What to Read & Watch After “Girls”

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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 […]

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Build Your Summer Playlist with Freegal

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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 […]

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Streaming Music to Craft By

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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 […]

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hoopla Film School: Woman Power!

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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 […]

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Fitness Videos When You Want Them!

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Last summer, I surprised even myself when I took up jogging. As a dyed-in-the-wool indoor kid, the very thought of running for any purpose other than to catch a bus had been preposterous to me. But I soon found that with the right music (I'm lookin' at you, Le Tigre!) and the right setting (no […]

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Refugee Stories for Teens

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

Whenever I read news stories about the struggle of refugees around the world, I can't help but wonder what that experience must be like. The thought of uprooting a life you've worked so hard to build, embarking on a grueling and dangerous journey, and starting all over in an unfamiliar country is absolutely astonishing to me. […]

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hoopla Film School: Fashion Films!

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Greetings, and welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! The world of fashion has always been inspired by the world of film. From the arrival of the classic Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's to the advent of androgynous women's clothing following the release of Annie Hall, countless style moments have been launched by the wardrobes of characters in […]

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A New Year of Learning at Your Library

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Whenever I talk to people about my job, there are always a few outdated stereotypes that I must repeatedly dispel. By far, the most pervasive misconception is that libraries are joyless, solemn spaces built solely for joyless, solemn study. Don't get me wrong, you can be as joyless, solemn, or studious as you want in any of our libraries! […]

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2016: Year of the Yellow Books

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While browsing for books online or in your local bookstore this year, you may have noticed an abundance of yellow book covers practically radiating in your direction. It's not just you! According to the Wall Street Journal, yellow is THE book jacket color of the moment, prized for its ability to "pop" both in person and on […]

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Remembering George Michael

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Finer minds than mine have already done a beautiful job of eulogizing the late George Michael, but I'll give it a shot: I adored this man. It's easy to dismiss the 1980s pop music landscape as little more than froth and frivolity, synthesizers and silly hair. But we too easily forget how bold, daring, sexy, and subversive that decade truly was. Along with Prince, Madonna, […]

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