February 20, 2013
The Howard County Library System's biggest fundraiser is this weekend. What: Evening in the Stacks: Sparkle and Spurs When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 7-11 p.m. Where: Howard County Library System's Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City Cost: $125 per person Details: Live music by Dave Chapell and the Lone Stardusters; presentation by bestselling author Mary Doria Russell; silent auction; gourmet fare; celebrity bartenders include...
September 27, 2014
I really appreciated Lynne Agress' article on reading and agree with her regarding the importance of reading in our children's lives ( "The gift of reading: give it to your kids," Sept. 22). We can't always have a say in what our children are taught outside the home, but we can oversee what they are putting into their minds at home, and it is vital to encourage a love of books. A lot of parents read to their toddlers and young children, but it seems like most children get busy with "growing up" and out of the habit of reading at home except for schoolwork.
By Dave Rosenthal | February 16, 2012
Lots of folks are probably suffering symptoms of Colbert-withdrawal due to the sudden -- and unexplained suspension of the Colbert Report's taping. The Washington Post noted : Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report” suddenly canceled taping Wednesday night, telling ticket holders that episodes of the show for the rest of the week had been scrapped due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Meanwhile, here are some suggestions of comic dystopia to keep you busy: -- "I Am America (And So Can You!
By Lynne Agress | September 22, 2014
Now that the school year has begun, we have many questions: Is the new Core Curriculum good or bad? What about "No Child Left Behind"? How many remedial courses should a college student be allowed to take? Letter grades versus pass/fail? The questions and ensuing discussions are endless. But what about reading? If every first grader learned to read - to read well - I believe we would see many more successful students - on all levels, as well as many more successful people as a whole.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
All of us have let that message with an error in it get away from us. All of us have submitted texts bearing typos or the wrong homonym. All of who edit have overlooked gross blunders or, worse, inserted them in someone else's text. All of us are fallible mortals deserving of sympathy, even forgiveness. And yet, some blunders are too delicious to ignore. Such a one flew over the transom today in a news release from the office of Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran proclaiming:  Attached please find a copy of a press release and accompanying resolution declaring domestic violence to be a fundamental human right.
By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1995
On the steamy second floor of Adrian's Book Cafe, strangers fan themselves and talk aimlessly about the unexpected burst of summer heat. It's all small talk, subterfuge really, for what's truly on their minds. Those gathered here - from the clean-cut Catonsville couple to the ribald divorcee - harbor one unyielding thought: Sex.Before the night ends, they will speak of it. The secret urgencies and cries of love, rain-swept sheets and ripening fruit. The great beast within? It will come out, in conversation at least, and the unleashing will make them laugh and fidget, stare dreamily at the ceiling tile and applaud - out of relief and satisfaction - when it's over.
By Garrison Keillor | May 25, 2010
In New York the other night, I ran into my daughter's favorite author, Mary Pope Osborne, whose "Magic Tree House" books I've read to the child at night, and a moment later, Scott Turow, who writes legal thrillers that keep people awake all night, and David Remnick, the biographer of President Barack Obama. Bang bang bang, one heavyweight after another. Erica Jong, Jeffrey Toobin, Judy Blume. It was a rooftop party in Tribeca that I got invited to via a well-connected pal, wall-to-wall authors and agents and editors and elegant young women in little black dresses, standing, white wine in hand, looking out across the Hudson at the lights of Hoboken and Jersey City, eating shrimp and scallops and spanikopita on toothpicks, all talking at once the way New Yorkers do. I grew up on the windswept plains with my nose in a book, so I am awestruck in the presence of book people, even though I have written a couple books myself.
Jacques Kelly | November 26, 2010
My family did not patronize Baltimore's suburban shopping centers in the days after Thanksgiving. We were downtown people and adhered to the customs of the day. I watched the old Hochschild-Kohn Toytown Parade from the curb at Maryland Avenue and 29th Street; a night or two later, we drove downtown while the stores were closed and took in the window displays. Finally, days later, we might begin Christmas shopping, possibly with a breakfast at the Read's drugstore, one of the anchors of the busy Howard and Lexington corner.
November 1, 2011
Our bookshelf is looking a bit sad lately. So we enlisted some of the young staff at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches to give us their picks for books they're loving right now.
January 25, 2011
As a person who as a teenager marched alongside people like Rep. John Lewis and Diane Nash to successfully integrate lunch-counters in Nashville, Tenn., the issue of whether Read's drugstore in downtown Baltimore's West Side, which was the site of historic civil rights sit-ins, should be preserved is a poignant one for me. ( "Seeking guidance on west-side project," Jan. 25). I view the current controversy from several perspectives. During the more than one-third of a century that I have lived in Maryland, I have been given multiple gubernatorial appointments to serve on this state's Commission of African-American History and Culture and am a past chairman of the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland.
By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The photos of author Robert Timberg in recent years aren't as horrifying as his memoir leads readers to expect. His eyes are direct and unflinching, and his mouth expresses wry amusement. He has the kind of wrinkles normally found on a 74-year-old man and a patch of skin across his nose that at a casual glance appears sunburned. There's nothing about Timberg's appearance now that could be described as freakish, nothing that would cause young children to howl in fright. It's taken Timberg more than 35 operations - including one without anesthesia - and 47 years to achieve that face, and he's still not entirely reconciled to it. There are moments even now when he looks in the mirror and is first startled, then furious.
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Baltimore may have abandoned its "City that Reads" slogan too soon. Federal consumer spending data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Baltimore-area residents spent an average of $154 annually on books, newspapers, magazines and other pleasure reading - about 45 percent more than the $106 national average. That's just a tiny fraction of area expenditures, but it's consistent with the profile of the wealthy, middle-aged average consumer revealed in the BLS data.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
After poring through 20 boxes of Betsy Bonaparte's correspondence at the Maryland Historical Society, Natalie Wexler's heart sank. In 2005, Wexler had been captivated by a portrait she'd seen of the Baltimore-born beauty, who wed Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother, against the French emperor's wishes. Wexler is an author, a historian and an attorney. She itched to tell Betsy's story - until she started reading the letters. "Betsy was really not a very pleasant person," says Wexler, now 59 and a Washington resident.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Bernard I.H. "Bernie" Kramer, a retired Baltimore public school vice principal who earlier had been an English department head and reading teacher, died Aug. 14 at Autumn Ridge Nursing Center in Pikesville of complications from a stroke. He was 92. The son of Harry Krasner, a plasterer, and Vivian Levita Krasner, Bernard Herman Krasner was born in Pruzhany, Poland, which is now part of Belarus. He was 4 when he and his family left Poland and arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor.
By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
BOWIE -- As a free-agent outfielder playing in Venezuela last winter, Adam Loewen hoped to show enough to earn a chance in spring training. And then he realized that his best shot to get back to the major leagues might be what originally got him there: his prized left arm. Now with the Reading Fightin Phils, the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A affiliate, Loewen came with his team to Double-A Bowie this week. "It's like I'm starting over every five years at something different," Loewen said Tuesday.
By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library . When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the experience. "One of my favorite hotels is The Library Hotel in New York City," said Hayden, president emeritus of the American Library Association. "It's definitely more than a hotel stay; it's a literary experience. " Housed in a 1912 Neo¿Gothic style "sliver building" - just 25 feet wide and 100 feet long - the luxury hotel is located steps from the New York Public Library.
June 30, 1999
Today's story selection, "The Girl, the Fish and the Crown" helps children understand the importance of making predictions and thinking critically when they read or listen. The episodes in this story are easy to identify. Before you read the story, explain to your child that good listeners and readers think a lot about the story before they begin to read. This helps them understand the story better and anticipate what might happen. In this way, they are really listening to what the author has to say to us. First, read the Editor's Note at the top of the page, and then ask:* What do you think is going to happen?
April 24, 2006
On Friday, April 21, 2006, at Carroll Hospital Center, JANE COWPERTHWAIT READ. She was the loving wife of the late Chaplain (Colonel) Charles E. Read, US Army (Ret). Born October 14, 1919 in Waterbury, CT, she was the daughter of the late George Ely, Jr. and Aileen Fernand Cowperthwait. Mrs. Read at one time held the highest Girl Scout rank, Golden Eagle. She attended Western Maryland College where she met and married her husband and later would encourage all her children to attend. As a military wife, she and the family resided in Okinawa, Germany and many bases here in the United States.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
It was the eeriness of the situation that struck Baltimore writer Dan Fesperman. Drone pilots for the Air Force would spend weeks watching what amounted to a real-life silent movie of a small town thousands of miles away - all the while plotting the destruction of some of the inhabitants. Fesperman interviewed drone operators stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada while doing research for his ninth thriller, "Unmanned," which is being released Wednesday. Most drone operators, he found, are former elite fighter pilots.
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