Byte-Size Blair | March 21

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram, give us a look.

If you’re in NC like we are, in the past week you made it through primary voting, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the first (chilly) day of spring. Congratulations, now unwind with some social media highlights from the week.

  1. Puppy video? Yes please! Slow motion puppy video? Even better!
  2. Whether voting day made you excited or exhausted, this look at the rise of North Carolina Republicans is sure to be of interest to voters statewide.
  3. Not quite ready for St. Patrick’s Day to be over? We can recommend some green books for you.
  4. Asheville loves this banjo-playing author of Bearwallow.
  5. Spring has sprung! If you’re gearing up for a scenic road trip perhaps this vintage poster for the Blue Ridge Parkway will help you pick a destination.

Today is World Poetry Day so curl up with some nice verse tonight.

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Byte-Size Blair | March 14

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram, give us a look. In the meantime, enjoy this collection of posts.

  1. Today is Pi Day! Celebrate by making this delicious buttermilk pie from chef Stephanie L. Tyson at Sweet Potatoes restaurant.
  2. Award season has begun in the book industry. Check out these talented Blair finalists.
  3. For Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day we’re proud to share this Essence interview with author and activist Sybil Haydel Morial, author of Witness to Change.
  4. Fun and educational, here’s an infographic about book cover design.
  5. Seeking creative indie booksellers who explain the industry with puppets? We’ve got you covered.

Now go enjoy some pie like this little guy!

Photo courtesy of Michael McGurk/Rex

Byte-Size Blair | February 29

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram, give us a look.

Don’t forget to add The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard to your Goodreads shelf and enter to win a free copy!

  1. The late Coretta Scott King praised one of the books in our Black History Month campaign, calling it “invaluable and indispensable” (NewSouth Books).
  2. Our authors are multi-talented. Check out this piece about Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s playwright debut, Hiram: Becoming Hank Williams.
  3. This week we had a beer in honor of John Steinbeck’s birthday.
  4. We love this Dr. Seuss-inspired snow sculpture at his alma mater Dartmouth.
  5. We’re wrapping up Black History Month today with a special poetry feature, Voices Beyond Bondage.

Happy Leap Day everyone!

Byte-Size Blair | February 16

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, give us a look.

Happy birthday to LeVar Burton, a champion of reading!

  1. Take a look at this picture of former first lady of New Orleans, Sybil Morial, in her Mardi Gras costume from 1939.
  2. This student resource about inferences vs. predictions is helpful for readers of all ages.
  3. Here are 10 Bookish Feelings you didn’t realize you needed a word for until now.
  4. You can watch this great book talk MacArthur Genius and author Tiya Miles did at the University of Michigan.
  5. Blair is now on Instagram. Give us a follow!

This cat wants the cold weather to go away.

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Byte-Size Blair | February 8

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, give us a look.

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras but before you start celebrating check out this week in review.

  1. Our president’s 30th anniversary with Blair was February 1st! Woooo! Congratulations Carolyn!
  2. Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr. was Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book last week.
  3. We laughed at this book dedication…and then tripped.
  4. Do you live in books like Neil Gaiman?
  5. Our Black History Month campaign continues on Facebook. For further reading check out This Day in Civil Rights History by Horace Randall Williams and Ben Beard and follow us for more suggestions.

Let the festivities begin!

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Byte-Size Blair | February 1

We’re back (after a long hiatus) with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, give us a look.

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day so keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine in the forecast.

  1. Today is the start of Black History Month and we’re celebrating by featuring a book a day on our Facebook page. See more here and check out the first post from Greensboro, NC.
  2. Take a peek inside Neil Gaiman’s personal library and look forward to a new Minotaur book from Steven Sherrill this fall.
  3. Forsaken by Ross Howell Jr. (NewSouth Books) is quite popular at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC. Check out Ross’s upcoming tour dates here.
  4. Publishers Weekly calls The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard an engrossing story.
  5. Links We Love: Bookstores and Libraries – The Most Wonderful Places on Earth.

It’s nice to be back in the Byte-Size game! This dog agrees!

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Bite-Size Blair | April 13

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, TwitterTumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Tomorrow is National Library Workers Day…now that’s a celebration that we can get behind!

  1. Tiya Miles is back at it with an article about Easter on Huffington Post’s Black Voices.
  2. These chicks just might be our spirit animals!
  3. Bob Garner’s book received a wonderful review by the The Sun News.
  4. We want to nurture a love of literature in everyone – regardless of age or experience with books.
  5. What books did you read this weekend? We’d love to hear about them!

That’s all, folks! Get outside and enjoy those blooms!