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By Joe Kilsheimer and Joe Kilsheimer,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 5, 1998
Read any good computer books lately?If you have, it would surprise me. I've looked at dozens of books that purport to make personal computing as easy as 1-2-3. But the truth is, a lot of the so-called beginner books on personal computing make it about as easy as calculus.I am often asked by people who have recently purchased their first computer if I can recommend a book that will help them get started. I have to tell them that I cannot. I have yet to see a single book that takes the place of simply sitting down and experimenting to find out what a computer or new software can do.The book that really gets me is "America Online for Dummies," (IDG Books, $19.95)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Laura Demanski and Laura Demanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 1999
Intuitively, it may seem that the Internet is delivering a catastrophic blow to the cultural currency of books. In some significant ways, this is true. The Web has become a formidable competitor for the leisure time of Americans and a distraction from literary concerns. Web surfing also makes a virtue of dipping in a toe and skipping along to the next entertainment. It discourages the sustained, close attention that literature rewards.At the same time, the World Wide Web is home to a bustling, bristling, companionable, contentious literary community.
NEWS
By Karen W. Arenson and Karen W. Arenson,New York Times News Service | May 13, 1999
NEW YORK -- Columbia University is double-stacking library books, stashing them in every nook and cranny. Princeton is stowing books out of sequence that could no longer be crammed in where they belonged. And the New York Public Library is projecting that it will run out of space for its research collections by 2003.Throwing out books is not an option. Nor is cutting off acquisitions or finding more contiguous space.So the three institutions -- owners of three of the largest book collections in the New York metropolitan area -- are planning to create a climate-controlled, no-frills library warehouse near Princeton, N.J., where they can send some of their least-used books, periodicals and other items.
SPORTS
By Ryanne Milani, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Suzanne Collins'"The Hunger Games" trilogy has sold millions of copies in the United States since the first book was published in 2008. Now, with the release of the blockbuster movie of the same name, the series has achieved even more: It has influenced kids to spend more time outside. Two weekends ago, 13 young "Hunger Games" fans braved the rain to learn about archery. The Saturday event, which was hosted by the Thurmont Regional Library and run by members of the Tuscarora Archers, allowed the teenagers to learn how to shoot a bow. "[It]
NEWS
By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 1, 1998
By giving Bill Clinton high marks, in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky furor, most Americans are saying that they care more about a president's public record than his private life. So why isn't this common-sense view reflected in most leading current books on national politics?Instead these books - including recent offerings from leading journalists such as Bob Woodward, Roger Simon, and Michael )) Lewis - profess to present the real people behind the scenes but offer either cynicism or smarminess.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | January 7, 2010
Mary G. Creaghan, a Loyola High School librarian who during her nearly four-decade career helped generations of students appreciate the world of books and letters, died in her sleep Saturday at St. Elizabeth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Southwest Baltimore. She was 98. Mary Gabriel Creaghan, the daughter of a contractor and a homemaker, was born in Marriottsville and raised in Pikesville. She was a 1929 graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Emmitsburg and earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1933 from St. Joseph College, also in Emmitsburg.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | August 15, 1999
"Harry Potter," "Goosebumps," "I Spy," "The Guinness Book of World Records." The staff at the Parkville Public Library glumly recites its list of recommended readings like failed strategies in a losing war. How do you get a grade-school boy to read? Librarians Jean Blair, Beth LaPenotiere and Mercedes Connor would love to know. And this time it's personal: They are the mothers of boys who just say no to books. "My boys are embarrassed for people to think they might be reading a book," says Connor, the mother of three boys, ages 8, 10 and 12. "Card games and Nintendo, those are socially acceptable.
NEWS
By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2002
Mary Ella Fizer raced through the door of the library with a scrap of paper in her hand and a book on her mind. It had been just a few minutes since the 58-year-old Pikesville woman had collected a recommendation for the book Peace of Mind from another library patron while waiting for the doors of the Baltimore County Public Library in Pikesville to open. Now she was in a hurry. Fizer wanted that book. She needed that book. As she stood at the library's general information desk one recent morning clutching the paper bearing the name of the 1946 spiritual tome by Joshua L. Liebman and waiting for a librarian to tell her whether it was available, Fizer shifted her weight from foot to foot and leaned on the counter.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2010
Sometime in the next few days, Gunnery Sgt. Blaine Scott will arrive in Afghanistan for a three-month stint. Around the same time, his two young children, Isabella and Blaine Jr., will get a package addressed especially to them in the mail at their home in California. Before the 18-year veteran of the Marine Corps boarded a plane at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport headed to the Middle Eastern war zone late Tuesday, a cheerful and smiling Scott pored over a selection of brand-new donated books, selecting a mystery for his 7-year-old daughter and a book about trucks for his 4-year-old son. "I haven't seen my kids in forever," Scott said.
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