Back to the Garden

My mother-in-law says that Easter is the best time to plant a spring garden. Whether or not this is true, I have no idea. I heard it secondhand and wasn’t particularly interested in having that kernel of wisdom take root in my head.  But somehow it did, and now I am a person with a…
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Sweet, Sweet Fantasy

Recently in a meeting, we were looking at the circulation statistics (don't be jealous) and a colleague noted how well the fantasy genre was doing. This is perennially true, fantasy always does well, but these stats showed fantasy doing markedly better than the other genres. Maybe it was just a fluke of publishing schedules, but…
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Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

Of all the genres we collect at the library, it often feels like the Western is most in danger of fading away.  In terms of cultural relevance, I’d venture to guess the genre peaked sometime mid-century, back when John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were simultaneously in the saddle (different saddles), and Gunsmoke was still wafting…
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Library Clearance Rack

When ordering books for the library, we do our best to stay ahead of media buzz so patrons can start queuing up for hot titles.  Reasonably enough, folks get - we’ll say... anxious - if they aren’t able to place a hold on an exciting title when they first hear of it.  This means we try…
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What’s Cooking, 2019?

You look absolutely stunning, obviously. Still, this time of year, many folks are inclined to reevaluate their eating habits. Maybe you want to drop a few pounds or would like to feel healthier. Maybe your friends have all gone paleo, and you don't want to be voted out of the tribe. Maybe eating broccoli just…
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It’s Always Almost the Holidays

Lots of people grumble about how the holidays seem to encroach ever earlier into the preceding season. We hardly have time to stow our patriotic bunting before that one aisle in the grocery store starts insisting it’s time for bats and jack o'lanterns—which are then quickly muscled off the shelf by Christmas baubles.    Unfortunately…
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