Beyond Bestsellers: Neil Gaiman

By Craig B. My first taste of Neil Gaiman was in the early 90’s when my cousin introduced me to The Sandman series. I was a borderline batcaver with a dark trench coat and an inelastic haze of Aqua Net. I tried to be a batcaver, at any rate: black clothes, hair dye, spooky music, […]

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Narrator Spotlight: More Read by the Author

by Marina M. I presented my first list of audio favorites read by the author over two years ago. I’m back to add to that list with a whole new crop of author-narrated audio favorites. In my own completely unscientific poll I’ve found that audiobooks read by the author tend to be memoirs. But there’s […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humor

By Kristi S. Here we are in the merry month of May, and we are ready to celebrate the sunny days ahead with our next Beyond Bestsellers theme: Humor. If you need a refresher on what Beyond Bestsellers is all about, here’s a quick recap. Each month, we are challenging our reading habits by trying […]

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From Podcast to Page

By Lois H. It’s safe to say that I’m a podcast fanatic. I listen while driving, cleaning, walking, and any other moment of the day that I can spare. I even listen to a podcast while I’m trying to fall asleep! This past weekend, I spent an inspiring two days listening to my favorite creators at […]

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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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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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Patron Picks: Gentle Reads

by Kristi S. One of my favorite things about working in a library is seeing all the new books coming in. Unfortunately, my eyes are too big for my reading speed and I often find myself returning piles of titles that have gone unread. So I’m always grateful when I can talk with patrons about […]

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Surviving Your Summer Road Trip

By Kristi S. Are you planning a road trip for this summer? If you are, I both admire your courage and question your sanity. A road trip sounds like my literal nightmare. The motion sickness, the confinement, dealing with other drivers, the fact that the majority of your vacation is effort rather than relaxation. I […]

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Solstice Musings

by Denise D.  A Year in Reading Settling into the short days and long nights of late December, one often reflects on the year nearing its end. For me, that meant looking at My Completed Shelf in Bibliocommons. What did I read in 2017? What did I love? Other Worlds Turns out, I spent a lot […]

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