Book club and eBook lovers rejoice! The Big Library Read returns October 12-26! If you're new to the Big Library Read, here's what you need to know: the Big Library Read is a global eBook club sponsored by OverDrive. Every few months, OverDrive has readers around the world vote on which eBook they'd like to read […]Read More from Join Us for the next Big Library Read!
For me, every season has its own genre of music. In the fall, my ears yearn for moody New Wave troubadours like The Psychedelic Furs. Winter finds me filling my kitchen with the smells of hearty stews and the sounds of classic folk rock like Simon & Garfunkel or Leonard Cohen. Springtime is even better […]Read More from Stream Old School Soul & Funk on Freegal!
With the end of summer nipping at our heels, it's time to squeeze in one last jump in the lake, one last al fresco meal, one last outdoor movie, and, of course, one last weekend camping trip! As a devout indoor kid who has only recently succumbed to the joys of sleeping under the stars, I'm […]Read More from Lightweight Books for Happy Camping
Maybe you're a voracious podcast fiend who wants to become immersed in the topics discussed on your favorite shows. Or maybe you're a wide-eyed newbie who's just a bit intimidated by the vast, ever-expanding universe of podcast choices. In any case, this list is for you! Use it to find a book that explores similar themes as […]Read More from 4 Great Podcast & Book Pairings
Is there anything more sublime than a summertime picnic? Food just tastes better when you're lounging in the sun on a big old blanket, watching happy dogs hurtle through the park, and politely swatting away the bumblebees hovering around your plate. However, I must confess, I don't have the most impressive picnic prowess. I usually show up […]Read More from It’s Picnic Season!
Greetings, avid scholars, and welcome to a long, long overdue session of hoopla Film School! LGBTQ representation in American cinema has an extremely fraught history. The rigid, censorious Motion Picture Production Code enacted in the 1930s made it virtually impossible to show homosexuality on film unless it was portrayed in a negative light. Consequently, gay characters […]Read More from hoopla Film School: Celebrate Pride!
Last Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of its groundbreaking, infuriating, challenging, enraging, amazing series Girls. Whether you loved it or hated it, the deeply provocative show, with its brazenly narcissistic characters, unconventional storytelling, and candid sex scenes, was impossible to ignore. While I certainly understand the critics' grievances and have struggled with elements of the show myself, I […]Read More from What to Read & Watch After “Girls”
It might not feel like it, what with the dense, ominous clouds perpetually hovering over our corner of the country, but summer is just around the corner! I promise! In preparation for the longer, warmer, lazier days ahead, I've been spending stormy nights indoors by the glow of my laptop, crafting the summertime playlist of my […]Read More from Build Your Summer Playlist with Freegal
National Craft Month is coming to a close, and I finished my nine-foot-long scarf just in time! With seven different stitch patterns worked across horizontal, vertical, and diagonal sections, this project presented quite the challenge. I may have even cried on it a few times. But the one thing that helped me persevere through this harrowing wool journey […]Read More from Streaming Music to Craft By
Greetings, star pupils! Welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! It's no secret that women are underrepresented in the film industry. While we've certainly made strides toward greater inclusion over the years, we still have a long way to go: in 2015, only 9% of the top 250 domestic grossing films had women directors, and […]Read More from hoopla Film School: Woman Power!