The holidays are all warm memories now, unless you have an extra tin of those special Christmas cookies hidden on the top shelf in the pantry. The cold winds and blowing snow will dominate the weather for the next few months in the colder states, but have no fear, the snow crocuses will poke their dainty heads up to grab some warm rays of late March sunshine. Those seed catalogues which come in the mail will help you think of warm weather for sure. Your New Year’s resolutions should still be on your front page, and I hope everyone is able to stay the course.
In the November issue of The Microbibliophile we talked about the future of collecting and miniature books from a few different perspectives including expanding our outreach into the world of children and young collectors. Everyone seems to recognize that "collecting" is something that has appealed mostly to those who are members of the traditional and Baby Boomer generations. This is certainly a good thing because that identifies a very abundant source of teachers and facilitators for all of the generation X, Y, and Z readers.
The problem resides in just what is the best way to help people enjoy and understand the value of printed books in a digital world flooded with information. During 2017, I will continue this journey to teach and facilitate young bibliophiles. I am mapping out my plans to "overhaul" The Microbibliophile web page to expand our digital presence with a host of offerings. I can certainly use your help, as everyone knows the best things in life are joint efforts, and as they say in the world of project management "plan to plan or plan to fail."
Additionally, Plum Park Press has provided two exciting new titles and there are two titles from Bo Press and an example of a "blank book" from Booksby Press. Nina Mazzo continues her journey through the LXIVMOS and "Books That Went To War." Sherry Mayo shares with us a story about the joy of working with children. Todd Sommerfeld reports on a few items "Not In Bradbury," Mr. Robert Hanson takes us into the kitchen with cooking books, and Joan Knoertzer has provided some after dinner reading with Freddy Ferret. Then there is an article about the "Heinz 57." Read on!
Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend. We all like to share and talk about miniature books, they are our passion. Diversity is the key to success for both our readers as well as our contributors. It brings me, a warm smile when I open a message from a reader and their message is "WOW, so many different articles and so many contributors." Who can foresee what sparkle can shine forth from your eyes with the turning of each page. Keep those ideas and thoughts coming; they are like a wheelbarrow full of fresh fruits and vegetables, good for the body and soul. Please look through your bookshelves, there most certainly is a story there that you will want to share or a subject to be researched. Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your home and life. The job of editor is certainly a learning experience and a labor of love. Thank you!