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  • 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!

  • Sizzle in the Stacks
    Posted on: Friday, October 23, 2015

    I thought about books I've read that stand out to me as romantic. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre was the first book that came to mind. To me, "Reader, I married him." Is one of the most romantic lines in all of literature because of all the drama and intensity that came before it. Jane Eyre also contains a lot of the elements we still find in romances: a heroine with a strong sense of self who is in some kind of trouble, a wealthy hero with a tragic past and a lot of secrets, and a connection between the two main characters that seems magical, unusual, and inexplicable in its strength. Read on to find several more romances/romantic novels that owe something to Jane Eyre.

  • Read What You're Watching TV Tube
    Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015

    The arrival of autumn means it's almost time to pull out the cellophane-paned Collegeville costume boxes before entering the glide path toward the holidays. If your pups are frisky and their ears are chilly to the touch, it's a clear signal that the fall TV season is also here. We get it, you've got a new episode of one show or another five nights a week. But that still leaves you with 20 or so hours a day to read. We've got some great recommendations to fill the space between shows so you can read what you're watching!

  • Paranormal Romance
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    The leaves are starting to fall, the nights are getting longer, pumpkin spice can be found in abundance, and kids are getting ready for Halloween. And most of all it’s that time of the year when ghostly love is in the air. Vampires and werewolves are staring longingly at one another under the full moon, zombies chase the brains of their true loves, and the ghosts haunt their old flames. I think you know where I’m going with this. It’s time for a good old fashioned paranormal romance! 

  •  Big Library Read Banner
    Posted on: Saturday, October 10, 2015

    The Metropolitan Library System is proud to be a part of the Big Library ReadBig Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library customers unlimited simultaneous access to selected eBooks and customers can instantly start reading the eBooks without having to wait on hold.

  • Signal Boost
    Posted on: Friday, October 09, 2015

    Good eeevening, dearies. Step into my parlor, pull up a tombstone and check out this carefully curated selection of spine-chillers!

  • Librarian and children at storytime
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 07, 2015

    Have you ever been asked to read a book out loud to a group of children? This can be intimidating for community leaders who don’t have the professional training and experience of a children’s librarian! Here are some tips to help.

  • father and son reading together
    Posted on: Monday, October 05, 2015

    Crisp air is the first of many signs that autumn is bound for arrival. It’s also a prelude; a gentle reminder that frosty days and nights aren’t far behind. I hope you enjoy this month’s selections! All of the selections have a “spooky” theme, but none of the books are too scary to share with your young readers. I hope you’re able to take some time this month to share a story with the little ones in your life!

  • national book awrd medal
    Posted on: Monday, September 28, 2015

    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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