Maybe You Like The Smurfs

Let me just get this out of the way and say that crafting a blog right now is kinda hard. Who knows how different our world will be between this writing and when it's published. We witnessed a literal attack on our democracy just a few days ago. Hallowed halls were defaced and defiled, 5…
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Ode to (Unexpected) Joy

In defiance of a year that should be bundled into cat-pee and Clamato stained, rain-soaked carpet ripped from a rat-infested flophouse, driven in a 1977 Ford Econoline down a dark, potholed highway and dumped over a craggy ravine into a polluted quarry…I’m writing a hymn to the unexpected joys I found in 2020. Perhaps you’ll…
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Wonderbooks!

I've always loved audiobooks. Growing up, we always had them around the house (always from our local library). I especially loved the books that came with cassette tapes that would read the story aloud to you while you looked through a physical copy of the book. My personal favorite of these was my personal copy…
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LPL Best of 2020: Media

It's no secret that 2020 was a stinker of a year, but here are some of the silver linings that got LPL staff through it.  This time around, we didn’t limit our media choices to things published in 2020, instead we just asked for whatever people loved the most (but most of them ended up…
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LPL Best of 2020: Books

In a year when we needed the distraction more than ever, books were there for us. Here are the library staff's top reads of 2020. Brad, Director Begin Again The Broken Heart of America The Cold Millions Memorial Sarah, Accounts The best fiction book I read that was published in 2020 was Hamnet by Maggie…
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A Year of Mending Holes

2020 taught me many things, and most of them can be described as “icky.” I’ll spare you the details -- you lived through all of them, too. Some of the things I learned were good, though, and it was of course a stack of library books that facilitated the best thing I learned this year:…
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Librarian Reveals Truth About Classic Picture Book Authors and It’s Not What You Think

It’s been a long year of reading news on my phone, and among the many ways this has warped my personality is an increased tendency to fall for clickbait. You know the stories that draw you in with an irresistible headline, then string you along for thirty-seven more clicks, with several new ads on each…
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