| Feb 14, 2014
"Water is wet." There's as much news in that statement as there is in a recent Pew Internet survey that revealed that people value their public libraries.
How much do we love our libraries? When asked what impact closing the public library would have on...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
It is not hard to know what American publisher, bookseller and editor Frederic Melcher had in mind when he proposed the creation of an annual award for the year's best children's book: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 12:10 PM
When his old friends remember Ken Melrose's mother, it's almost as if she were their mom, too.
"Mrs. Melrose was kind of an all-purpose mom; she was everybody's second mother," says Richard Swann, who has known Ken Melrose since kindergarten in 1940s...
| Mar 11, 2014
Chicago is where Barack Obama's presidential library and museum should be. Nowhere else comes close to making a legitimate claim.
Hawaii, Obama's native state? Columbia University in New York City where he pursued his undergraduate degree?
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
There are certain passages in much loved and much read and re-read books that have the power to show us how much we have changed while they've remained the same.
It's a bit like paying a visit to the town you're from for the first time in years. All is...
| Jan 12, 2014
Barack Obama campaign veterans Harper Reed and Dylan Richard will launch a tech company. Don Thompson will be under pressure to improve sales at McDonald's. And with Tribune Co. spinning off its publishing assets into a separate company, its chief...
| Jul 9, 2013
Welcome to the dawn of 3-D printing.
As with the dawn of the computer, the dawn of the telephone and the dawn of the television, expect a period of confusion: What is 3-D printing, you will wonder. (Answer: The printing of solid objects, often from a...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 6:06 PM
When I arrived at the Whitehall Township Public Library on Tuesday night, my car thermometer told me it was 98 degrees. This may or may not have been accurate, but it seemed close enough as I trudged inside to check out an event that promised, in the end,...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Williamsport Bike Nite brings the roar of motorcycles back to the streets of Town Center on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Nigel Dupree, featured on TV’s “Full Throttle Saloon,” from Sturgis, S.D., will headline the entertainment.
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:35 PM
There’s a cherry tree growing in the Miller House garden. It sits among the gooseberry bushes, near the grape arbor and under an ancient black walnut tree that overhangs from a neighboring property. There’s a fig tree, a quince tree, a...
| Jul 18, 2011
So I hear about this guy named Mike Michalowicz, who has this idea that companies should institute "library hours," a chunk of time each day when everyone in the office shuts up, unplugs from the Internet and focuses on work.
My first reaction was,...