Category Archives: Staff Picks

In Pursuit of Happiness

by Kimberly P.  It was recently brought to my attention that I obsess over death and destruction. I enjoy horror and dark fantasy (including grimdark fantasy which, for the record, sometimes gets a little too gruesome for my tastes), and spent the previous October reading all things serial killer. To be fair, my coworker was […]

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When the Cone of Silence is Breached

by Marina M. I identify as an ambivert. For clarification, that’s somebody that resides in the middle ground of the extrovert and introvert trait spectrum. At work I’ll put on my extrovert hat. I’ll get out there and be a paragon of personality, a skilled and shrewd searcher, a readers’ advisory advocate. At least in […]

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Winter Romances

by Michelle C. As the nights get longer and colder, the prospect of staying at home with a loved one becomes more desirable. It’s cuffing season, the time of year when single people start looking for that special someone they can cuddle with by the fire on a long winter’s eve. Add in a movie […]

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Near Future Fiction

By Isaac H. The arrival of the new year always brings a call to reflection for me. Depending on how the year has been, this reflecting is usually on how swiftly another year has whisked by.  Alternative, it can also be a reflection on how the year seemed to drag on forever and never seemed […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

By Kaley C. Over the years, there have been many baking shows that captured the hearts of people. Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and Next Great Baker to name a few. But none are quite like The Great British Baking Show. I’ll admit, I’m one of the many who cannot resist tuning in to watch contestants […]

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Where My Ladies at?

By Kristi S. You know that old saying: behind every great man is a woman whose work he’s stolen? Well, that may not be the exact phrase but it has certainly happened often. For centuries (truly), women have gone unrecognized for their work. Colleagues snub their discoveries. Their intellectual ability is called into question. Their […]

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Biblical Fiction

by Kimberly P.  For those of you used to my posts, you’ll remember that I’m very into all things dark. Serial killers, horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy. Give me death and a mystery and I’m yours. I recently dipped my toe into some of the lighter books and movies that we have to offer here […]

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When an Instant Pot Moves In

by Denise D. What’s for dinner? Three simple words. So much angst. What is for dinner? In my fantasies, it’s something different, yummy, healthy, quick and sure to please my picky teens. More likely, dinner is familiar, boring, processed, of dubious nutritional benefit, and likely to launch dinner table scowls. Not to mention too much […]

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Irish Voices

by Lindsey A. As I reflect on the past year of reading (there were piles of picture books; I’ve grown very picky about rhyming schemes now that I’m presenting storytime for babies and toddlers), I realize that I’ve been listening to OverDrive audiobooks more than ever before. I love to zone out in bed with […]

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Ode to Parties I’ll Never Throw

By Kristi S. Every year around this time, I am seized with the spirit of the season and decide to throw a party. I put all kinds of cookbooks on hold, plan my menu, make a playlist, and Pinterest like crazy. Then, I remember that I hate parties and am not at all social. So, […]

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Appetite for Mystery

by Marie B. Here we are at the tail end of another year. I don’t know about you, but time seems to fly faster and faster as my own odometer ticks upward. Never mind, because this is one of my favorite times of year. I love the frosty mornings, the skeletal remains of the deciduous […]

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