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Throwback Thursday: Mingus, Mingus, Mingus!

Thu., Apr. 27
Charles Mingus is one of a handful of the most important jazz composers of the 20th century. He was a giant of jazz, an innovator whose music blends classical, bop, and free jazz to create something else again. In addition, in the volatile time that he lived, he was an unapologetic advocate of civil rights in the United States.
Cover for The Secret Project

New Locally Produced Title: The Secret Project

Thu., Apr. 27
LBPH is proud to a share a new locally produced title available for loan or download from BARD. The Secret Project was narrated in partnership with Rivers Casino volunteers and produced and edited by the LBPH Studio Team. The Secret Project Jonah Winter DBC 12066 At a former boy’s school in the remote desert of New Mexico, the world’s greatest scientists have gathered to work…
Scott Pilgrim book cover

Scott Pilgrim’s Not-So-Ordinary Life

Wed., Apr. 26
Scott Pilgrim is a normal guy—except he has to fight a league of evil exes in order to be with his true love. Oh and did I mention that his world is some kind of cross between video games and reality?

Eco Literature

Wed., Apr. 26
Now that the weather is changing and it’s pleasant to be out of doors again, I’m beginning to re-remember what a lovely part of the country we call home! Up until four years ago, I had only ever lived in one of those temperate, wet cities. You know, the ones with no seasons that are adamant about the fact that they DO have seasons (they…
Cover for Ursula K Le Guin's Late in the Day book.

Le Guin's Poetry Urges Us Towards Awareness

Tue., Apr. 25
Many know Ursula K. Le Guin through her hefty body of science fiction and fantasy work, perhaps The Lathe of Heaven or the well-loved Earthsea series. Others might be familiar with her books on writing, like the beautifully titled Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, published in 2015. Still others devote themselves to her poetry, and its gently lilting verse. For those unfamiliar with the latter part of her repertoire, Le Guin’s newest collection, Late in the Day, provides a lovely introduction.
13 La Paradis French Swirl Endsheets

Discover Historic Bookbinding: Book Bling

Mon., Apr. 24
Like any well-loved tool or object, books have been decorated and embellished from their infancy. You know that feeling you get when you pick up a book that is such a joy to be holding? The distinguished spine catches your eye as your hand wraps around the boards perfectly, and as you crack open the front cover you are hit by a symphony of color and marks. You haven’t even gotten to the information yet, and you’re already under the book’s spell. We know that feeling, too.
Poetry spelled out using magnetic letters

Pint-Sized Poetry

Sun., Apr. 23
April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with your young child!
Detail of the cover of This Book is Overdue! featuring a Librarian superhero

Library Books

Sat., Apr. 22
Libraries, and the study of libraries, are near and dear to me. In fact, I’ve spent the last two years going back to school for a Master of Library and Information Science degree. It’s been a busy and crazy time, but it’s also been very rewarding. One of the perks of the program is that I’ve gotten to read a lot of very cool books…