All posts tagged: library

Amy ShEARN talks about her sublime new book, UNSEEN CITY, BROOKLYN, how she believes in ghosts, old houses, books she was influenced by and asks me a question, too

By Leslie Lindsay  A multigenerational tapestry of homes, neighborhoods, ghosts, and more in this bold and atmospheric novel. ~WRITERS INTERVIEWING WRITERS|ALWAYS WITH A BOOK~ When I heard UNSEEN CITY by Amy Shearn (Red Hen Press, September 2020), I knew I had to get my hands on it. It’s a bit of a love letter to NYC (Brooklyn, in particular), but also to those childhood books that shaped us as readers (and writers!) and also about a little-known neighborhood called Weeksville. But it’s also about love and grief and ghosts and oh gosh…it’s just so good. Meg Rhys is a self-identified spinster librarian. She lives alone–with her beloved cat–in a rent-controlled Brooklyn apartment. On Friday evenings, she grabs her pile of holds from the library and bikes home, staying in most of the weekend, because that’s how she likes it. But she’s mourning the loss of her dead sister, who died tragically in an accident. She soon becomes obsessed with a library patron who is researching a possibly haunted house. His house. Rather, his parents. That house has it’s own story to …

The Teacher is Talking: Getting Resourceful for Summer Break

By Leslie Lindsay It may be summer break in most areas of the country, so your classroom is bound to be shifting a bit.  Instead of neat rows of desks lined up in your neighborhood school, your child’s classroom is now the playground, the nature trail, the swimming pool, or perhaps a friendly day camp.  There are plenty of ways to “sneak” in summer learning without being overly teacher-ly.  Here are some ideas uncovered in just the last few days for little or no cost to you. Michaels Craft Stores have two summer tracks you may be interested in following.  Track One:  Kids Club. Meets every Saturday, starting June 1st and going thru July 6th.  For ages 3+, kids can benefit from a 30-minute hands-on crafting activity (all supplies included) with a Michaels staff member and bring home a craft. ($2/child). (Examples:  Father’s Day Card, Father’s Day Duck Tape Frame, Silly Shells,  4th of July Hat, and Summer Games).  All classes run every 30 minutes from 10-12noon.  Michaels Craft Stores Track Two: Passport to Imagination. Explore the 7 continents and their amazing landmarks and …

Write On, Wednesday: Spring Fever Getting Your Mojo Back

By Leslie Lindsay It’s been one of those crazy springs where I feel completly out-of -whack, and not just with my writing.  I have project ideas for the house, for my family, for my writing…but I am unable to get those ideas funneled into something coherent.  And then I sort of got my mojo back.  How I did it, I’m not entirely sure…but I am glad things finally started to click.  Here are some ideas gleaned partially from experience and partially from a semi-recent Writer’s Digest article.  Step 1:  Set a word count goal for the week ahead, or for a particular writing session.   Remember, not all days are created equal.  Some days you may really pump out a generous amount of words, other days–not so much.  When you think about your writing goals in terms of the whole week, it gives you some freedom to say, “Well, Tuesday sucked, but I still have four days to pull it together.”  It also helps with the inevitable interruptions you didn’t see coming.  Step 2:  Go to …

The Teacher is Talking: Navigating the Library

By Leslie Lindsay I love the library.  The stacks of books, the smell of paper, the peace and quiet.  And all of that knowledge.  It’s well…a little piece of heaven for me.  In fact, I once had a dream in which I was flying and I looked down and there were all of these beautiful wood bookshelves, floor to ceiling.  The windows were large and sunlight was streaming through.  Everything appeared white and heavenly.  So I asked my guide, “Is this heaven?”  I know, it sounds really cheesy, but it’s true.  Just call me a nerd. If you are a nerd like me, and love  the library so much you may consider earning a library science degree online.  Why not love what you do?  Check out  http://www.library-science-degree-online.com  earning for more information. But, in reality, there is a very different feel to the library.  Young children who don’t yet know the unspoken rule that the library is a place of study and quiet run about pulling books off shelves, while their harried mothers quickly scoop them up.  Yep, I’ve been there. …