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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Stars Hollow

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Sookie

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Sookie St. James: best friend, wife, mother, and the best cook in Star’s Hollow.( Hang on, is Jackson listening? No? Yeah, definitely best cook in Star’s Hollow.) So what does Sookie read, watch, and listen to when she’s not wrangling cakes, kids, and a deranged best friend?

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Paris

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One thing we know about Paris Geller: she is destined for greatness.  At the end of Gilmore Girls season seven she decided to go to medical school after being accepted into every medical school AND law school in the Ivy League.  Who knows what path she will ultimately take? 

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NaNoWriMo - The Halfway Point

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Sarah and Bobby are halfway through NaNoWriMo but they're learning just how big a challenge it can be. Check in on their progress and pick up some support for your quest along the way.

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Writers Gonna Write

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Among the many potentially unhealthy things Librarian Kassy will be consuming this holiday season are other writers' writings. Check out her list in this month's post.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Lane

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The Tumultuous Life of Lane Kim: tales of an overbearing mother, an unseen father, and the boys in the band. Since her days as a Stars Hollow marching band geek, Lane always wanted more out of life than to just be set up with a boy from her mother's church. While Lane's mom had her radio tuned in to religious stations, Lane was always marching (and rocking) to the beat of her own drum. Now, all grown up and the mother of twins, I'm sure Lane still likes to rock out every now and then. When she's not chasing the twins around the house or dreaming of the days with her old band, Lane Kim will need some good books and music and I have a few suggestions for her.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: The Boyfriends (Dean, Jess, Logan)

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The First Boyfriend, The Well-Read Bad Boy, and the Misunderstood Trust Fund Kid—Dean, Jess, and Logan each had their pros and cons. Who (if any of them) will Rory end up with? I’ll just be sitting here wearing my ‘Team Jess’ pin until we find out. In the meantime, here are some helpful materials suggestions for the Gilmore guys.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Kirk

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Who doesn’t love the dry, often unintentional, wit of Stars Hollow’s jack-of-all-trades, the basement-dwelling Kirk Gleason? Well, maybe Luke. But even he must admit that while exasperating, Kirk means well. Here are a few items to help Kirk lead a more normal life.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Michel

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Michel Gerard is everyone’s favorite Frenchman at the Dragonfly Inn.  His sarcasm and general grumpiness are endearing qualities that we have come to love over the years.  Stars Hollow would not be the same without him.

 

 

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Miss Patty & Babette

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More than just gossips, Miss Patty and Babette keep a close watch on Stars Hollow and perform invaluable services to its residents. Babette alerted Lorelai to the installation of an unwanted DSL line at her home and Miss Patty found Dean a job. And that’s just in the pilot alone! If they ever take a break from their lives of constant vigilance, here are some materials Miss Patty and Babette might find useful.

 

 

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Buzzreads Presents: A Look into Netflix’s The Crown

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Binging The Crown? Librarian Anna has a reading guide to get the most out of Netflix's latest hit.

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Gilmore Girls Countdown: Mrs. Kim

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We're counting down the days to the release of Gilmore Girls:  A Year in the Life. Grab a coffee IV, Paul Anka, a healthy dose of sarcasm and join us daily for reading picks for your favorite Gilmore Girls characters leading up to the release. 

 

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NaNoWriMo - The Continuance

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Sarah and Bobby are two weeks into their NaNoWriMo trek. It's still an uphill climb but spirits are high. Check in and see how they're doing.

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Eat Local!

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Eat local! Our blog team shares fave local dining spots paired with cookbooks from our collection when you really want to eat local.

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Nooks & Grannies

Tired of lugging those extra heavy large print books around? Librarian Phyllis has the perfect solution for seniors - eBooks!

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NaNoWriMo

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Sarah and Bobby are well on their way to 10,000. Check in on their progress and find support and inspiration for your own NaNoWriMo odyssey!

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Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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If you're one who struggles at Thanksgiving, Cat Tech Margo has your library Thanksgiving Survival Kit.

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Election Day Will Soon Be Here

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Even though they can’t vote it’s important to talk to kids about the importance of voting. Library Aide Andrea has a great list to get you started. 

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