Out of the Silent Planet

In Out of the Silent Planet, Ransom, the main character, is a linguistics professor in Cambridge, England, who enjoys trekking the English countryside by himself. The walks offer him a sense of independence and freedom, in addition to an opportunity to focus without interruptions and distractions. However, traveling on one’s own does have its downsides, […]

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars was a movie that I honestly thought would bore me. I was rather surprised not long into the movie how interesting it was. It was a pretty typical movie, guy and girl meet and eventually start dating. Now, yes, that isn't original, but I'm not done yet. They both have cancer […]

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Experimental Experience

If you walked into Creative Experience on September 30th, you would have seen something like this: Local media artists Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris transformed Creative Experience with their site-specific video and film installation, The Contemporary Prehistory of Digital Video, which included a performance and interactive elements. The sound you hear in this video is made up […]

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As a child, Heidi was one of my favorite books. I have probably read it a hundred times over. It is about a young girl sent to live in the Alps with her grandfather. She loves climbing the mountains and helping her friend, the goat herder, Peter. She loves the Alpine flowers and sunsets. I […]

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Staff Pick: Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Native American author, has a Ph.D. in Biology; she is also a professor and mother. Rooted in multiple places and identities, she weaves stories of family, students, Native Americans, plants, land and wigwams--and Native stories of origins and thanksgiving. Braiding Sweetgrass is a wonderfully human and earthy book that connects readers not only to earth, roots and Native respect, […]

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Absurd Books

They always say you should never judge a book by its cover but by its contents. But, whoever said this had never seen the books we have seen. While sorting through the many great books we have in Center for the Reader at Central Library, we found a couple of odd looking ones peppered throughout […]

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C is for Cookie

Nothing says loving like a nice, warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven. Though a nice butter shortbread might be a close second. Or oatmeal… or butterscotch… or a sugar cookie with sprinkles… We all have our favorites. Baking cookies is easy for the beginning baker to the master chef with these titles from […]

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S.T.E.A.M. eBooks for Kids

S.T.E.A.M. combines the topics of science, technology, engineering, art and math to make learning fun. Explore special interests from cooking to space and everything in between. Expand your knowledge with these titles from our digital collections. Review provided by OverDrive After foiling a gang of kidnappers and fending off an army of robots, 11-year-old siblings […]

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Patron Saints

For whatever reason I have found myself listening to a lot of bands with “saint” in the title. Seeing as Saint Motel just played at Delmar Hall a month or so ago, and St. Vincent will be playing at the Pageant in November, I thought this would be a good time to explore some of […]

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