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Shelf Stable: March 29
And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.
 – Ursula K. Le Guin
Hello friends,

I’ve been chatting with a lot of friends while stuck inside (brag), but I’ve been finding that I’m grasping at straws for what to talk about. What did you do today? I read, I wrote, went for a walk, ate. What did you do yesterday? I read, I get the idea. To help all of us come up with some good quarantine stories, I’ve made a little bookish mad libs for you.

Today, I went for a walk with [author of your current read] ________. Don’t worry, we kept 6 feet apart. We walked around [setting of current read] ________ and saw [classic literary villain] ________ riding a [mythical creature with 4+ legs] _________. We tipped our hats and asked [villain] ______ where they were going. 

“To the [food you ate for dinner] ______ factory to [verb] ______ the [component of said dinner] ______ and distribute them to all the [favorite children’s literary character] _______s.” 

Then [villain] ______ and the [mythical creature] _______ disappeared in a [shape] ______ of smoke.

“I thought they were evil,” I said.

“We all contain multitudes,” said [author of current read] _______.

I went home and watched Twitter for news, but didn’t see anything about a [food you ate for dinner] _______ factory. 

Have fun and stay safe!
Meaghan @ PSB
Events We Missed
Need some inspiration?
Here is a writing activity from Mark Nowak, author Social Poetics .

Haiku had always been an important form in Mark's workshops; they had a visit from Hiraoki Sato, who wrote On Haiku , studied haiku from Japanese internment camps and from the prison writing workshops at Attica, and even performed with Sonia Sanchez. On March 7, Mark decided they should write #CoronavirusHaiku — not knowing or even imagining back then, just a few weeks ago, the extent of the current crisis, especially in New York City. They wrote them that afternoon, and workers have been writing them ever since.

Then, try writing one yourself. (Or two or three or however many you feel like.)

And if you work in service, retail, or healthcare you can submit your haiku to Mark at
More PSB Cribs!
Josh has been working for Porter Square Books for fifteen years and counting so he's built up quite a library. Make sure to watch until the end to see some special items from his collection.
Your Library is Open Too!
Keeping engaged and entertained can be one of the hardest things about being trapped at home for any length of time, especially if you're trying to not spend a ton of money having things shipped to you. Good news! Over the years many libraries have developed digital collections, ebooks, audiobooks, music, even movies you can borrow from the library without ever leaving your house. Here are links to the digital collections of two of our local libraries:

There are a few different borrowing apps you can add to your phone - some of us here like the Libby app. Don't have a library card? ( Psst--in Massachusetts, you can sign up for one online. ) Maybe your local library doesn't have a digital collection. Then Project Gutenberg is the place for you. Project Gutenberg has over 60,000 public domain ebooks that can download or read in your browser. It is an amazing resource, filled with hundreds of classic works and super fun hidden gems, like this one .
Support Cafe Zing baristas!
Although Cafe Zing is its own business separate from ours, we really don't see it that way: Zing workers are part of the Porter Square Books family. They keep us well supplied - very well supplied - with caffeine, kindness, and some great tunes. Sometimes they give us staff picks; sometimes we give them exact change because we've bought the same, perfect, comforting, delicious beverage twice a day five days a week for how long, now?

They're our family, and they could use a hand. If you are able, please considering donating to the Cafe Zing GoFundMe; 100% of proceeds go to baristas. What might you have spent at Zing over the past weeks if it we were in normal times? If that $10 is still in your wallet, consider putting it in their tip jar. We love you, Zing!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco

A great new fantasy series that combines Filipino culture, anti-ICE sentiments, and traditional fairy tale themes all in one.
We want to hear from you!
Got a great Porter Square Books story? A favorite memory, purchase, interaction you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them! Send us a paragraph and let us know if you're OK with us sharing. We'll try not to cry!
Audio Book Of The Month
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

" Oona Out of Order is a work of fiction that genuinely encouraged me to reflect upon my own mortality and the trajectory of my life. Oona wakes up on her birthday every year in a different part of her life. The difficulty this imposes is fascinating. Pop culture and music is ever-present, as Oona is a musician and chapter titles are taken from song titles or lyrics. What would it be to live your life out of order? To instinctively want to second guess and redo what you saw as failures? At the heart, Oona Out of Order is about mastering the art of living in the moment and it is a terribly fun romp."
-Rachel, Avid Bookshop
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