FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: The best of the printed word online |

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: The best of the printed word online

With the end of the old year, many periodicals assemble “Best Of” and “Worst Of” lists for the preceding year, some of which are somewhat entertaining, some preposterous, and others quite useful.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s list of best websites of the year includes some excellent resources for book-related questions and issues.

Everything you ever wanted to know about electronic publishing and eBooks, from writing eBooks and reading technology to eBook business and an eBook hardware buying guide, is available at With regular updates and an informed editorial voice, this is the closest thing electronic publishing has to The New York Times Book Review.

However, if printed, hand-held books are more your thing, will land you at The New York Times section on books with detailed reviews of new books, bestseller lists, interviews with authors, and much more.

Science fiction fans will be intrigued by a visit to, which is packed with the latest in book reviews, interviews with science fiction authors, recommended reading lists, information on forthcoming books, magazine reviews and links to sources for that hard-to-find science fiction title.

Aspiring to be the ultimate on-line guide to the Bard, offers information on just about anything to do with Shakespeare, from analysis, biography, topics and themes to an Elizabethan glossary. The site will even answer a specific question regarding a particular play or character, a Shakespearean sonnet, or Elizabethan history.

If you’re interested in poetry, check out The Courtland Review, a monthly literary cybermagazine which was established in 1997 to introduce spoken poetry to a global audience. Featuring a mix of established and up-and-coming writers, is available in both text and audio format.

Information about one of the most prestigious literary awards is available at Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher and visionary who richly endowed his profession at the end of the 19th century by establishing and providing for the Pulitzer Prize, an incentive to excellence. Many of the Pulitzer Prize winners have not been on bestseller lists; many of the winning plays were staged in small theaters off-Broadway; and although the major national newspapers are frequent winners, so are the small, less-known papers. In addition to the history of Joseph Pulitzer and an archive of winners, the site has contact and entry information.

Anyone who has spent time on the World Wide Web knows that there are an almost infinite number of websites available with the click of a mouse.

However it’s easy to get bogged down in poorly-designed sites that are hard to navigate and frustratingly slow to load. The above sites are well-designed, informative, and easy to maneuver, and will open the door to thousands more links to explore the world of books and literature.

Special Programs

for Children:

— Kids ages 5 and up may come in any time to sign up for the Winter Reading Program, which runs now through February.

— Regular Children’s Programs

Saturday Morning Storytelling

For ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool

— Friday Storytime

For ages 3 to 5; Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library

— Tuesday Toddlertime

For ages 3 and under; Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library

Now on display at the Library:

— Art above the fireplace by Lee Ann Masuret.

— In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt shakers

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