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Fall Kickoff - From the Cheap Seats

50 yard line photo

It’s almost that time of year again, when the optimism of a new season has yet to give way to the soul crushing letdown of your alma mater’s first defeat, and your fantasy team hasn’t yet succumbed to a plague of injuries to your starters, only to see the quarterback you just traded away have a career day. That’s right. Football season is once again upon us.

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Get Smart - Senior Moments

Senior couple taking selfie

I remember when telephone service first reached our farm in southeastern Oklahoma.  We had a party line, and each family had to wait to hear their assigned number of rings before picking up the call. Since I grew up wearing feed-sack dresses, it was a very difficult decision for me to let go of the money to buy my first smart phone. Little did I know how much my life would change because of that one little device.

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Throwback Thursday - 1971

On January 1, cigarettes were no longer allowed to be advertised on TV. The world population increased by 2.1%, the highest one-year jump in history.  The Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V.  A new stock market index called the Nasdaq Composite debuts.  And here at Metro, one of the first and most efficient automated acquisitions system in the nation among public libraries began to operate.

 

Books of 1971

 

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Arrr, Matey!

Children reading

Getting kids reading before kindergarten is foundational for a lifetime of literacy. Does this mean kids should be reading independently before Kindergarten? Absolutely not! In this librarian’s opinion, reading together with young children is way more important. Read to your children. Have them read to you. If you’re able, carve out a special time each day when you share stories with each other. If you don’t know what to read, your friendly neighborhood librarian is here to help!

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The End of Summer - Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist

The End of Summer - Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist

Summer is almost over and all of my favorite things will turn into new favorite things—long hot days and nights that give way to cool autumn mornings and warm afternoons (you know, the kind where you can’t quite figure out how to dress your kids and thank goodness someone invented the hoodie). This summer I became engrossed in two soul-searching memoirs that I read with intent and meaning and did not want them to reach an end.  

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Throwback Thursday - 1997

The year 1997 came and went like a candle in the wind as the world mourned the loss of Mother Theresa and Princess Diana and we moved on from "MMMBop" to Hale-Bopp. Take a step back and remember the year in which this year's high school seniors were born. 

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Summer Evenings Under the Stars

Have you ever looked up at the evening sky and wondered at the beauty of the stars and planets?  Have you wanted to become familiar with the names of the stars and the movement of the heavenly bodies?

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Go Set a Watchman - Dive Right In

Go Set a Watchman bookcover

The literary world has been delirious with excitement since the announcement in February that a second novel by Harper Lee had been “found” and was to be published.  To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s first (and until now only) novel published in 1960, winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, and certainly one of the most beloved novels in American history.  Having recently read Go Set a Watchman which, at this writing, is #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and, judging by our holds, it’s a very popular book (but don’t worry we have plenty of copies!) I will attempt to answer a few questions you may have.

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Throwback Thursday - 1985

Welcome back to the totally righteous year 1985! Arguably, the most iconic year of film, literature, music, and discovery! Don’t believe me? Take a chill pill and see how right I am!

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The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced last week on July 29. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges who considered 156 books for the prize. 2015 is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. It's recognized as the leading prize for high quality literary fiction written in English.

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