Love is in the (Holiday) Air

I am usually the type of person to turn my nose up at holiday-centered romances. If someone is falling in love at Christmas time, I’m not the first person to put myself on the holds list or bounce up and down on my couch waiting for the latest Hallmark channel release. However, I'm a HUGE…
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The Best Books of 2018

With another year in the books, LPL staff from all across the library share their favorite new titles of 2018.  -- Ian, Information Services:   Can I cheat and choose two? I’m going for it. These fantastic graphic novels are both set in space, but couldn’t be more different. Aliens: Dead Orbit is a thrilling, violent, meticulously…
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An Ode to George Bailey

Not loving Jimmy Stewart was not in the cards for me. Growing up, my mother had such an affection for him that he seemed like a distant part of the family. Fearless in her unrequited, faux-familial love, we spent a week in Beverly Hills in the late 1980s, in what can only be described as…
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The Year in Miniature

One of my favorite small wonders of Lawrence is the architectural model of the University of Kansas campus, currently located on the 3rd Floor of the Kansas Union. My kids love it as much as I do, so we worried when it disappeared earlier this year. Much to our relief, it reappeared a few months…
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030: The Lost Cowboy Episode

Note: This was recorded in August 2018, and then Kate... lost it? Something happened. We're back in action with episode 30: The Lost Cowboy Episode. Recently there has been a resurgence of the Western genre (good conquering evil is all the more necessary for WHATEVER REASON.) According to Lauren Havens, the Modern Western has shifted from…
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Twelve Songs of Christmas

I grew up listening to three annual Christmas albums. The Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait, The Jackson 5 Christmas Album, and a free CD my parents got from Taco Bell in ‘97, The Stars Come Out for Christmas. Throw some Mormon Tabernacle Choir into the six disc CD player, press shuffle, and you’ve recreated my childhood Christmas…
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