Kim Komando Special for USA TODAY Published 1:56 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” So said the famed novelist Jorge Luis Borges, and if you love those musty old buildings packed with study carrels and knowledge, you probably share his heavenly sentiment. Today, the library is as essential as ever. I mean physical libraries, the same brick-and-mortar buildings that have been lending books since the dawn of America. However, how does a place full of hardbacks and CDs keep pace with the digital universe? By adapting to its logic and evolving with the times. Armed with a simple library card, you can put your tax money to good use and support one of the noblest institutions there is – all the while enjoying a near-limitless supply of literature, periodicals, music, movies and even free office space. Here are just a few of the perks your local library has to offer. More: 4 apps to organize your books and … [Read more...] about It’s not just for books anymore: 11 tech perks available at your public library
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Get lost in a dreamy Cornish romance, visit an off-the-wall boutique, dive into a comical comic collection, and help an octopus find a new pair of underpants in a sunshine collection of summer books for children. Age 13 plus:A Sky Painted Gold by Laura WoodThese long summer nights are the perfect time to lose yourself – and your heart – in the dreamlike landscape of Laura Wood’s gorgeous debut novel… a coming-of-age romance inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s bestseller The Great Gatsby.Wood, an academic, writer and winner of the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing, is a fan of both Georgette Heyer’s ultra-romantic Regency novels and the county of Cornwall, and both these influences shine through this atmospheric and excitingly glamorous story.Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village in 1929 and dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou Trevelyan has always wondered about the grand, sprawling Cardew House built on an … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Twenties glamour, a fashion fable and a mixed-up mollusc
This year we have said farewell to legends of entertainment, great footballers, political heavyweights and musical heroes. Some, such as comedian Sir Ken Dodd and athletics legend Sir Roger Bannister, reached a ripe old age. A few, such as Cranberries songstress Dolores O'Riorden, Swedish DJ Avicii and Irish singer Timmy Matley, passed away tragically young. The latest among them is XXXTentacion, after the 20-year-old was fatally shot in Florida on Monday afternoon. Footballers Ray Wilkins, Cyrille Regis, Jlloyd Samuel, Jimmy Armfield, Tommy Lawrence and Ray Wilson all got transfers to the great pitch in the sky. In politics, Dame Tessa Jowell lost a year-long battle with cancer and Winnie Mandela, who campaigned tirelessly for the rights of South Africa's black majority, died aged 81. Outpourings of grief followed the news that Supermarket Sweep presenter Dale Winton had died. Chef Anthony Bourdin, another star of the small screen, died in June. And, in March, the scientific community … [Read more...] about Loved and lost: which celebrities died in 2018?
While disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein was on his way to turn himself into the authorities for sexual abuse and misconduct charges this morning, he was seen carrying three hefty books, which could allude to his current state of mind. Although the third book was unable to be identified, the other two were omething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S Purdum, and Elia Kazan: A Biography by Richard Schickel. Last month, Something Wonderful was released chronicling "the creative partnership that transformed musical theatre and provided the soundtrack to the American Century" according to Amazon. Read more Celebrity world reacts to Harvey Weinstein charges The website's description of the book stated: "Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein: What was the intended message behind the books he carried while handing himself in?
WHO doesn't love an all-inclusive holidays where you eat and booze to your heart's content without worrying about the bill. But they aren't cheap - package breaks at popular holiday destinations can easily cost close to a grand per person. There are some holiday destinations that don't have to break the bank though. According to new research by Travel Supermarket, Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco, Malta and Spain all offer decent deals from the UK this summer. The holiday price comparison site looked at the cost of seven-night overseas package holidays departing between May 1 and September 30 this year. They discovered which countries are likely to offer the best deals and also which holiday resorts averaged a lower price for the all-inclusive breaks. The top ten countries in order of cheapest, on average, for all-inclusive package deals from the UK1. Bulgaria 2. Turkey 3. Morroco 4. Malta 5. Spain 6. Greece 7. Egypt 8. Portugal 9. Cyprus 10. Croatia Six of the 15 cheapest resorts for a … [Read more...] about Cheapest all-inclusive holiday destinations this summer – from £195pp a week including flights