DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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Armchair Travel: Inspiration and Memories

by Denise  Last month, I shared my thoughts on travel guides. But what if you don’t know where you want to go? Or can’t easily travel? The library can still help. We have materials that let you travel without leaving your couch. Drone-spiration Photos are a traditional media for armchair travel. Postcards, vacation slideshows, travel […]

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Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina Reading for the weather I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

by Marina It seems like a lot of centennials* are taking place this year. First Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday and now the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years on August 25th. The National Park Service (NPS) idea started with a bill in 1864, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to preserve the area now known as Yosemite […]

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The Dog Days of Summer

by Liz The dog days of summer are upon us! The phrase draws its meaning from ancient Greece when the rising of the Dog Star (Sirius) meant the coming of the hottest days of the year. While the common usage does not have most of us looking through a telescope, it still very much means the heat has […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Thomas Trimbath

by Thomas Trimbath I fell into writing by trying to lose weight. That’s not an obvious career path. I decided to lose weight by bicycling, and figured it would take so much bicycling that I’d be able to cross the continent. So I did. By the time I was done, I’d sent out 15,000 words […]

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Do you have a passion for fashion?

by Dawn I’d like to believe I’m immune to the lure of the ever changing and fickle fads of the clothing industry, but it simply isn’t true. There is too much art in it for me to ignore. I love the colors, the textures, the craftsmanship, and most of all the innovations. I find tremendously […]

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Happy President’s Day!

Our libraries are closed today, but our website is up!  If you’ve run out of reading material, don’t forget you can download books, audiobooks, videos, and more from our website. For the blog today,  I wanted to share some fun things related to the White House (and avoid getting into a political discussion). Most people […]

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Books based on blogs

I’m not a huge fan of reading blogs, but for some reason I love reading them once they have been made into books.  This is becoming more and more common, and is probably seen by a lot of aspiring authors as their ticket into publishing.  That said, not all blog based books are created equal. […]

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Question of the week: Is a picture worth a thousand words?

I really enjoy books I call “adult picturebooks” and maybe you think of them as coffee table books. Pictures, usually photographs, carry the story.  Here are a few of my favorites: Underwater dogs by Seth Casteel shows dogs of all sizes and personalities throwing themselves into the water. The trick is the pictures are taken […]

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