Find the Pulitzer Prize Winners at the Library

Who won the Pulitzer Prizes? For Fiction the winner was The Underground Railroad. While you're waiting for that book, you might want to read The Good Lord Bird, which was the 2013 National Book Award Winner. James McBride’s novel takes a pivotal, troubled sequence in American history—John Brown’s abolitionist campaign—and retells it in a […]

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Find a New Favorite Irish Author for St. Patrick’s Day

Love a good book and drink pairing? We do, too, and thought you might want to read an Irish author for St. Patrick's Day as you sit drinking your green beer. (Why green beer? Is it because Ireland is so green- and rainy- like it is here?) Try these picks, perfect for armchair exploration of the Emerald […]

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Get Ready for World Circus Day!

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Coming up soon, on April 15, is World Circus Day! Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique, and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey recently announced plans to disband in May of this year after […]

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Let’s Toast to National Drink Wine Day!

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Yep, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! I personally would like a 'Drink Red  Wine Day' but the occasional Riesling is delicious, too. Never say I don't have an open mind! KCLS has a lot of books about wine, of course, but this one looks particularly interesting: I Taste Red talks about "synesthesia," which […]

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Bring Us a Figgy Pudding (But Without the Wheat)!

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There's no reason to skip celebrating the holidays because you have a gluten sensitivity. We have plenty of cookbooks at the library, even those that specialize in holiday cooking such as:   Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays Probably what you really miss are the cookies, so here's a whole book of them! Gluten-free Christmas Cookies And […]

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Librarians Do Blog

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What the heck is blogging all about and how do you do it? The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging will explain it all. So will Blogging for Dummies. Maybe you are interested in starting a free podcast? This guide from Podcast Fast tells you how do to it- for free! And if you like libraries, maybe you […]

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How can I help? After all, it’s the holidays

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Have you ever been asked for money or help of some kind and wondered does it ACTUALLY help? Some people from local social service agencies tell us what they think will help in Real Change newspaper, a Seattle-based paper that helps low-income and homeless folks. Who could have predicted that the first to come up is socks! Read it so […]

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Learn those powers of persuasion NOW

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  How did it happen? Many of us are shaking our heads in shock... Let's get more savvy. KCLS can help.     Pre-suasion focuses on preparing people for your message. Split-second Persuasion compares cutting edge psychology. How to Get People to Do Stuff will teach you the 7 drives that motivate everyone. Here are some proven strategies in […]

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Why Not Retire Abroad?

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  If you are getting to the age of contemplating retirement, you might have toyed with the idea of living abroad. Many Americans choose to retire in more affordable countries.       The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on A Budget will tell you about how to do it. How to Retire Overseas […]

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How to celebrate your dead!

Here is a cool program related to the fast approaching Dia de los Muertos on November 2. And another one for making a skull like the picture here! Making Magic Windows is a book for children but like Chinese paper-cuts, it can be very intricate work! Día de Muertos en México is in Spanish and English and talks […]

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