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Teens at Battle of the Books

Books, Glory, Awesomeness… How A YA Trivia Contest Reignited This Librarian’s Reading Fire

Fri., Jan. 20
For those not in the know, Battle of the Books is like pub trivia without the booze, that instead focuses on a specific book list for each participating grade level, all while bringing TONS of teens from all over the city and county together in their love of reading (and the thrill of competition!). One of my favorite parts about this program is the collaboration that goes into suggesting book titles to make the final cut, which happens across the Library and even beyond Teen Services (teamwork makes the dream work!). And if you're anything like me, you get to experience a new genre/author/writing style than what you might normally pick out for yourself to read.
Pete Seeger playing a banjo and singing

For the Folk (pt.3)

Thu., Jan. 19
In this third installment of our short series of Folk-Blogs, I want to mention my love for the work the Smithsonian does, especially for the preservation of folk music through the Smithsonian Folkways record label. Smithsonian Folkways continues to expand their mission of preservation. They have recently acquired the whole Arhoolie Records catalog. Arhoolie was another folk powerhouse in the 20th century. In addition to…
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Throwback Thursday: Recent Adventures in Library Cookbooks (Vol. 1)

Thu., Jan. 19
Tired of making the same few recipes over and over again? In this post, I give a quick and dirty run-down of my recent adventures with cookbooks I checked out of the Library! From peanut butter pie to autumn crostini, I'm sure you will find something enticing to try.

My Year of Reading Memoir: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Wed., Jan. 18
I fell in love with memoir a few years ago, and authors are publishing new and exciting stories about their lives all the time. Each month I’ll highlight a different memoir, and I invite you to read along with me! This month I read Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime­. Despite my mild fandom, it became abundantly clear upon reading the inside jacket how little I knew about the remarkable circumstances of Noah’s early life.

On Mindfulness

Tue., Jan. 17
We live busy lives.  There are appointments to make, goals to achieve, and family and friends to engage with.  When we have a few moments there’s music to listen to, movies to watch, and plenty of browsing and chatting opportunities.  Away from our calendars, media, and the internet our minds remain busy with memories of the past and plans for what’s next.  So my question…
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Donald Glover, the Triple Threat

Tue., Jan. 17
Recently, actor Donald Glover won two Golden Globes for his new TV show Atlanta, which is one of my favorite TV shows that debuted last fall. Glover is a man of many talents. In addition to acting, he's also a rapper and goes by the moniker, Childish Gambino. Back in December, Glover released his third album called Awaken, My Love. This album is vastly different from his previous albums, Camp and Because The Internet. Glover is known primarily as a rapper who sometimes sings but on this album he doesn't rap at all. It was a surprising change, but it works.

January is Braille Literacy Month!

Mon., Jan. 16
Literacy doesn’t look the same for everyone, but it’s absolutely essential that we promote all kids of literacy, including braille literacy.

Introducing Early Literacy Braille Kits!

Fri., Jan. 13
Did you know that only 10 percent of visually impaired children are learning to read braille? I think it’s fair to assume that the general sighted population would be outraged if this applied to them. So why has there been a decline in the number of individuals reading and writing braille? Braille is the building block of literacy for the visually impaired just as print…

Tournament of Sadness: Round 4

Fri., Jan. 13
This is the fourth in a series of posts I will be writing to determine the most depressing movie we have in the library’s film collection. I will be watching 16 devastating movies in the coming months — feel free to join in the “fun” and share your feedback!
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Throwback Thursday: In Praise of the Short Stack

Thu., Jan. 12
One of the many things I love about CLP - Main (oh, let me count the ways …) is how we feature new short story collections in their own special place. I adore short stories. Adore them. Alas, from talking with my bookish friends, I know that sentiment isn’t shared by every reader: they’re very much of a you-either-like-’em-or-you-don’t kind of genre. Here’s why I love them, along with some of my favorites.