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  • Old-fashioned Christmas
    Posted on: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to recapture some of the magic of Christmas that we experienced as children?  Back then, I kept a very close eye on the December calendar page, frequently counting the number of days until Christmas.  It certainly wasn’t because I expected loads of gifts, but the whole experience seemed magical to me. Probably each one of you has a memorable story or two about Christmas when you were a child.  To help you feel more like a kid at Christmas, why not warm up a bowl of soup and enjoy some more real Christmas stories and some Christmas fiction. Your Metropolitan Library friends wish you some very merry Christmas reads this holiday season.

  • info Magazine Intro photo
    Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2015

    Take a break from the hustle bustle of merry making with your library. Whether you escape with a great read, a compelling documentary, by spending the afternoon learning a new craft or by throwing an impromptu dance party with music from our shelves, you can find a place to rest with us.

    One of the gifts your library has for you might be a holiday celebration or two. We bet you’ll find some hot chocolate, silver bells, DIY gift making, parties, photo booths and more this month. Check out our event calendar to see what’s going on in your community library and find ways to celebrate together.

    Give yourself the gift of relaxation with a book from our Read What You’re Watching picks. We used our expert reader’s advisory skills to reach into our big red bag and pull out the perfect literary companions to your favorite TV shows while the fall season is on hiatus. We don’t even care if you’re naughty or nice, we have something for you!

    May your season be merry and bright!

  • Dog in snow
    Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2015

    The holidays – a time filled with fairy dust and joy, family and friends, right? I think for most of us that’s not the case. There is so much pressure on relationships, unrealistic expectations of time compounded by what is “supposed” to be the happiest time of year setting us up for a depressing round of the holiday blues. Why bother with the gift giving, the festivities, the hope of joy? What if it’s all just a dismal failure once again?  That’s where the magic comes in!  Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, has now given us Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear. What if we chose to live this holiday season driven by curiosity rather than fear? Let’s purpose to live each moment of this holiday season open to the genius of creativity.

  • Punk Rock Turkey
    Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015

    It’s Thanksgiving, that time of year when we all think of pie, turkey, afternoon naps, and spending the weekend watching football with the family. For some it’s a joyous occasion, but for others it means that dreaded once-a-year meeting with the weird uncle that smells like sardines and gym socks and tells you you should have been a podiatrist. If you fall into the latter category you might find yourself alone, lost in a good book while trying to forget the family drama in the next room. So if you’re one of those types then we’ve got a great suggestion. Why not read about other weird families? Yours might not seem so bad after all. So if family time’s got you down and you find yourself dreading the holidays (or maybe your family just isn’t as cuckoo as you would like), we have got the dysfunctional family story for you!

  • Metro Libraries to Close for Thanksgiving
    Posted on: Friday, November 20, 2015

    All libraries in the Metropolitan Library System will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.

  • Signal Boost
    Posted on: Friday, November 06, 2015

    Welcome back to Signal Boost, where we solve all your problems. This month’s edition is concerned with feasting: what to bring to a feast, what to watch out for, and what to talk about besides the weather. Let’s get started!

  • Child reading in Autumn
    Posted on: Monday, November 02, 2015

    Thanksgiving is typically a mix of emotions with me. Obligatory family gatherings inevitably (and often awkwardly) lead to chit-chat and cacophonous, gluttonous, carnivorous free-for-alls. I’ve never been especially fond of these traditions. I do, however, have a special place in my heart for the idea of giving thanks. Over the years I’ve found that children are generally pretty grateful beings, too. Here are books that honor thanksgiving—rather than Thanksgiving—with a theme of gratefulness (and by extension, kindness).  Just pop in to your local Metro Library and we can set you up! We’d love to see you!

  • Metropolitan Libraries to Close in Observance of Memorial Day
    Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The Metropolitan Library System will be closed Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

    MLS libraries will reopen to normal operating hours Tuesday, May 26.

  • Posted on: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Put on your lucky green and follow the rainbow to your local library to choose from this magical pot of books!


  • Posted on: Thursday, February 19, 2015


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