6 Memorable Gardens in Literature

We’re deep in the heart of spring this month, that time of year when Bas Bleu‘s editors enjoy digging in the dirt, potting colorful flowers, and generally gussying up our green space. But when you’re a reader, there’s no need to pull on gardening gloves or relocate errant earthworms to spend time in a beautiful garden. Simply open a book! In honor of the blooming season, we’re tipping our sunhats to six memorable gardens in literature. Continue reading

Fresh Spring Picks 2021

An updated version of our Spring 2021 edition lands in mailboxes today, sprinkled with new books and gifts chosen because…well, because we couldn’t fit all that awesomeness in the first time around! Fingers crossed the weather in your neighborhood is beginning to cooperate, and you’re looking forward to alfresco reading marathons surrounded by blooming flowers, chirping birds, warm sunshine—and neighbors who do not fire up their lawnmowers or weed whackers at the exact moment you settle down outside. Even if temperamental spring weather and sky-high pollen counts keep you indoors, we hope these fresh spring picks from Bas Bleu will add a little cheer to your day. Continue reading

Spring Reading List 2021

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What a difference a year makes! Yes, we’re still grappling with the coronavirus, and political dissension hasn’t magically disappeared. But as we watch the fruit trees begin to bud and the daffodil shoots push free from the soil, we feel hopeful for the future. At Bas Bleu, we’re celebrating the promise of the new season in true bleu fashion: by delivering our Spring 2021 edition (and the following spring reading list) to readers nationwide! Continue reading

7 Books to Read During Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, but we don’t need to turn the calendar page to celebrate the contributions women have made to human history. At Bas Bleu, we’ve long highlighted women’s stories, both the well-known and the less familiar or overlooked. Today in the Bluestocking Salon, we’re highlighting just a few of those remarkable life stories with our list of seven books to read during Women’s History Month. Continue reading

How Libraries Continue to Serve During the Pandemic

COVID-19 disrupted just about every aspect of life in America…and libraries were not immune. Officially, they’re book repositories, but public libraries also operate as community centers, technology access points, continuing education centers, after-school hangouts, and unofficial social services agencies. When the pandemic forced libraries across the country to shut down, their doors may have locked but their work never stopped. From finding creative new ways to continue regular services (e.g., curbside book pickup, e-library card sign-ups, virtual storytime) to offering pandemic-specific services, libraries have stepped up in a big way. The Bas Bleu community is full of library lovers (and February is Library Lovers Month), so we thought we’d share just a handful of examples of how libraries continue to serve during the pandemic. Continue reading

7 Black Librarians You Should Know

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but it packs quite the one-two punch! Not only is it Black History Month, it’s also Library Lovers Month…and the perfect opportunity for Bas Bleu to celebrate the accomplishments of Black trailblazers in American library history. We can’t begin to profile all of the men and women who deserve a spot on this list, but allow us to introduce you to seven Black librarians you should know. Continue reading

Winter Self-Care Kit

After the sparkle and warmth of the holiday season—even in a year when celebrations were subdued—the winter cold, bare trees, and slumbering earth feel particularly dull and dark. Factor in the additional stress of COVID fatigue, prolonged social restrictions, and continuing political unrest, and you have a surefire recipe for the January bleus. Time and patience hopefully will resolve many (though not all) of the present challenges; until then, we’re cherishing the small pleasures we can incorporate into our daily lives. With that in mind, the Bas Bleu editors assembled this winter self-care kit, a collection of products we hope will deliver a dash of comfort and joy. Continue reading

2021 Winter Reading List

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At long last, 2020 is over, and we step into a new year filled with hope. Many aspects of life still remain uncertain, but Bas Bleu is thrilled to offer something you can count on: New books! Our Winter 2021 edition lands in mailboxes this week, filled to the brim with fresh reads, cozy gifts, beautiful note cards, and plenty of new puzzles to keep you busy through winter’s cold days and long nights. Y’all loved our seasonal reading collections in 2020, so we’re continuing them in the new year, with three winter sets for you to choose from: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Mysteries. In the meantime, we’ve assembled a 2021 winter reading list, highlighting a dozen new (to Bas Bleu) titles to whet your appetite. Continue reading