What's That in Your Pocket?
You can put that new library card to work by checking out books to celebrate National Read a Book Day on September 6th. It's a day where book lovers and non-book lovers alike find a book they enjoy and spend the day in a relaxing spot to read for a bit. It's a day to disconnect from technology (unless you are reading an e-book) and spend time reading with friends and family, sharing a fantastic piece of literature.
Reading is a good way to learn about different places, famous people, other eras or learn how to do new things. It's also a very affordable means of entertainment by either making a movie in your mind or having beautiful illustrations!
Let's take a moment to travel back in time learn about early books:
- Book pages were made from used parchment or vellum (calf skin).
- Covers of books were made of wood and often covered with leather.
- Clasps or straps held books together.
- Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
- To prevent theft, books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf.
Moving into more modern times:
- Books are printed digitally using toner rather than ink.
- Books can be printed on-demand.
- E-books (electronic book)