Spring Migration and Hyperlocal Birding

By Alyssa S. For bird lovers, spring migration is a magical time. An unusual visitor or an unfamiliar song amidst the usual voices incites wonder, and we welcome the return of reliable favorites. With the current stay-at-home order, many people have more opportunity to observe the migration occurring through our own yards and neighborhoods. Yearly […]

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Simple Stitches

by Hannah K. If you’re like me, you may need something to keep yourself busy while we’re all staying home. I’ve rearranged my living room three times, baked and ate a few dozen cookies, and sorted my bookshelves by my personal feelings about the author. If I don’t find something to keep my idle hands […]

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Genealogy and the 2020 Census

By Isaac H. Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard the 2020 United States Census is upon us. “Sure, but why is this such a big deal? It’s just a headcount for the country!” – you might be saying.  The truth is, it’s a really big deal! The United States Census is one of the most important […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Lisa C. Ta-Nehisi Coates began his career as an attention-grabbing essayist and journalist who gained recognition for his insightful and razor-sharp explorations of race relations in America. His first book was the critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. The hugely successful, best-selling work, Between […]

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Spilling the Tea

by Marina M. A few weeks ago we had a post about adult beverages and their connection to the nerd world of pub trivia, knowledge, and libraries (both hosting trivia nights and the books for knowledge and recipes). I would like to offer up another beverage synonymous with libraries and reading. Tea! How often do […]

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Prose Bowl 2020: Round 1

  by SnoIsleLib_Suggests It’s March Madness Time!

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Confessions of a Houseplant Murderer

By Hannah K.  I’m a plant murderer. I’m so ashamed! It’s terrible, I know. I don’t want to kill my houseplants, but it keeps happening. I long for a home filled with greenery and life. I want a lush indoor jungle. I want to care for living things and watch them grow and thrive. Honestly, […]

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The Great Courses

by Craig B. I’m a hermit by nature. A shiftless layabout. A couch potato. While you, a socially adjusted human being, are having dinner with your friends, I’m eating Fancy Lads Snack Cakes in a post-nuclear wasteland. While you’re counting footsteps in the local park, I’m eating cookie dough off my Snuggie. But my life […]

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Thinking and Drinking

by Melleny T. Pairing knowledge and adult beverages is nothing new (pairing stupidity and adult beverages is also nothing new, but I digress). In case you didn’t know, pub trivia is a thing, and apparently a big enough thing to have controversy. In many communities, it’s even a library thing. If you’re a dedicated nerd and […]

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Adventure and Calamity at Sea

by Alyssa S While I don’t own a boat, and the longest water voyage I’ve ever taken was an overnight ferry from Ireland to France, I do love a perilous, eventful sea story, whether fact or fiction. I’m fascinated by the Shackleton expedition, by Polynesians and Vikings and their ability to navigate long distances without […]

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