Rabbit, Ronin

About once a year, I discover a massive, decades old manga or comic series that for whatever reason I have never picked up before and just fall in love. Recent series in this vein include Akira Toriyama’s frenetic fighter Dragon Ball, the absolutely wacky, juvenile, and moving magical pirate adventure One Piece, the campy sci…
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NEW: Paint the Town Read

Looking for a book club that goes beyond the page and out into the community? Paint the Town Read is a new club that will curate our monthly book selection to incorporate and expand conversations from local related events. All are welcome!  Third Mondays | 7-8:30PM | Meeting Room A Questions? Ask Kaitlin: kstanley@lplks.org Tentative 2020 PtTR…
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The Boss at 70

Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday—September 23—seemed as good a reason as any to pester my coworkers with an all staff three question survey about the Boss. Here’s an unofficial look at the library’s Springsteen stances. Q1:When was the Boss at his dreamiest? As you can see above, about half of the library’s staff didn’t answer, but…
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I Guess I’m a Sir Now?

2018 was kind of a stinker. Personally, nationally, globally. Woof. It was also the year I turned 30. All of a sudden, Hyvee cashiers are calling me sir.   Double woof. And even though a majority of my brain KNOWS that 30 isn't old, part of me feels ancient. And it's only going to get…
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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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