Introvert Happy Hour

Remember silent reading time when you were in grade school? Well … you can re-create that experience as an adult and it’s not by simply reading quietly where you are.

Join a Silent Book Club (AKA Introvert Happy Hour) and get together with a group of people to read quietly — maybe at a bookstore, a library, a bar, or some other venue. Silent reading time begins when the bell rings and ends an hour later when the bell rings again. After that, it’s up to you. Talk a while & share what you’re reading with others or keep reading or … there are no rules.

North Dakota isn’t among the 70+ places around the world that have Silent Book Club chapters … yet. Maybe we should launch one at BSC?

Click here to learn more about the Silent Book Club movement.

The Joy of Listening

In the words of Tyrion Lannister, “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.”

Humans shared stories orally long before written language was developed; it’s no accident that audiobooks are incredibly popular.

The BSC Library has all kinds of eAudiobooks for your listening pleasure. Download them to your devices & enjoy! Among the hundreds of titles you will find are …

For more details about using ebooks (and eaudiobooks), click here.

To find what we have, search the PRIMO catalog and/or choose eBooks & eAudiobooks from our databases list.  Specific databases to search for eAudiobooks include:

  • Audiobook collection (EBSCOhost)
  • Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection
  • RBDigital

Need more help? Ask a librarian.

If Librarians Were Honest

If Librarians Were Honest by Joseph Mills

“…a book indeed sometimes debauched me from my work…” – Benjamin Franklin

If librarians were honest,
they wouldn’t smile, or act
welcoming. They would say,
You need to be careful. Here
be monsters. They would say,
These rooms house heathens
and heretics, murderers and
maniacs, the deluded, desperate,
and dissolute.
 They would say,
These books contain knowledge
of death, desire, and decay,
betrayal, blood, and more blood;
each is a Pandora’s box, so why
would you want to open one.

They would post danger
signs warning that contact
might result in mood swings,
severe changes in vision,
and mind-altering effects.

If librarians were honest
they would admit the stacks
can be more seductive and
shocking than porn. After all,
once you’ve seen a few
breasts, vaginas, and penises,
more is simply more,
a comforting banality,
but the shelves of a library
contain sensational novelties,
a scandalous, permissive mingling
of Malcolm X, Marx, Melville,
Merwin, Millay, Milton, Morrison,
and anyone can check them out,
taking them home or to some corner
where they can be debauched
and impregnated with ideas.

If librarians were honest,
they would say, No one
spends time here without being
changed. Maybe you should
go home. While you still can.

Source: 5 Poems About Libraries

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye

She is holding the book close to her body,
carrying it home on the cracked sidewalk,
down the tangled hill.
If a dog runs at her again, she will use the book as a shield.

She looked hard among the long lines
of books to find this one.
When they start talking about money,
when the day contains such long and hot places,
she will go inside.
An orange bed is waiting.
Story without corners.
She will have two families.
They will eat at different hours.

She is carrying a book past the fire station
and the five and dime.

What this town has not given her
the book will provide; a sheep,
a wilderness of new solutions.
The book has already lived through its troubles.
The book has a calm cover, a straight spine.

When the step returns to itself,
as the best place for sitting,
and the old men up and down the street
are latching their clippers,

she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here.

Source: 5 Poems About Libraries