Tolkien Mania

The way I remember it, if my seventh grade English teacher caught you chewing gum in class, she’d walk over to your desk and leisurely but purposefully cup an upturned palm below your still masticating chin. You had to spit out your gum in her hand. Gross…
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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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MARVELous Women

I grew up watching superheroes in their 90s cartoon incarnations, so I’ve been familiar with a handful of female supers for as long as I can remember. That said, the overwhelming majority of superheroes in my orbit were men. Fortunately, the costumed do-gooder lineup has gotten much more diverse with every passing decade. I mean…
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Doc Discussions

Third Wednesdays. 7–9 PM.  Doc Discussions is as easy as “book” clubs get. Step one: Come to the library's auditorium to watch one of the best documentaries around. Step two: Stick around to talk about it afterwards. Prefer to watch the documentary on your own time? Thanks to Kanopy you can. Kanopy is a wonderful…
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Lone Wolf and Burger

I’m a big Bob’s Burgers fan. It’s a top ten show for me. I own all the seasons (and the delightful soundtrack to boot). We quote it (and often sing it) almost daily at my household. Heck, this isn’t even the first time I’m writing about it.  An all time great episode is the fifth…
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World Music Mixtape

Since last November’s Luaka Bop spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our World Music collection. Here are their responses…
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