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[01/04/17]   Share your old books:


Best gift for booklovers.

What a great idea. Wear your favorite book.

www.litographs.com 130 books to choose from. Find a gift for everyone on your list!


Book Towns: Where Reading Is the Reason to Live

Book Towns? I am in! I am going have to pack a really large bag to bring books home in...


atlasobscura.com Definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events.

Happy Olympics... Now get reading.

Too true!


The World Is Round: A Tiny 1938 Children’s Book by Gertrude Stein

We just sold a copy of this great little book a few months ago. It was a find! I wonder if we will every encounter another copy...

brainpickings.org "A rose is a rose is a rose."


Carving Culture: Sculptural Masterpieces Made from Old Books


brainpickings.org "The infinite ways a book can be explored with our minds and our tools has just begun." As a fervent lover of papercraft, book sculpture,


Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.

The little prince of New York :)

npr.org Antoine Saint-Exupery didn't write his beloved book in Paris, but in Long Island and Manhattan.

Books for everyone!

This not-so-ordinary 13 year old girl distributes over one million books to kids in need: http://bit.ly/1c7Ow4J

Share this to inspire young people to take issues they care about into their own hands.

Thanks for sharing Women You Should Know.


Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

I love these!

brainpickings.org "There's a future in books…and a book in your future!" After yesterday's vintage ads for iconic books, how about some vintage ads and p


Help PreK Build Our Classroom Library!

We know some kids who are getting new books this Christmas! If you haven't checked it out yet, DonorsChoose.org is a great way to give a donation right in your community--to a new teacher, a particular age group, a special project. You chose what is important to you and make it happen. This year Wordplay Books and Media is giving the gift of books to a preschool class in Baltimore. Merry Christmas, kiddos!

donorschoose.org Do you remember the first time you held a book? Often, for my students, this is not a reality until they enter school. Many of my young learners have never read a story or held a book before. Help... My students need 32 story books that will help them connect thematic material in meaningful, fun and...

[09/20/13]   The National Book Festival begins tomorrow on the National Mall and we are so excited! Amid all of the books and merriment you will find authors Margaret Atwood (who's work, truth be told, I find rather creepy), Giada DiLaurentis--who is being presented as a children's author, and writer and illustrator, Brian Pinkney! Check out all of the festivities and a full schedule here: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/


True Love, Book Fights, And Why Ugly Stories Matter : NPR

It is almost the weekend--time to dive into a good book!

npr.org If we can't tell stories about the hardest things to live through, how do we tell stories about those who live through them?

[09/18/13]   We just donated a case of children's books to a new first grade teacher and her students in Vienna, VA!

We still have more to share--let us know if you need them.

[09/15/13]   Wordplay is back up and online! After a longer hiatus than we thought, the books are back on shelves and available via the interweb :) We have made some changes--like liquidating most of our children's books. If you know of a classroom or child that is in need of books, message us. We are always happy to share the joy of books with kids.


Book News: 'The Great Gypsy'? School Reading List Is Error-Riddled : NPR

To the poor kid looking for a copy of The Great Gypsy to read, we are truly sorry.

npr.org Also: Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen to star in a comic book; Nathaniel Rich on noir lit; a profile of a literary fraudster.


E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage

E books are the new paperbacks...and despite what George Orwell thought, about the former neither will be the ruination of books as we know them...what do you think?

nytimes.com A federal judge’s antitrust finding against Apple over e-book prices underscores how much the book industry has changed and bolsters the advantage held by the online retailer.

I am hoping a kid used that sticker as his book review.


Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

A little view into the real life world of Sylvia Plath. Time to re-read The Bell Jar...

brainpickings.org What a catalog of superficiality reveals about the complex inner worlds of young women.


The Growth Game: A Millennial's Guide to Professional Development and The DAD System

Check out this new book (edited by my friend Jenn). If you have a graduation to attend, this might be the gift to give!

amazon.com The Growth Game: A Millennial's Guide To Professional Development And The DAD System By Eddy Ricci, Jr. Foreword by Alan Weiss, PhD Today’s young professional grew up with instant access to information and the ability to connect with more people than ever before. The Growth Game helps the ...


The Growth Game: A Millennial's Guide to Professional Development and The DAD System

Check out this new book (edited by my friend Jenn). If you have a graduation to attend, this might be the gift to give!

amazon.com The Growth Game: A Millennial's Guide To Professional Development And The DAD System By Eddy Ricci, Jr. Foreword by Alan Weiss, PhD Today’s young professional grew up with instant access to information and the ability to connect with more people than ever before. The Growth Game helps the ...

This from my friend Lynne. It's so true :)

Happiness :)

Now there is a comfy reading spot. I wonder if you can actually climb in...

Looking for a new place to enjoy reading your favorite book?

The Cleveland Public Library is now home to a giant "reading nest": http://bit.ly/17uOv9v

Books. They're the foundation of everything.


'Cinnamon And Gunpowder': Haute Cuisine On The High Seas : NPR

Well folks, I haven't posted in a while. Wordplay HQ has had a bit of a flood, so we are slogging and sloshing through the aftermath and off line for a while. BUT, all of this has me thinking that it is time to renew a tradition I started years and years ago. I would pick an author or a theme and spend a whole year immersing myself in books on that topic. Two of my favorites were FDR and Louia May Alcott. My new topic is inspired by the inches of water that have recently been vacated from our floor--The High Seas. The first book is The Drums of Autumn, the third book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The second will be the book below. Check out the link and see if you want to read along. And if you have other reccommendations for books on the topic of epic adventures on the water, please pass them along!

npr.org When a pirate kidnaps a chef to serve her own gustatory pleasures, his creativity is taxed as he prepares feasts — like a Regency-era Iron Chef — using only shipboard supplies.

[05/24/13]   Where does a girl with thousands of books find herself rushing to this fine Friday evening? Why the public library, of course!

Look at all those books--they are headed into artistic expression, never to be read again. I am torn; I love books and I love art. What do you think about that?

Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art opens today at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Some of the recycled books used in the exhibit were locally sourced through organizations such as Charleston Library Friends. A gallery walk-through with the artists and opening reception start tonight at 5pm. Admission is free.

Impatience kind of defeats the point, doesn't it?

Hanging out on a rainy Saturday at Wordplay HQ.

Ad at the end of the day, we donated hundreds of books to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Good morning! We're heading into the stacks today. Here's a picture of fun we had at the Reston community yard sale last weekend. I love our sign.


How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules

A book and a perfect cup of tea always compliment one another, don't you think?

brainpickings.org “One strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lover snot only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.”



The first line about this exhibit says; "In an increasingly digital world, books are becoming less and less relevant." I tend to disagree. My books will never need a charger and no pop up will ever interrupt my thought through the pages.

Alas, I still want to see the exhibit to see what they have transformed these tomes into.


spoletousa.org For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolinas historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with over 120 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symp...

[05/10/13]   Tomorrow's the day! We're bringing HUNDREDS of books to the Reston Community Yard Sale!

Come out and see us--and 95 other vendors!

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reston Association parking lot, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive


Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

Looks like curiosity isn't being rewarded (see link). There is a lot of emphasis on engaging kids, especially girls, in STEM subjects. Sometimes learning is loud, or messy, or dangerous, but that is what learning is all about, don't you think?

popsci.com On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an

[04/27/13]   We're at one of our favorite book buying events of the year! Can't wait to show you what we found!


All the 2012 Best-of Reading Lists, Together at Last

One of the best things about summer is the onslaught of summer reading lists! Here is a list of lists (so much to read, so little time!!) of the best of the bests from last year to get you started creating a "to read" list of your own!


brainpickings.org The year's finest reading, organized by subject. By popular demand, here are all of this year's best-of omnibus reading lists, in one sha


List of Words and Phrases Shakespeare Invented

Thanks Shakespear for new words and now favorite phrases! http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/word-lists/list-of-words-and-phrases-shakespeare-invented.html

grammar.yourdictionary.com A list of words and phrases Shakespeare invented

[04/23/13]   Happy Birthday (and anniversary of your death) William Shakespear! We shan't compare thee to a summer day--though thou art lovely, temperate is not a word we would use to describe you!


On The Move: Three Books To Keep Out Of The Boxes : NPR

As much as I lament the heavy boxes, I had to stop and smile when I found a box of MY books. It included a beat up copy of Jane Eyre from the mid 1800s that I dug out of a stack in the basement of a used book store that is no longer there; a book of poetry from my friend Shannon Utsey, and more than a few books on my first political love, Joghn F. Kennedy. If you have a book that has been with you around the world or around you life, tell us about it.

This seemed appropriadte reading as we unpack, sort, and shelve our more than 3,000 books this week.

npr.org Author Sloane Crosley is moving apartments — and, just as importantly, her library. Some books will come with her; others won't. But when she can't find the sheets or shampoo, these are the titles she'll want easy access to.

Comfy chairs for the avid reader. I am kind of partial to the one that looks like a hamster wheel.

10 amazing chairs for book lovers: http://bit.ly/14NKlrO

Share this with your friends who like to read.

Did you know Wordplay loves music almost as much as books? Right now we are excited about Listening Night--a web series by our friend Rich Borosky. Check it out and if you move fast, you can get in on the creation of the very first Listening Night mix tape.


Today, I'm trying something new. Instead of just posting songs that I like, I want to hear from YOU (I always have, honestly.) So, we're launching a new feature called "Let's Make-A-Mix." I'll take the songs, as proposed by the first twenty different people to post in this thread, and burn them to a disc which will then be given away at random at the end of the week. Or something like that. We'll see how this works. As for now, what's YOUR song for today? GO!!


Poet Laureate Calls for Poems, Artwork

If you live in Alexandria, VA a poet laureat is looking for your poetic musings and artwork for a cool project called MAPP: Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures. If you don't live in Alexandria--write about your town anyway!

oldtownalexandria.patch.com Alexandria residents are invited to submit poems and artwork about their city.


Book News: Shakespeare Was A Tax Evader And Food Hoarder, Researchers Say : NPR

I have long since suspected this:

npr.org Also: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie disses V. S. Naipaul; a new biography of Derrida; and the best books coming out this week.

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