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Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012

It’s time to head back to school and hit the books. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to celebrate in between Labor Day and Columbus Day.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below.

September 1 – Chicken Boy’s Birthday
September 1 – National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
September 1-30 – Library Card Sign-Up Month
September 1-December 31 – Million Minute Family Challenge

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

Balloons By MikeOur Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party takes place on Monday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.  

Come celebrate summer reading with Mike the Balloon Artist.  Every child who attends the party gets a special balloon. 

The celebration will also include games, prizes and refreshments!

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

Julie of the WolvesWhen it is really hot, cool down with a story set in a colder climate. 

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George is the book selected for the children's book club meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. 

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

The Cardturner by Louis SacharBad news: The summer is just about over.  Good news:  There are still plenty of great books to read and there’s still time to complete the Own the Night Summer Reading program.  And if you’re looking for a book with a lot of humor and just a little heart, The Cardturner by award-winning author is a sure bet.

Published on Monday, August 6, 2012

Other countries observe a special banking holiday on the first Monday in August so that their residents get a three-day weekend.  While we do not have a special bank holiday in the United States, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate during the month of August.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below.

August 1 – Rounds Resounding Day
August 5 – National Underwear Day
August 7 – Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

The Early Word Catches the Book

Published on Monday, August 6, 2012

Have you ever wondered how librarians keep track of news, trends and changes in the book world?

How we recommend books and other materials to a diverse community day after day?

Well, the truth is that we have a few secret weapons to help us in our mission.  Some of these are professional resources that are difficult to access without a subscription, but most are publicly available resources that are just waiting for you to discover them. 

In this series, I'll introduce you to some of the resources that help us make your day. 

'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Sense of an EndingTony Webster, a middle-aged man, thought an amicable divorce and retirement would give him peace until he is confronted with a past he thought he had left behind.

Life becomes complicated when Tony receives a mysterious legacy which forces him to re-examine his entire life.  Did he create a past which allowed him to live with himself?  Tony says that the difference between youth and age is "that when we are young we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others."

Published on Monday, July 16, 2012

Cinder by Marissa MeyerSummer is always a time of massive heat waves and power outages.  Most of us felt that forcefully with storm damage we experienced at the beginning of July.

But the difficulties we had are nothing compared to how bad a power outage would be for Cinder, the heroine of the book with the same name by Marissa Meyer. We have to deal with spoiled food, but she has to worry about not being able to move because her robotic parts might not work. 


Read on below.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Whatever the case may be, people are cycling more than ever.  It may be a while, if ever, before people totally replace their four-wheel monsters for two wheels (especially in a city like ours), but biking is spreading like wildfire.  Many non-biking commuters rush home to go for a quick run or to the gym.  While those who bike can rest comforted knowing that their commute is doubling to help meet daily fitness requirements.  In addition to the health benefits, biking seems to be the progressive, environmentally friendly mode of transportation for many.  In other words…it’s cool.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FireworksFireworks make us loud and proud, but Independence Day is just one of the many holidays we can celebrate in July. Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below See if they make as a big a BOOM in your life as the fireworks on the Fourth.

July 1-31 – Cell Phone Courtesy Month
July 1-31 – International Zine Month
July 3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day