Reading the Dragon, part 1: Yes you can!

The largest, wildest, and possibly most fun science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in the United States, Dragon Con, wrapped their 30th anniversary event earlier this month in Atlanta, GA. And with it we got the first ever Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows and games they loved the […]

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Read a Banned Book!


Hey! Did you know that the last week of September is Banned Books Week? It's sort of like the library world's own little holiday where we celebrate the freedom to read by reading, talking about, and highlighting the most controversial books published in the United States every year. This year's focus is on the number […]

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Four Atmospheric Autumn Reads


I love autumn. I love cardigan weather and listening to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack and curling up on a brisk day with a book in hand. But not just any book will do. I want something that screams "fall". Something that evokes the colors of the season, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and […]

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In Memory: Children’s Author Anna Dewdney


Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of the beloved children's series,  Llama, Llama , passed away on September 3, in her Vermont home at the age of 50, from brain cancer. She had illustrated books for other authors in the 1990s, but it was the publication in 2005 of Llama Llama Red Pajama, the first book in the picture book series, that launched her […]

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Moving Out, Moving On…KCLS Can Help!

So your teen has just left for college and you're an empty nester in a 3,000 square-foot home, coming to grips with being alone in that house. (Worry not...KCLS can help!) From Mom to Me Again, written by Melissa Schultz of the Huffington Post, offers support and suggestions from experts and mothers who have experienced the emotions so well-known, that "empty […]

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Splendid Fall Tromping


I wait impatiently all year for October - the best hiking month, in my opinion. If you are new to the area, or new to hiking, spin the compass and pick a direction; there are fabulous jaunts in just about every direction. From city walks and botanical gardens to regional trails to way-out-there wilderness, it's all good. […]

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Could you be an outsider artist?

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The name that many people know is the artist Howard Finster, a Baptist minister from Georgia. He is a prime example of an "outsider artist" (meaning self-taught in art) whose art is now worth the big bucks. Envisioning Howard Finster Other terms are naïve art, primitive art, or folk art. Did you know Grandma Moses is considered part […]

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I’m Bored…

"I'm bored" was a dangerous thing to say when I was growing up. If my mom heard this from any of her kids she could get "creative." My mother's creativity often involved cleaning something unpleasant with a toothbrush. Most of the time she would just tell us to find something to do and stop grumbling. […]

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One-night stands: afraid of the dark


It's that time of year again, when the seasons change and things start to get spooky. I love this time of year, and I usually like to read some horror to get me in the mood for Halloween. However, I'm also kind of a wimp, so when I'm reading horror, I often like to get […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Get a KCLS Library Card 

September is Library Sign-up Month! Joe Cool being cool with library card

The library is a bridge to the world!!   When my coworker Paul was a boy, he was fascinated by going to the airport to look at the flight information boards of all the international departures and arrivals. So many planes came from and went all over the world, making him imagine those unknown countries. Libraries are even better than […]

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