Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” – Gabriel García Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera


Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez

Nobel Laureate and brilliant author Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday. The Colombian-born writer was a master of magical realism, a genre in which the impossible and the realistic are intertwined. About this writing style, he wrote, “I say extraordinary things in an ordinary tone. It’s possible to get away with ANYTHING as long as you make it believable.” His books were translated into dozens of languages and were developed into dozens of television and movie adaptations.

Gabo, as he was affectionately nicknamed, changed my world several times. I remember quite clearly sitting in the shade in Houston, Texas, in June 1997, reading “Love in the Time of Cholera.” I was so engrossed, I didn’t mind the sweltering humidity. There are very few books that stay with you in this way, such that you remember the thread of your life that they accompanied as you read them. His books were that for me.

Read more here.

To find Marquez’s books in the Lynn Library, click here.

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Veterans Day Salute to WWII pilots

This photo of my father's plane is in the Smithsonian.

This photo of my father’s plane is in the Smithsonian.

I am proud to say that during World War II my Dad was a B-26 pilot who flew 64 missions over Europe, including D-Day. Before he died, Dad wrote his memoirs of experiences which he gave to his friends and family. Stories like Dad’s are important as we have fewer and fewer WWII veterans left. The Lynn Library has several e-books memoirs of that vanishing breed, the World War II pilot:

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Does Using the Library Lead to Better Grades?

There is a strong possibility that using the library leads to better grades.  A recent study of “33,074 undergraduate students across eight U.K. universities…. Successfully demonstrated a statistically significant relationship between library resource use [of print and electronic materials as well as studying in the library building] and level of degree result; however, any conclusions drawn are not indicators that library usage and student attainment have a causal relationship”1.  In other words, they couldn’t say that using the library causes you to have better grades, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

But, let us consult another “expert” on the subject.  The “New Spice Guy” recently visited the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.  Watch the video below to see how library use improved his grades.

1Stone, Graham, and Bryony Ramsden. “Library Impact Data Project: Llooking for the Link between Library Usage and Student Attainment.” College and Research Libraries (2013). Web. 6 Nov. 2013.

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The weekend America lost its innocence

On Face the Nation yesterday, Bob Schieffer talked about the significance of the Kennedy assassinated, which happend 50 years ago next month.  I think you will find his comments very insightful.  If you want to know more about President Kennedy’s life, presidency and death check out Remembering JFK.

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Author Neil Gaiman advocates for libraries

If there’s anyone who knows how to create beautiful visions through art and the written word, it’s Neil Gaiman. Author of books like Coraline, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and the Graveyard Book, Gaiman has won numerous awards, including the HugoNebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. Neil Gaiman

In a speech to London’s Reading Agency on October 13, Gaiman gave a rousing lecture on the significance of libraries, which made this passionate reader well up, both with pride for what libraries accomplish, and indignance at those who would threaten libraries’ survival. He writes:

I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally.

He touches on the correlations between an illiterate society and criminality. He touches on how reading inspires innovation, imagination, fantasy, and empathy. And most importantly to me, he poses libraries as the gateway to literacy and innovation, by their very nature of being the gateway to information. He conveys a fascinating statistic:

According to Eric Schmidt of Google, every two days now the human race creates as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation until 2003.

And he notes, correctly, that libraries offer perhaps the only level playing field that offer a way to navigate through all that information.

We are not here to be storehouses of information. We are here to help users navigate the vast and exponentially growing world of information, so that they can become better citizens of the world.

Who could argue with that? Unfortunately, many do.

  • See this story about the – so far, sadly, successful – attack on libraries in Kentucky;
  • or this story about the ongoing threat – fortunately averted for now – to de-fund Miami-Dade public libraries;
  • or this story about ongoing, devastating cuts to school libraries;
  • or this all-too-common blog post about “the end of libraries” which shows a clear and vast misunderstanding of libraries in general, and, as another blogger remarks, expresses the shortsighted view that “if they do not use something, it has no value for anyone.”

I believe libraries are essential, but we have a real perception problem. We need to find ways to convince – that is, prove with data – that we are valuable and then find ways to shout that from the rooftops. Do you agree, and if so, do you have any ideas?

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by | October 21, 2013 · 4:15 pm

Prize Winning Writer

So you want to be writer.  You dream of a Pulitzer or Noble prize.  How do you get started?  Take a few minutes to be inspired by the wisdom of Alice Munroe, the latest winner of the Noble Prize for literature.  Watch the video below to hear Ms. Munro talk about how early reading inspired her future career as a writer.

I must confess that I have not read any of Munro’s stories, but after watching the video I will check out one of her short story collections owned by the Lynn Library:

  • PR9199.3 .M8 F7 1990                     Friend of My Youth.
  • PR9199.3.M8 L68 1999                    The Love of a Good Woman.
  • PR9199.3.M8 R86 2004                   Runaway.
  • PR9199.3.M8 V54 2006                   The View from Castle Rock

Also, we have the film Away from Her which is based on one of her short stories.

And while I am in the mood for confessing, I must tell Dr. Jeff Morgan that I have still not read Moby Dick and don’t plan to.

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Hello from the new Library Director

I'm Amy Filiatreau (that's Filly-AH-tro)

I’m Amy Filiatreau
(that’s Filly-AH-tro)

Hello Lynn! I’m excited to join the team as Lynn’s new Library Director. I’ve only been here about 6 weeks, but I can tell that Lynn has something special, and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’d love to hear about what YOU need and want from the library.

I want to hear from as many students, faculty and staff as possible, so you can find quality information seamlessly in an environment - in or outside the library building - that helps you study, collaborate, relax, and research. Think outside the books and let us know what the library can do for you.

We’re planning a few changes already that I hope will improve your experience. We are going to overhaul our web site, improve the way you can search our library catalog and other resources, and continue enhancing our e-resources and technology so you can get to what you need from your iPad Mini or other device, on-campus or across the globe. We are hiring a new Outreach Librarian, because I think it’s crucial that we work hard to come to where you are and not wait for you to come to us. We want to improve the library spaces to enhance this beautiful building with better furniture and signage, more events and exhibits, and more.

We’d love your input to make sure we’re doing it right. Add a comment below, shoot me an email (, call/text me (561-221-7997), or come by anytime. You can reach any of the Lynn librarians through our web site ( or our mobile app, via chat, text, email, phone, and in person.

She has a hard time relaxing, as you can tell.

She has a hard time relaxing, as you can tell.

I came to Lynn from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and  I’m…very gradually…unpacking. I was born and raised in Louisville, KY, but I’ve lived nomadically (Chicago, Santa Fe, Annapolis, Austin, Houston, DC, NYC…) so I’m used to finding my way around a new place. Advice on restaurants, dentists, mechanics, etc. is always welcome!

I live in Delray Beach with my kitten, Cortez – a half-feral stray who adopted me in a taco stand parking lot 10 hours before I was to drive 19 hours down here with a 26’ moving truck and my car on a trailer. I guess I thought moving wasn’t challenging enough – had to add a scared, scrawny kitten to the mix. She’s now a sassy housekitten.

So – if something bugs you about the library, or if there’s something wonderful that you want more of, or if you can’t find something you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll fix it or find it for you.  I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and making Lynn and South Florida my home for a long time to come.

 Amy Filiatreau 


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