Happy Dictionary Day 📚

Happy Dictionary Day! Like me, you may be wondering how you’ll celebrate this year. Fortunately, Merriam-Webster has several creative ideas on their web site (along with the history of Dictionary Day) ranging from virtual spelling bees, to a resolution to learn a new word each day, to haiku writing. We can also ring in the day with these readings on the history of the renowned reference book and its commemoration:

10 Facts About Webster’s Dictionary for Dictionary Day (Mental Floss)

15 Fascinating Facts About Dictionaries That Will Make You Want to Pick One Up (Reader’s Digest)

Become a True Dictionary Buff (Merriam-Webster)

Parliamentary Culture and Library History in Britain — The History of Parliament

Since autumn 2021, we have been working with the University of Oxford and the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Oxford to put together series of blogs that explore European Parliamentary Culture. The series, built around the ‘Recovering Europe’s Parliamentary Culture, 1500-1700’ project, is focused on the Early Modern period, but blogs have ranged more widely, seeking to bring […]

Parliamentary Culture and Library History in Britain — The History of Parliament

LHRT Reads: Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next LHRT Reads book discussion. For the month of October, we are discussing Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege. We are meeting on Thursday, October 20th, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://michelefenton.my.webex.com/michelefenton.my/j.php?RGID=r48d81c9a47c7e790cce5fad4f8d2ab35

Please read Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege before our meeting. Bring at least one question you’d like to discuss with other group members. 

We’ll begin at 7 p.m. sharp, Eastern time. Depending on the number of attendees, we may assign everyone to a breakout room. We have plenty of discussion questions for a thought-provoking conversation. 

If you’ve never participated in a book discussion, you might want to read these tips: https://ilovelibraries.org/for-book-lovers/bookclubs/. Also, please be aware that all LHRT events, including LHRT Reads, adhere to ALA’s Statement on Appropriate Conduct, https://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/statement_appropriate_conduct . We expect a lively discussion, but let’s keep it kind.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Belantara (ab6477@nyu.edu) or Michele Fenton (mfenton@library.in.gov).

Happy reading!

LHRT Reads