- Alissa Walker says Alfred Schwarz’s Scary Stories to Tell the Dark used to scare the bejesus out of her. She read them anyway. (i09)
- Moira from Vulpes Libres had to weed her library, even though her collection was her biography.
- It wasn’t enough for Charles Dickens to invent some of the best characters and stories in English literature; he also had to make up book titles for his home library. (Flavorwire)
- Chi Luu wonders why everyone is so down on punning. Beware, there are a lot of groaners in this post. (Daily JSTOR)
- The ladies at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books share their embarrassing memories of visiting the library.
- Ceilidhann says a lot of the things I think about J.K. Rowling’s continued expansion of the Potterverse, but much more eloquently. (Bibliodaze)
- Lauren Barack reports on a bad, bad idea: letting parents remotely monitor their children’s library checkouts. The chilling effect of this just made me shiver. (School Library Journal)
- Alexander Chee has a strange moment in a bookstore. (LitHub)
- Mairead Dixon documents a story that broke my heart. An ad hoc library in Darayya, Syria is keeping books for its citizens until they can come return for them. (The Mirror)
It was a good week on the bookish internet.