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9 Books for a New Year’s Mood

31 Dec 2020

Snow is falling outside, electric garlands sparkle on the windows, and the smell of tangerines is in the air. “Let It Snow” sounds in stores, and TV channels are preparing for reruns of “The Irony of Fate”. This can only mean one thing: New Year is almost here!

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The History of a Book as a Universal Gift and what the Romans Have to Do with it

23 Dec 2020

There are a few days left until the New Year, and in the head of each of us hums a disturbing thought – what presents should I make for friends and family? Socks with deer, tea and holiday mugs consistently appear in the list of universal gifts, but they always yield the seat to the most popular option. A book! Make some hot chocolate and sit back: now we will figure out how the book became a universal gift for all occasions.

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How To Make Reading a Habit and Stop Ditching Books Halfway

17 Dec 2020

Sometimes the pages are hard to flip, and the lines are hard to read, and the back of the book doesn't sit right. Do you think you can make yourself read at least a page like that! No matter how interesting the book is, everyday life can take away all your strength, and circumstances can force you to put off all your favourite stories for a boundless "later". So how do you avoid burnout and make reading a habit? Let's figure it out.

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Why do Holmes Need Dr. Watson and Whoever are those Sidekicks?

14 Dec 2020

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin... In the world of detective stories this is a well-known formula – take a brilliant detective, give him a less intelligent assistant and get a book that the whole world will love. Why does it happen? Isn't a genius detective smart enough to solve cases alone? Doesn't a reader enjoy the progress of the investigation anyway? Today we will solve this riddle!

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About Spines and People: Nine Books with Libraries and their Employees

9 Dec 2020

Who do you think librarians are? Just people who "shoo" at everyone who dares to speak in the reading room? Drop all your stereotypes! Indeed, some of the most fascinating and exciting stories revolve around libraries and their employees full of sincere love for books and their work. Do you miss libraries while sitting in isolation? Is your library card covered in dust? Get out your notebooks: today, we're sharing nine exciting books where libraries are involved. They feature time travel, mysterious carnivals, and even cats. And books, of course.

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Why do Books Have this Shape (No, Not Just Because)

1 Dec 2020

Let's be honest: we're crazy about books. But have you ever wondered why they look like this? Both pocket books with the size of a maple leaf and huge dictionaries you can barely hold in your hands usually have the same rectangular shape and the same proportions. Why? Is it because of modern printing or is it something about us? Let's start our investigation!

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Infectious Fun: What and How People Read During the Spanish Flu

18 Nov 2020

Throughout its history, humankind has experienced catastrophes and pandemics more than once. Today's situation is not unique – it was only a hundred years ago that the epidemic of Spanish flu ended, which, however, seems to have disappeared from the collective memory. But it shouldn't have! What can help us adapt to the current situation better than the experience of past generations? In 1918–1920, people in isolation did not have the opportunity to make Zoom calls or watch TV series all day long, but there were books and time to read them. What did they read, what did they write about and how did they go through the Spanish flu pandemic? Let us have a closer look.

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"Where is a hedgehog" and who is Kupala: on what requests readers come to the site of the NLB

11 Nov 2020

Technology is moving forward, the Internet is actively developing day by day, but the human ability to ask questions seems to lose in skill. We are increasingly hammering word sets into the search bar without thinking about how they sound. It sounds funny! The Internet Portal Maintenance Department has prepared twelve of the most unusual search requests in search engines of the nlb.by. Did you find out your way to the library's website? Don't worry, we won't tell anyone.

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8 books we'll never read because they're... imaginary

4 Nov 2020

We often put into cold storage our reading. There is no time, no strength, a series has already been shot based on the book, which is much easier to watch... However, there is a category of books that will forever remain desirable for us, but unattainable. Why? Because they don't exist. Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen: today we will remember the most curious fictional books in literature!

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"Boo!": A Guide to Haunted Houses in Literature

30 Oct 2020

What could be more attractive and at the same time intimidating to the reader than haunted houses? For more than a hundred years, we have witnessed many sad stories where the main characters make the deal of the century and buy a house in which they themselves are unexpected guests. The dream turns into a nightmare, and the home walls no longer seem safe. Here's a guide to the most mystically dangerous real estate in literature!

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Magic for dummies: what fairy tales they adapt and what to read to tell them

22 Oct 2020

Since then, as a person learned to put sounds into words, and words into sentences, the world around him began to rapidly grow into fairy tales. Magic stories explained everything that frightened by its unknown, the change of seasons, birth, death, the color of the plumage of birds and the appearance of fire. What about them now? They suffered the fate of unbridled adaptation. Old fairy tales are rewritten over and over again in a new way, their motives are woven into other stories. How is this done, and most importantly, why? Let's take a look at the history of the adaptation of the fairytale classics.

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