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inside the tor binderyHave you ever wondered how books are made? Irene Gallo, Art Director for science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books, recently blogged about her visit to the Tor bindery, where huge, “door-stopper” books such as A Memory of Light are printed and assembled. Supplemented by copious photographs, Gallo takes us through the fascinating process by which pristine rolls of paper are turned into a finished book.

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Apr 1 2013

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

by Jencey G

24 Hour Read A ThonDewey’s Read-a-Thon is a 24 hour reading challenge that takes place on April 27. To participate you need a computer to access the Dewey’s Read-a-Thon website and Facebook page. Then you will need that stack of books you have been dying to read. Finally you will need to pick food and drink with tons of caffeine to keep you going during the evening hours.

What do you do during the challenge? You read. You also update your blog intermittently with comments about your reading experience during the challenge. This often qualifies you for prizes. There are also challenges from book bloggers that include everything from crosswords to title scrambles. There’s even an opportuniy for you to raise money for charities.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon was started in 2007 by a woman who was left alone while her husband and son went to a 24 hour Comic Day. She to use those 24 hours to read and blog about it. She died in 2008, but the Read-a-Thon lives on, run by the women who helped her carry it out twice a year.

I look forward to this year’s challenge. I hope that you will join me!


Mar 15 2010

Blog, Blog, Blog

by Vivian A

On an unusually snowy March night I ventured out to take Laurie Foley’s free workshop called “Blogging- Who, What, Where & How?” at the brand new Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams library. The audience was small due to the weather and mostly women. (Two-thirds of bloggers are men.) We all wanted to know the same thing — how do I start a blog and more importantly how do I get readers?

Laurie Foley is an award-winning blogger and business coach.  She presented us with the history of blogging. Did you know that 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed since 2002 but ninety-five percent are abandoned within four months? 72% are hobbyists, 15% are part-times, 9% are self employed and 4% are professionals.  A great professional blog is Huffington Post and a good local one to check out (besides DCPLive) is Decatur Metro.

Then she recommended some good books: The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott; WordPress for Dummies, 2nd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson and Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (you can find all of these titles at DCPL).  Then she wowed us with the fact that 900,000 blog entries are posted every twenty-four hours. I must say I feel a little daunted but determined.

If you missed this class, don’t worry.  Every month the Library has many other computer classes which you can check out in our events calendar.


Sep 17 2007

Welcome to our blog


Welcome to DCPLive, our new library blog for DeKalb  residents. While not a veteran blogger  myself, I am aware of what a ubiquitous presence blogs are in today’s world. So we are now offering this feature on our website to give library users a vehicle to stay in touch with what is going on at DCPL and share thoughts on whatever literary or library topics strikes them and vice versa.

For those less technologically inclined, the word “blog” is a portmanteau of the words “web” and “log,” and for those less inclined toward literary terms, the word “portmanteau” is defined as a word that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. I think it’s interesting to note this usage of “portmanteau” was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). In the book, Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice words from Jabberwocky saying, “Well, slithy means lithe and slimy … You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.” I mention this only because “blog” sounds like something Carroll might have come up with if he lived today.

But I digress.

DCPLive will be a blog written by frontline library staff members. Posts will cover a wide array of topics and perspectives on DCPL services, books, reading, etc. You may wish to share your thoughts on a book mentioned in the blog or a program you attended by commenting on the blog post. We encourage you to do so.

Well, that’s my inaugural blog entry. While most of the posts on DCPLive will be by other library staff, from time to time I might chime in if the topic appeals or it seems appropriate.


Darro Willey, Library Director

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