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TOP SECRET: Books/Hidden Library Key to Spy Museum
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TOP SECRET: Books/Hidden Library Key to Spy Museum

by Meagan Frank

Ever wondered whether the man standing in line behind you at the grocery store might be a spy? Espionage is intriguing, and people love to read about their favorite spies—real and make believe. Deception is reality in a world where a shirt button, wristwatch, or hairbrush holds a camera, and an umbrella or lipstick case is a deadly weapon. For book lovers, a pair of libraries at the International Spy Museum adds to the intrigue. […]

Mr. Schu Finds “Forever Books” for Kids
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Mr. Schu Finds “Forever Books” for Kids

by Naomi Krueger

Children’s librarian John Schumacher, otherwise known as Mr. Schu by his students and Twitter followers, reads an average of 2,000 children’s books a year and posts his recommendations for books with staying power. Elected to the Newbery Committee, John takes his love of books way beyond a few blog posts. His road trip to promote Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan took him to the zoo in Atlanta where he met the real-life inspiration for Ivan. The gorilla even autographed John’s book. […]

Writing Conferences for Every Season
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Writing Conferences for Every Season

by Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez

Writing is a lonely business. It’s easy to get stuck in a writer’s box. Writers find comradery, rejuvenation, and a fresh look at the writing craft at writer’s conferences. From Mexico to Whidbey Island, New York to Iowa, this lineup of regional, national, and international conferences offers something for every writer in any season. […]