We had such a great time at Open Books and Laugh on Tuesday. Thank you everyone who joined us, especially the comedians, Kelsie Huff, Brian Babylon, Michael Larimer, Adam Burke, and Chris Bader. EXTRA SPECIAL thank you to Curtis Shaw Flagg, our outstanding Associate Board member who put the event at Laugh Factory Chicago together!!!