A Life of (true) Crime

By Kristi S. I was raised on true crime. I recognize that this is a weird statement, but it is completely true. I’ve had insomnia all my life, so instead of struggling to sleep I would stay up with my mom watching investigations unfold. We loved Dominick Dunne, 48 Hours Mystery, and Psychic Detectives. To […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking

by Jackie P Whether you’re looking for a recipe, information, or a good story, food-centric books can be found all over the library. This month, for our Beyond Bestsellers reading challenge, we’re looking at books focused on food and cooking. We have no-wait access on the ebook version of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene by […]

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Music History (In a Roundabout Way)

by Brian H. Whether we realized it or not we’ve all been offered a course in music history through the documentaries created by Ken Burns. The films he creates tell stories from history through images and film footage with narration. They also feature a good deal of music that significantly helps with telling these stories.

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‘Cause these are thrillers!

By Kaley C. I’ve always had trouble with thrillers, a genre marked by feelings of suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to piece the plots together well before it’s over. This makes me a joy​ to watch movies with. Since it ’tis the season to consume creepy stuff, I’ve started to incorporate paranormal elements to the thriller I read. Are the characters possessed? Are they hunting the […]

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Freegal Artist Highlight

by Brian (snoislelib_brianh) A while back I featured music by the renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a Bibliofiles post about music you can find hidden in Sno-Isle Libraries Freegal music collection. I’d like to highlight another amazing artist tucked away in the Freegal collection, violinist Joshua Bell. It really pays to think about Freegal as a […]

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OverDrive Big Library Read

by Marina OverDrive‘s next Big Library Read (BLR) starts on Monday, June 12. For the next two weeks there will be no-wait checkouts of The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only […]

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Narrator Spotlight: Read by the Author

by Marina Combating the Commute I have a bit of a commute. Not a long one. But twenty-five minutes, give or take, each way. You know, depending on traffic. Or the weather. (Can’t call myself a Washingtonian without adding those conditions. You know how it is.) So, rather than besiege myself with the repetitive nature of […]

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Nostalgia

by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Miles Davis: A Beginner’s Guide

by David Miles Davis has a stellar body of work, and as he himself admitted, he’s changed the face of music 3 or 4 times. But such a career can be intimidating to the novice explorer, so here are my tips to get you started. First, listen to “Kind of Blue“. Go ahead, do it right […]

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Cabin Fever Busters

by Ruth G. The forecast is for a cold and wet winter. If you’re snowed in, or don’t have the nerves for driving on icy roads, I’ve got good news: the library has tons of great resources, all free, all available without leaving the house. Plan your dream vacation from home, from our Travel eBook collection, or […]

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