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Throwback Thursday - 2015

Throwback Thursday

Our year-long celebration of the Metropolitan Library System's 50th birthday is finally coming to close. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating your library system as much as we have. We're already planning to make the next 50 years better than ever! In the meantime take a look back at some of the hottest titles of the previous year!

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Staff Picks for 2015

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We asked Metro Library staff for a list of their favorite books, movies, and music that they enjoyed this past year and here are some of their reviews. To see the full list of staff picks, visit our catalog (smartphone users: on our catalog page, you'll need to "Request desktop site" to see the full list). 

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This Year's Most Popular Titles

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Who doesn't love (or at least expect) a top 10 list at year's end? Here are the top 10 titles that you checked out this year and the top 10 magazines you checked out from Zinio.

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Downton Abbey: A Bridge from the Old World to the New

Downton Abbey

As the end of the year approaches so does the final season of Downton Abbey. The success of the show can be attributed to writer and creator Julian Fellowes, whose beautifully developed characters make us feel that their difficulties, triumphs, and everyday struggles are our own. Yet, at the core of the series lies a transition of customs, manners, and societal norms. In essence, Fellowes says the show depicts a bridge from the old world to the new for those living upstairs and downstairs during a time when the British Empire was at its peak. Take a look at some recommended reads to help you cope with the end of Downton and make plans to visit the Edmond Library for a proper Downton tea.

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Mysteries Not Murderous

Cozy Cabin

I think it’s safe to say that everybody likes a mystery, because everybody likes to find out what happens at the end of a story.  In the mystery genre, there is a difference of opinion about what makes a good story.  Some people look forward to a mystery that keeps them on the edge of their seat and out of dark alleys.  Other people enjoy a story in which the mystery simply supplies a motive for going around talking with other folks who might have a clue.  There might even be a little romance involved.  We call those cozy mysteries.

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Throwback Thursday - 1995

Throwback Thursday

In happier news, 1995 also brought us all the Wide World of the Web as America Online and Prodigy began offering easy Internet access to people without fancy technical skills. Other new timewasters that year included the release of the Sega Saturn and the Sony Playstation, the founding of eBay, and the announcement of a shiny new storage medium called the DVD.

What else were people doing in 1995? Well, Steve Forbes was running for President, O.J. Simpson went on trial, Bret Hart won the WWF title from Diesel (Kevin Nash), Queen Elizabeth II advised Prince Charles and Lady Diana to divorce, and meanwhile regular folks were reading books and going to movies and listening to CDs…

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The Queen's Speech

Queen Elizabeth II

On Christmas Day, December 25, millions of viewers around the world will tune in to see The Queen's Christmas Message. Each year Queen Elizabeth addresses her subjects in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, presenting highlights of the royal year and is one of the few times that the monarch speaks from her heart, directly to the people, without consulting with her advisors. In "Dear Old Blighty" families plan Christmas Day around the speech, generally gathering around the television to see the Queen at 3:00 PM (GMT) before enjoying Christmas dinner. Even if you're only mildly interested in the royal family, this year is one you may not want to miss as the Queen will certainly address her new status as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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Christmas Time is Here - Virtual Book Display

Books stacked in the shape of a tree

Christmas is literally right around the corner. Are you prepared? Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Well, we have got the materials for you. When people think of Christmas, they usually think of A Christmas Story or  the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Well, you won’t find that on this virtual display. We’ve rounded up the most unconventional Christmas tales and movies just for you!  

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XII Days of Star Wars, Day XII: Darth Vader

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As difficult as it is making book, music or movie recommendations to a Sith Lord, it's even more difficult being a Sith Lord. Your boss is always on your case about your son joining the business and wanting you to blow up planets and squash rebellions. But on those rare occasions when you get a chance to visit the library during a break from crushing someone’s will and turning them to the dark side (it really is difficult getting to a library when you’re traveling from a galaxy far, far away), you want a book, CD, or movie that speaks to your inner Jedi. Just remember, don’t call him Anakin, unless the Force is with you.

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That’s No Moon!

Death Star 1

That’s no moon!  Nope, it’s just another Buzzreads post, celebrating the release of the long awaited Star Wars Episode VII:  The Force Awakens.  Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a librarian who was curious about what other sci-fi books she could read to get her in the mood for the next episode in the saga.  Luckily, her local library was able to help her out...

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