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Literary Love: The Secret to Bookstore Speed Dating

An independent bookstore can provide a place for friends to gather, a cozy environment to read, or a communal spot where people can bond over the love of books. But have you considered your bookshop to be a potential place where more than the love of books can be found? Could your store deliver more romantic stories than the novels that lie on your bookshelf? We think so! 


Binc’s Ongoing Dedication to Booksellers

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has provided booksellers support for over 22 years, and their substantial impact has changed our industry. Binc has created an easy way to give back to brick and mortar bookstore- employees during financial crisis. They have given over $6.5 million in tax free financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families and they are always striving to make a difference in the book industry. We recently spoke with Pamela French, Binc’s Executive Director, to hear about how they are continuing to help and influence the lives of indies. 


Discover 6 Indie Bookstores Celebrating #BookstoreDay 2018

Indie Bookstores are considered important parts of our communities, an oasis for passionate readers, a live music space, and a home away from home. Thanks to booksellers around the world, we are all able to escape reality and dive into adventures of heroism, fairytale, or true history. In the spirit of Independent Bookstore Day, we are celebrating all the amazing things they do. 


Adventures in Podcasting: Two Librarians And A Microphone

Donna George, MLS, Director of Product Management
When I started my work in public libraries over 30 years ago, would I have guessed that I would be managing a branch library right about now? Not so much. Like many folks in many different professions, a few interests and decisions along the way have led me to a much different place. As Director of Product Management at Ingram Library Services, I’m thrilled to be working with hundreds of libraries and thousands of librarians across the country.  


Let’s Celebrate Indie Bookstores 2018

Spring is finally here, which means Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is just around the corner! At Ingram Content Group, books have been our passion for more than 50 years, and we’re more devoted than ever to supporting indie bookstores—large and small—and celebrating them on Independent Bookstore Day, and every day! 


Get To Know Copper Canyon Press

By Stephen Sparks, Little Infinite Editor
I ran through several drafts of an introduction this interview with Copper Canyon’s Joseph Bednarik, but finally came to the conclusion that the most effective way to present the forty-five year old nonprofit press was to provide a list of some of their authors. And so, before getting to Joseph’s answers below, consider that Copper Canyon, the best poetry publisher in the U.S. if not the world, has published the likes of Pablo Neruda, W.S. Merwin, Ocean Vuong, Adrienne Rich, C.D. Wright, Lucille Clifton, Octavio Paz, and hundreds more. 


Get To Know City Lights Books

For most, City Lights is synonymous with the Beat Generation, a bookstore that became a gathering spot for poets who have since entered the pantheon of post-war American literature. But in the sixty-five years since its modest beginning, City Lights has embraced an eclectic aesthetic, publishing a wide range of works that do not fit easily into any simple categorization. Stephen Sparks, Little Infinite’s editor, emailed Elaine Katzenberger, publisher and executive director of City Lights publishing program, to find out what the press looks for in its famed poetry series. 


How Politics Shape Everything: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

So much of what we think we know is perceived through a political lens—education, women’s rights, even public library funding. How can libraries respond to this social shift without losing the integrity of their missions? 


The Golden Rule of Librarianship: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

The 2016 election turned up the heat on an already simmering political climate. What can libraries do to promote civil discourse—in the home, at schools, and in the workplace—when at high levels those lessons are lacking? 


Why Quilting Books Need to be Part of Your Library’s Collection

Joyce Skokut, Director Collection Development
If your library hasn’t tapped into the quilters in your community in some way, you’re missing the boat. There is so much passion for quilting that a discussion group session held in the library is an easy way to attract and engage patrons who visit your library, and there is a wealth of titles to be checked out! A quick Google search shows that many public libraries do just this, but so many have yet to tap into the rich quilting culture.