Critical Linking: November, 21st (evening edition)


50 Books Every Kid Should Read: From ”Green Eggs and Ham” to ”The Hunger Games,” see our picks for a library to spark a lifelong love of reading

Great list, but again with the “should.” How about just 50 great books kids will love?


Pew has broken down results in various ways with revealing results. Those who say that job help is an important service of the library includes:

  • Over 50 percent of Blacks and Hispanics, compared with about 20 percent of Whites and Asian Americans.
  • Between 30 and 34 percent across all age groups, except those over 65 (20 percent).
    Some 43 percent among lower income and less educated Americans.
  • And among those who identify themselves as looking for work, “47 percent of job seekers say help finding or applying for a job is ‘very important’ to them”

I need no more evidence to be a lifetime supporter of public libraries.


Dec. 1 will feature the return of “Cider Monday,” which was celebrated last year at various independent businesses, including bookstores. Participating shops offer free cups of the apple beverage to shoppers. According to industry newsletter Shelf Awareness, New Hampshire bookstores Toadstool Bookshops was the origin of the idea. There are Toadstool locations in Peterborough, Keene, and Milford.

“Cider Monday” invented by someplace called Toadstool bookshops. Must be nice, living in Star’s Hallow.

___________________ AMZN +0.63%agreed to lease 470,000 square feet of space in midtown Manhattan from Vornado Realty Trust VNO +1.39%, including a site people familiar with the matter say will serve as a same-day shipping hub, warehouse and the company’s first customer-facing brick-and-mortar location.

The Seattle e-commerce giant has agreed to lease the space for 17 years, according to a statement from Vornado Thursday. The Wall Street Journal last month reported Amazon’s plans for the brick-and-mortar location, on one of Manhattan’s busiest commercial streets.

Half a million square feet of prime Manhattan real estate for 17 years. Big play.

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