RiffTrax on hoopla

Are you a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000? If so, you may have heard of RiffTrax, which is written and performed by the MST3K folks but covers more genres than just science fiction. You can download the commentary tracks from their website to play along with their films, or (as I just discovered) hoopla has several…
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Teen spotlight: Lil Smitty

While some people grew up singing in the shower, Marques (AKA Lil Smitty) grew up rapping in the shower. Now a high school graduate, Lil Smitty has two mixtapes under his belt and shows no signs of slowing down. When I interviewed him in June, Smitty had just dropped his newest mixtape, "PTW (Paved the Way).…
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Viva VHS!

With countless streaming services at our disposal (hi there, hoopla!) and legions of Redboxes in every neighborhood, it's hard to believe that we once had to leave our homes and interact with a living, breathing, possibly sweating movie nerd to get our hands on the film of our choice (by the way, the legendary Scarecrow Video in Seattle's University District is still…
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Dear Shelf Browser, Read This Book

My desk is a mishmash of cat paraphernalia, crafts made at library programs and notes I've found stuck in teen books. Some of the notes are skillful doodles, some statements of fact (apparently, "5th period = BORING!"). Others are book recommendations and words of encouragement ("stay strong, you can conquer your eating disorder"). Sticking everything up on my wall of awesome…
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