When books went to war

Did you know that the Library War Service was established in 1917 by the American Library Association?  Librarians across the country campaigned heavily to have books donated to public libraries so they could be sent overseas, providing books and other services to soldiers serving in Europe during World War I. As you’d imagine, soldiers in […]

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Staff favorites on display in April and May

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As you'd expect, in such a big library, people read a wide variety of books.  Throughout April and May, you'll find a display of some favorite books from Central Library's first floor staff. You'll see that many of the books (and some of the book covers on the display) have a little tag; this is […]

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What’s that display ?

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Every month, several staff in Center for the Reader create displays.  We have a lot of fun with these and because we all work on different displays, there's always a variety of things to choose from.  This month, our displays include one which focuses on World War I fiction (to tie in to the wonderful […]

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Fiction in the Kitchen

I’m one of those people who loves having music on when I’m cooking or  baking (and I seriously think that good music makes food taste better).  I also enjoy reading culinary memoirs. Whether it’s Anthony Bourdain’s books, Marcus Samuellson’s memoir, or any of Ruth Reichl’s books, I find that the best food memoirs touch on […]

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When bigger can be better

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Maybe it's just me, but sometimes, the print in a mass-market paperback seems a bit tiny (it's usually font size 10).  If you've had an experience like this with a book, consider trying a large-print selection.  Large-print books have a font that is at least 18 point in size and can be handy for those […]

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On Writing as a Woman

I read an interesting article recently on BookRiot written by Priya Sridhar, in which she states, "I am a woman. I am also a writer. Some may call me a woman writer for that reason. If I write mainstream novels or attempt to, people will view my writing as written by a woman. But what does […]

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Buckets of Books in Center for the Reader this month!

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In Center for the Reader (at Central Library), we change our displays every month to show off all of the awesome reads that can be found in the Library.  With three staff members, there's always a lot of creativity at work, and our displays can be pretty diverse. This month, Rise created a beautiful display […]

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No time for a book group meeting? Try our online group!

Do you enjoy discussing what you've been reading, but don't have time to go to a book group?  Consider joining in on our monthly online discussions on Goodreads!  The On the Same Page group on Goodreads has monthly discussions which center on a topic and anyone is welcome to join and share their thoughts. Our […]

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February is the month for . . . horror?

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Did you know that in addition to being Black History Month, that February is also Women in Horror Month?  Actually, I have a feeling most readers didn’t know that.  If February always makes you think “Valentine’s Day. Yuck!!” then perhaps you’d like to celebrate Women in Horror.  We’re already past Valentine’s Day, but there’s still […]

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Do you fall for pickup lines?

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Ever have someone say the perfect pickup line to you?  Or maybe say something that just caught your attention in the right way? If you participated in the recent Friends with Benefits event here at Central Library, you saw our display of books that only show you a pickup line as an invitation to take […]

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