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Summer Learning Track: Bibliomania

Bibliophile- (noun) a lover of books especially for qualities of format

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Satisfy your craving for books this summer with these book themed books. Spend time learning about the history of the printed book and explore the most iconic representations of the medium. Interested in collecting, repairing, publishing or crafting books? Richland Library has titles that will please even the most devoted bibliophiles.

Take the Richland Library Friends' Summer Learning Challenge and take your love of books to the next level! You'll get credit for reading, attending programs, and other steps you make toward your goal of bibliomania. Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own. The challenge begins on June 1st and goes through August 16th.

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Many of these nonfiction books can be found on display in the Research Department of the Main Library through the month of June

  • Book By: Karen Brookfield
  • Collecting Books: Instant Expert By: Matthew Budman
  • Front Cover: Great Book Jackets And Cover Design By: Alan Powers
  • A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, And The Eternal Passion For Books By: Nicholas A. Basbanes
  • Library: An Unquiet History By: Matthew Battles
  • Now All We Need is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got that Way By: Andre Bernard
  • Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications By: Marlene Wagman-Geller
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    Check out these fantastic book themed fictional reads

  • The Christie Curse By: Victoria Abbott
  • Ex-libris By: Ross King
  • Fahrenheit 451 By: Ray Bradbury
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Librarian By: Larry Beinhart
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club By: Heather Vogel Frederick
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    Join us for any of these book related library events

    Richland Library 101: Getting to Know Your Library, June 4, 10:00 AM, Richland Library Main

    Book Binding: June 11, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Richland Library Southeast

    Book Banter: July 8, 7:00 PM, Richland Library St. Andrews

    Brown Bag Short Story Discussion: July 9 ,12:00, Richland Library Southeast

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    Try these movies to please your love of books

    Adaptation [DVD]

    The Book Thief [DVD]

    Finding Forrester [DVD]

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [DVD]

    The Hours [DVD]


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    Amazon Says: Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design is a comprehensive survey of the very best of cover and jacket design from the 20th century. The most important and innovative more...
    Amazon Says: Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design is a comprehensive survey of the very best of cover and jacket design from the 20th century. The most important and innovative designs are explored, including the distinctive yellow dust-jackets of the Gollancz novels of the 1930s, the colour-coded series design of Penguin paperbacks in the 1960s and the award-winning paperback designs by Canongate in the 1990s. Chapters are devoted to separate themes - the development of the modern book jacket in the 1920s and 1930s, the diverse styles that evolved in the post-war era, the paperback explosion of the 1960s and 1970s, and the recent revival in jacket design in the hands of design companies such as Pentagram. Revealing double-page features appear in each chapter on such tropics as the Cold War novel, classic novels of the period, and individual authors such as Len Deighton and Ian Fleming. With 300 jackets in full-colour, including rare first editions, innovative designs by leading designers such as E.McKnight Kauffer and Paul Rand, and newly discovered gems, together with an insightful text by leading design expert Alan Powers, this fascinating book will delight anyone with a passion for books. less...
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    Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles
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    Amazon Says: On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age. He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia. Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, Manguel's A History of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman. 11 b/w illustrations. less...
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    Amazon Says: Who can forget those immortal novels "First Impressions", "The Kingdom by the Sea", "Trimalchio in West Egg", "My Valley", "Pansy", "The Second Murderer", "Tom-All-Alone's the Ruined House"...? Would "The Ancient Mariner" have been so successful if it had been called "The Old Sailor"? Andre Bernard has researched the stories behind more than a hundred of the most famous titles in the English language to produce a fascinating volume rich in anecdote and publishing lore. (Joseph Heller's first novel was titled "Catch-18" until the publishers of Leon Uris's "Mila-18" protested and so "Catch-22" entered our language. William L. Shirer's (ex) editor pleaded "Please God, don't ask us to publish a book called "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich""). From "Vanity Fair" to "Under Milk Wood", "Now All We Need is a Title" is a wonderful romp among the literary monuments. less...
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    Amazon Says: How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history. less...
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    The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
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    Amazon Says: In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play? Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans. Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls. Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?   less...
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    Ex-Libris: A Novel by Ross King
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    Amazon Says: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect more...
    Amazon Says: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. less...
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    The Librarian: A Novel by Larry Beinhart
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    Amazon Says: How on earth did nebbish university librarian David Goldberg end up on Virginia's Ten Most Wanted Criminals list for bestiality? And how did he get ensnared in a vast right-wing conspiracy to steal the presidency? It all begins so innocently when Goldberg starts moonlighting for eccentric, conservative billionaire Alan Carston Stowe as an archivist. But Goldberg's appointment worries a cabal of ruthless right-wingers—ostensibly allies of Stowe, whose money lubricates their zany scary conspiracies—with very close ties to the White House. They fear that Goldberg will find something in Stowe's records that will compromise the dirty tricks involved in re-electing Augustus Winthrop Scott, the dim scion of a powerful Republican political family, for a second term. As the presidential election heads into its final stretch, the hunt is on to remove Goldberg from his position—by any means necessary. The acclaimed, Edgar-winning mystery writer Larry Beinhart returns with this timely novel. In the tradition of Carl Hiassen, Elmore Leonard, and Joe Klein, The Librarian is a frenetic, scary and hilarious thriller that goes deep into the dark heart of election year politics. less...
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    The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
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