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Staff Guest Review!

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Paige M. is a library staff member who is also a wonderful writer!  Check out her review of Abstract City below: I recently enjoyed a book from our library entitled Abstract City by Christoph Niemann. The book is a collection of sixteen visual blogs that he created for The New York Times. Niemann is a graphic designer with

A Case of Reader’s Guilt

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Summer is a time to relax, but here at UDPL, it’s actually our busiest time of year! I love the extra hustle and bustle around the library during these warmer months, but I have to admit that the abundance of humid, sticky summer days leave me doing less bustling when I’m at home. In the spirit of that,

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As a reader, I always find it interesting when I find myself delving into a rather specific sub-genre. While I read across all genres, I’ve found that in recent years I often gravitate to biographies of powerful, influential women in history. Even if I already know their story, I’m a fan of immersing myself in a historical

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Once again, we're treated to a UDPL Staff Guest Post.  This time, Jack (aka Mr. Jack, to many children in the library) shares a special post all about an upcoming author visit. I know, I know . . . it's tough to get excited about our Phillies this season. Maybe they need to hit rock bottom before they

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Note:  This is another in our series of Staff Guest Reviews.  This review is by Jennifer, another invaluable member of our circulation team.  You've likely encountered her friendly, familiar face at the front desk at the library---she's been here at UDPL for several years. A book that I enjoyed recently is Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar. The

Guest Staff Review!

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*Note:  As you can imagine, we've got lots of voracious readers on staff here at UDPL, so we'll be sharing their recommendations and reading adventures on a periodic basis. This review of the Old Filth trilogy is by Library Assistant Helen Miller---you've likely run into the ever-helpful and cheerful Helen at the library front desk. I enjoyed reading

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Imagine being one of the foremost scientific minds in the world, beyond brilliant, yet steadily losing control of your physical movements and being told you have just two short years left of your life. Then imagine that this grim diagnosis is revealed when you're only 21. This was the devastating reality that young Stephen Hawking dealt with

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Despite how much I wish it were true, the idea that librarians get to read books at work all day is a myth.  The next best thing, and this is quite true, is that we get to talk about books so much during our work day.  One of the most fun and rewarding ways to do so

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