Atlas of a Lost World

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. House of Rain, published a decade ago, is one of my favorite books by one…
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The Great American Read

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. —George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this fact, though it hurts me to do so: in a recent Pew study, 24% of US adults said they had not read a book in the last year. (Okay, let’s…
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An Interview With Heidi Lynne Gluck – Sound+Vision Sessions

Sound+Vision Sessions is 7-9 p.m. Friday June 22, 2018 and features the incredibly talented and esteemed singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck.  Heidi's music blends elements of folk, rock, and indie influences, while often remaining united by a hauntingly beautiful, melancholic mood. The concert marks a second installment of new, after-hours live music series…
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We Are Family

WE ARE FAMILY!! Celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community by joining us for a fab-u-lous Teen Zone Pride Celebration on June 12, from 2-4 PM in the auditorium!  Enjoy a large scale art project with Spencer Museum of Art and make up tips from Moltyn Decadence. We'll also have crafts to make your own pride buttons and perler bead…
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Steve Sheinkin: Boss of History

“It’s based on a true story!” is often a dealmaker when telling kids about a book. Part of the magic of my favorite children’s book author, Steve Sheinkin, is that all of his books are true stories that read like amazing adventure novels. An ex-history-textbook writer, Sheinkin now has the freedom to focus on the…
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Music nostalgia deep dive

This summer, LPL invites you to forget your cares and take some time to get unplugged. Not unplugged in the literal sense; we're talking about trying to achieve that place of deliberateness, like planning out your musical soundtrack for the day before you head down to the bus stop. Cultivating long swaths of distraction-free time…
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Books & Birthdays

Most years, I don't make much fuss about my birthday.  Not infrequently, I'll forget it's coming and only remember when thoughtful friends and family start asking me about presents. But not this year!  This year, I decided to treat myself to a birthday extravaganza.  And when I realized I'd have a blog post due around…
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