1613 – The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground.
full o’info • cool tools blog has a nifty post on digital library cards and cheap access to the digital librarys.
birthday boy • 1900 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot and writer (d. 1944)
essay • NPR’s James Marcus gives us a review of Ainadamar an opera about the death of Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca by Osvaldo Golijov
naughty • Baytown Texas woman arrested for one overdue library book. ouch!
neo-biblio • the NJ Star Ledger reports on hip-hop literature is also known as gangsta-lit. it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got the bling, baby.
event • The 16th annual Twin Cities Bookfair — showcasing used books, especially rare and hard-to-find editions — will be held July 7 and 8 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
event • the 2nd annual Harlem Book Fair Buffalo taking place on Saturday, July 8th from 11 am to 7 pm in downtown Buffalo, NY.
end of the road • Santa Ana, CA library puts its book mobile up on blocks.
banktoaster • Stan Zielinski over at Children’s Picture Book Price Guide has created a web page of the eighty-one Newbery award winning books with cover art or pictures from one of the illustrators. Glad to see someone ELSE is an inveterate list maker.
everything but the squeal • the pig who appears on Harper Collins reprint of Charlotte’s Web as Wilbur gets reprieved. “Wilbur may never know when he becomes a star,” farmer John L. Batey told a reporter after the pictures were taken. “Within a year, he’ll head to market.” Bet he regrets ever saying THAT.