And the Elpy Goes to . . .

With Golden Globes bestowed and the Oscars on the way, awards season is here. Children’s literature nerds have the morning of January 28th marked on their calendars to gather round their screens for the closest thing librarians have to the red carpet: the live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards.  I love awards and…
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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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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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Love is in the (Holiday) Air

I am usually the type of person to turn my nose up at holiday-centered romances. If someone is falling in love at Christmas time, I’m not the first person to put myself on the holds list or bounce up and down on my couch waiting for the latest Hallmark channel release. However, I'm a HUGE…
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The Best Books of 2018

With another year in the books, LPL staff from all across the library share their favorite new titles of 2018.  -- Ian, Information Services:   Can I cheat and choose two? I’m going for it. These fantastic graphic novels are both set in space, but couldn’t be more different. Aliens: Dead Orbit is a thrilling, violent, meticulously…
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An Ode to George Bailey

Not loving Jimmy Stewart was not in the cards for me. Growing up, my mother had such an affection for him that he seemed like a distant part of the family. Fearless in her unrequited, faux-familial love, we spent a week in Beverly Hills in the late 1980s, in what can only be described as…
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