What’s the Most Influential Book of the Past 20 Years? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Happy new year everyone,

2019 has arrived. What a great way to bridge your resolutions by taking in a good book or two this year? Here are some scholars opinions on their favorites.


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Reading a good book is timeless. What are your thoughts on your favorite book from 2018 or at this point in your experience?

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A River of Books has People Pausing to Read

So when visiting a city, do you ever think about stopping to grab a good book? Well, one city decided to bring literacy to a whole new level. People and books were brought together in a most peculiar way.

Traffic stopped, roads were closed but reading and literacy were open to all. I don’t know about you but I have feeling that Mary Poppins was nearby. I hear she adores Toronto by the way.

What book or books has inspired you; that you never knew about until something extraordinary brought you together?


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Gould -Bourn, J. (2016). A River Of 10,000 Books Flood The Streets Of Toronto | Bored Panda.

IMDb. (2018). Mary poppins returns. 

An old idea connecting new people: “Dear Stanger” I’m here. Where are you?



Photo via Frank Sonneberg Online

While the concept of writing a physical letter has seen its day (Sorry Jane). Cyberly, our current norm doesn’t engage with others as in the days of pen pals or writing to strangers for the sake of positively connecting physically. Some say those days are over. Yes, today it is clearly no longer a typical daily social norm in most of our circles. However, some are highlighting this nostalgic expression as a way of bringing people together again.

The article below shines some light on an old idea connecting new people — the “Dear Stranger” concept allows people to engage in story-sharing as a way of reaching out to those outside of your immediate circle (stay with me — don’t get too uncomfortable yet), or to those you don’t know but might end up liking to. This outmoded concept begins to bridge people by adding to their sense of expansion. A little nudge to look outside our sometimes, narrow horizons, which take us beyond one’s surrounding limited peripheral view.


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Photo: https://www.franksonnenbergonline.com/posters/building-bridges-were-in-this-together/

City Libraries keep ‘going-green’ alive and kicking.


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In the hustle, bustle of the city, MC information professionals are doing their part to keep the concept of ‘going-green’ alive and kicking. Helping to make the city and its libraries safe, clean and livable to all, through large and small acts of camaraderie efforts.

Some of the key takeaways to ‘going-green’ can be to simply start somewhere, anywhere really, and then start small if you aren’t sure — pick up trash along your pathway; yes, even if it’s not yours (yuck!), how about biking to work/school? Or trying out your favorite concept of rak, the ongoing sweeping sensation (more on this in a later post). Think randomly here.

But for now, use one of the following as your starting point: Recycle, Reduce, Refine, Research, and Reuse. Together ‘going-green’ is always on point. Try it and comment on your favs.


B, Chelsea. MC. (2018). https://multcolib.org/blog/20180802/multnomah-county-libraries-earn-gold-going-green