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In answer to Bill's comment that "I heard they are attempting to scan every book in the world to make a huge data base of every book known to man. It is a huge project, I just hope there will be access for everybody for free." If you haven't discovered "Project Gutenberg," you should take a moment to explore it. The URL is:
http://www.gutenberg.org/
Their opening page announces that "Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats."

Project Gutenberg is a step in the right direction. Librarians and information specialists are dedicated to making information almost free to anyone with a library card. Not everyone can afford to buy the latest best seller or a book on how to cook, but a library card is like a magic wand that provides access to a true world of wonder and unlimited horizons. If you're visiting a library in an out-of-town part of the country/world, you are usually welcome to come in to the library, select a book from the shelves (or in the case of the Library of Congress, fill out a request to have the book brought to you), and sit down at a table and read it, take notes, and photocopy some of the pages.

A lot of other books are available on the web in pdf format if you know how to search for them. If you or someone you know is interested in learning how to draw or paint, I recommend they go to this URL:
http://alexhays.com/loomis/
where you will find the art instruction books by Andrew Loomis that I am sure contributed to the success of many artists since the books' publication. My only formal art instruction was in junior high school, but the Loomis books were what really contributed to my education as an artist, and apparently what I learned was very practical, since it was largely due to the Loomis books that I became good enough as an artist to illustrate two of John Bannon's books, two books of Ed Marlo's magic from _The New TOPS, and the two volumes of _The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley_.

I think most public libraries now have computers with Internet access for their patrons. You'll likely have to have a library card (usually free if you're a resident of the city the library is based in) and pay to print out anything you view on the computers or photocopy from the physical book. But you're welcome to take notes and possibly even download pdf files to a flash drive.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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One more thing about the effort to make books available to everyone. Take a look at the International Children's Digital Library at:
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

There are children's books in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Vietnamese, Yiddish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Hindi... and many other languages. There are also a few bilingual books, such as English/Spanish; English/Tagalog...

Libraries are, I think, one of the all-time greatest developments in the history of civilization. Many of them have storytime sessions for kids, and some will even hire magicians (e.g. Ken Scott) as entertainers to promote the library's summer reading programs and other events.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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I mentioned the International Children's Library in a previous post. The book _Hocus Pocus--Be a Magician_ by Dušan Radović (author) and Dobrosav Bob Živković (illustrator) is available at the International Children's Library--written in Serbian!

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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On 2011-08-11 22:50, Anatole wrote:
Libraries are, I think, one of the all-time greatest developments in the history of civilization.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez


I agree! In my opinion, books and libraries are two of the best things ever developed. After all, without the book, there would be no need for those wonderful libraries in which to offer them!
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On 2011-08-01 13:35, Michael Baker wrote:
I say make everyone learn with wood balls and when they don't completely suck at it, then let them buy Fakini's... AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! Earn your privileges!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!

Michael, you'd be proud of me. Not because of the Fakini's I picked up at Denny's last week. But because I also picked up a set of 50mm wood balls at the same time. And all because of your suggestion here. With each new move I learn I practice with each set, alternation between the two. First with the Fakini's, then with the wood. The advantage I'm see in learning this way is that the wood is less forgiving and has forced me to improve my technique as I practice. Thanks for making that suggestion.

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On 2011-08-17 22:19, Intrepid wrote:
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On 2011-08-01 13:35, Michael Baker wrote:
I say make everyone learn with wood balls and when they don't completely suck at it, then let them buy Fakini's... AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! Earn your privileges!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!

Michael, you'd be proud of me. Not because of the Fakini's I picked up at Denny's last week. But because I also picked up a set of 50mm wood balls at the same time. And all because of your suggestion here. With each new move I learn I practice with each set, alternation between the two. First with the Fakini's, then with the wood. The advantage I'm see in learning this way is that the wood is less forgiving and has forced me to improve my technique as I practice. Thanks for making that suggestion.

Bob


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I like Michaels idea.

You can often pick up inexpensive sets of both wooden balls and Fakinis on ebay and that way your not paying top dollar for both sets.
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