Allentown Public Library received a *new* book in our book return. After the mandatory 72 hours in quarantine, the Circulation Department tried to check it in.
It has none of the typical markings that we expected, like our stamp, a barcode, a call tag or a security insert. It does have an APL sticker inside and it included a handwritten note.
I stole this book from the library when I was 14 years old. I found it while cleaning out my childhood stuff at my parent’s house.
It brought me so much joy as a teen, and it was a shame I took the opportunity from others.
Coincidentally, I too work at a library now and understand the pain & struggle of stolen books. I assume this book was replaced not too long after I stole it, and I assume it probably won’t be readded to your catalog since it’s been so long.
But, I think it deserves to call the library home.
The library added the book to our collection in 2008, and we suspect that as a new book, that’s about the time it went missing. We just wanted to take this opportunity to say, “Thanks Z, for returning the book,” and to affirm your conclusion that public libraries benefit everyone. The library and its collections act as a community hub, bringing people together and connecting them to other communities and the world.
Join Ms. Ximena to learn about the different manga titles that are available to borrow from the Allentown Public Library!! There will be a different manga every month! March 2021 features Inuyasha, a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi.
This open source resource offers you the ability to play with music in a fun and colorful way. With arpeggios, rhythms, a song maker, melody maker, chords, piano rolls, Kadinsky and more you’ll be entertained and inspired to play songs and melodies of your own creation.
Give Chrome Music Lab a try, but be careful using it. It may cause nearby listeners to break into some spontaneous dancing.
And, if you want some other ideas for at home fun with a side dish of learning, try another option.
Do you need to practice ahead of your latest haiku, epic, short story, novel or anthology? Get those creative writing juices flowing!
Educators, parents, and creative writers of any age or experience level can benefit from a story-prompt generator.
We learned about an award-winning site called The Story Starterthat has over 350 billion prompts, so it will be impossible to run out of options (unless you are immortal, and maybe that’s your story.)
With internet access you can retrieve a writing prompt and switch to a pencil and paper or an antique typewriter to bring your imagination to life. If you prefer the modern approach to storytelling, you can use your favorite document software like Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice Writer, Scribd, or Apple Pages.
If the prompts generated seem too advanced for your young writer, there’s also The Story Starter, Jr. link at the top of the Story Starter home page where you can get a quarter of a million possible basic prompts.
Share what you’ve written using The Story Starter site by emailing APL at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to use the subject line: “Story Starter,” and include your name, and we’ll find a way to highlight your writing.