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The National Book Award Longlist

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Now that Great Britain’s Man Booker Prize committee has narrowed the list to six eligible works of fiction (the shortlist), we Yanks have gotten into the act with the recent announcement of the 2015 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction. It is quite an honor to make the list; publishers submitted a total of 419 books written by U.S. citizens and published in the U.S. for consideration. Follow me, Dive Right In, on the Dog-Eared Blog, and I’ll keep you up to date on the exciting results. 

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Solar System Tour

view of saturn from one of its moons

Another book, another planet! Let Choctaw Library manager Todd Podzemny guide you on a literary  tour of our local neighborhood: the solar system as he shares his favorite works of science fiction that have taken place on each planet (or, well, celestial object).

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Throwback Thursday - 1992

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  • Join the library's own Hurricane Andrew for a look back at 1992 - the year we were guaranteed to elect a left-handed president. Wouldn't be prudent to do anything else with your Thursday!
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Lessons from Mom

fall flower arrangement

With the fall season upon us we can look forward to the display of brilliant colors the trees offer us and that bit of crispness in the air that awakens our senses. It’s also the perfect time to thank Mother Nature for her generous spirit. So let’s be thinking about those fall gardening activities that we can be doing that will reward us with dividends later on. Now’s the time for fall planting, preparing our garden beds for winter, and best of all, making delicious pantry goods to enjoy for the cold season ahead.

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Band Books Week

guitar and amplifier

Have you ever wondered about the life of a rock star, living in lavish mansions, dating super models, driving a Ferrari 150 miles per hour down through Beverly Hills? Ever wonder what it would have been like to hit the road in a broken down van with a bunch of your stinky buddies to play punk rock in small towns across America? Well wonder no more, you can read all about it in one of our band books.

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Sweater Weather - Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist

green sweater

September reminds me that my days are about to get shorter and my mini-skirts will have to either be retired till next year or layered over tights and socks. I’ve always been one to maintain that layers are not really something I like in my life. But I’ve sort of come to realize that maybe I’ve been looking at it all wrong. That perhaps instead of my life being some stale, dramatic, biography, I found just who I am in the pages of couple of two really great graphic novels.

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Throwback Thursday - 1982

the words throwback thrusday in white on a purple field

We weren't using the new Commodore 64 computers, but MLS did begin offering our first database services, Datatimes, which searched local newspapers, and NEWSearch, which searched newspapers around the globe, in 1982. 

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More than a Home for Books

an open book with pages folded in the shape of a heart

Before I started working at the library, I thought of the library solely as a home for books. Stacks of old books stored away on dusty shelves. I craved the crisp pages of new releases, fresh from the New York Times Best Sellers list. I wanted to keep the books forever in my own personal library. As my bookshelves became weighed down with once-read copies of books I only half liked, I switched to reading e-books. Again I overlooked the library, in favor of the ease of buying books with one-click, delivered straight to my Kindle.

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Your Top 10 Summer Reads

We've compiled a list of the top 10 checked out books of the summer. If you read (and liked) one or more of these books, we've suggested another book that we think you might like.

 

 

 

 

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George Gershwin: An American Composer

George Gershwin standing facing left

On September 26, we celebrate the 117th birthday of one of the greatest figures in American music, George Gershwin. He was a virtuosic pianist and prolific composer, and his works became commercial and critical successes because of his incorporation of Jazz sounds into major classical forms. His most famous music includes Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess.

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