Gloomy Tunes For Gloomy Days

I know, I know...we're not even a week into fall and here I am, already raring to go with an autumn-themed blog post. But I can't help it! I live for fall. Even though the sun is sure to eke out a couple more 70 degree days this month, I'm already making preparations for my favorite season: leafing through cookbooks…
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Reading the Dragon, Part One: Yes You Can!

The largest, wildest, and possibly most fun science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in the United States, Dragon Con, decided to do something cool on their 30th anniversary. They created the Dragon Awards, in which fans of science-fictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows and games they loved the best. It's truly an award by…
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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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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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