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Joyeux Noël

The Christmas Truce

History blogger Chris looks at the fact and legend behind holiday traditions in this month's history post.

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The Best Fantasy Books of 2016

It’s the end of the year so “Best of” lists are running rampant on the internet. I’m normally the type of person to buck the trend, but I think this one is actually useful. I figured this would be a good opportunity to highlight some of the best Fantasy books that have come out within the last year that some people might have missed out on.

Here are a few of the best of the best:

 

 

 

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A Geek's Gotta Eat

Whether you put a bird on it or pair it with a nice Chianti, Kassy's cookbook selections will provide the perfect dish to make your holiday party sparkle.

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Take a Break with a Holiday Short Story

Holiday stress

Schedules get crazy this time of year. Between all the holiday parties, the shopping, the Christmas specials on TV… who has time to read? Well, have no fear loyal Buzzreads fans! I have your solution. Short stories! What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to read some festive short stories!

Check out my holiday picks below…

 

 

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Books to Read on a Snowy Day

Some Westerosi say winter is coming. It's probably  some new trick of the High Septon's but anyway, be prepared with our snowy day reading list from literary expert Tracy. Ready to cuddle up with a hot drink, your comfort food of choice, and a good book?

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Pearl Harbor at 75

USS Arizona Memorial

On this 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 7, 1941 - a date that still lives in infamy - we look back at true Oklahoma hero and some of the best works on this momentous entry of the US into WWII. 

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Murder is Cat-astrophic

You never forget your first pet but Librarian Phyllis' memory spurred a post on mysterious cats.

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NaNoWriMo - The End

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National Novel Writing Month has drawn to a close for 2016...take one last peek at Sarah and Bobby's progress to see how they did.

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The 12 Days of Books

Cats and dogs

A friend’s informal survey showed that most people think it’s acceptable to start Christmas music right after Thanksgiving. Who’s ready for an earworm??

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Shostakovich and the Music of War

Leningrad Symphony

There are few experiences as wonderful as reading a truly enthralling book and our music expert Breck found just such inspiration in a new work about Soviet composer Shostakovich who proved creativity and beauty can spring from even the harshest political conditions.

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Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest

Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest artwork

January 15, 2018, is the first day to submit entries to the Southern Oaks Library Fan Fiction and Fan Art contest. Fan Art may be any medium and contain original characters, but must contain copyrighted characters as the main theme. Similar rules apply to Fan Fiction. The last day to submit your work is Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 6:00pm. The announcement party will be held at the Southern Oaks Library on March 24th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm. The announcement party is open to all ages but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You must be present to win. Prizes will include $50 Gift Cards, gift certificates, DVDs, plushies and more!

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Art Nights in NYC, Circa 1980s

Graffiti

Circ Clerk Reagan discovers 1980s art in this month's post. They had her at "graffiti."

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Books You Fall in Love WIth

Snow fantasy

Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul. Librarian Sarah has a list of books that do just that.

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Cool it!

Child in snow

Cold nose. Warm heart. Early childhood librarian Josh loves winter and loves the joy it brings children even more. Take a look at his suggestions for sharing winter together.

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It's All Downhill from Here

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Sarah and Bobby are in the final stretch for NaNoWriMo 2016. Check in on their progress for support or to find a writing workshop.

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Thanks for That?

Landing of the Pilgrims

Did your Thanksgiving include squabbles over Pilgrim myths and legends? History blogger Chris gives you a leg up for next year with some great early colonial reads.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Stars Hollow

Idyllic downtown gazebo

Stars Hollow. The basis and the heart of the Gilmore Girls. The tiny town where Rory grew up; where everyone fell in love and out of love (hi, Jess); where mishaps happened (remember that time Taylor installed a camera to catch speeding cars and Kirk instead ran his car through Luke's Diner?) and so many television memories were made. Stars Hollow is the cozy, quirky town we all want to visit with a never-ending cup of coffee and a stack of Rory-approved books. While my favorite character on the show happens to be Michel (sarcasm after my own heart), I think many of us out there would choose Stars Hollow as our favorite character because, if there was ever a town with such well-loved and well-lived-in character, it’s Stars Hollow.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Rory

Rory's coffee mug

Rory Gilmore is one of THE beloved Gilmore Girls.  Everyone cares for Rory… I don’t mean care, care, like care.  I mean everyone likes her… not like like.  I just mean that if… if you think of her remotely as the sort of person that you could occasionally stand to talk to... oh, never mind!  Rory is the major reader of the show, so I probably had the easiest blog post to write!  She even mentions it in her valedictorian speech at Chilton, “I live in two worlds.  One is a world of books.”  Without further ado, a short reading list for THE Lorelai Leigh ‘Rory’ Gilmore.

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Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Dragon

Ready to dive back in to the world of Harry Potter with the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Keep the magic alive after the show by checking out these titles.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Lorelai

Lorelai's coffee mug

Lorelai Gilmore. Mom? Unequivocally. Daughter? Unfortunately. Girlfriend? Check. Wife? Barely. Fiancée? For. Freakin’. Ever.  Inn owner, town activist, friend? Yes, with snacks and faithfully.  Reader? <crickets>.

What would Lorelei recommend for a few moments of recreation?

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The Year in Sports

Basketball players

Like SportsCenter on a Saturday night, Librarian Sheldon brings you the best library stuff from all over the sports world in the latest Cheap Seats post.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Luke

Luke's coffee mug

Dressed in flannel and a ballcap, with a pot of coffee in hand, Luke runs the best diner in Stars Hollow.  He has always been there for Lorelai and Rory, whether it is keeping them fed (because those girls can eat) or fixing up stuff around Lorelai’s house and the Dragonfly Inn. And I know we are all dying to see what has happened in the romance of Luke and Lorelai since we last saw them.

 

 

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National Book Award Winner Announced

National Book Award

The 2016 National Book Award Winner has been announced and our literary maven, Librarian Tracy breaks down all the finalists (hint: apparently they're all pretty good!).

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Emily

Emily's coffee mug

The fearsome Emily Gilmore. A single sentence from her will sound like a compliment but, on reflection, cut you to the core. Her dry sense of humor and high standards are only the outer persona of a complicated character who is so many things-- intelligent, harsh, frustrated, protective, judgmental, and fierce. What would be on her reading list? Buy me a boa and drive me to Reno.

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