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I’m a Travelin’ Man

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Lately I’ve been shifting A LOT of books in the adult non-fiction sections of UDPL.  There are two reasons for this:  1) to lower the top shelves whenever possible in order to bring the books closer to eye level, and 2) to arrange the books in correct Dewey Decimal order.  Now mind you, some of the books’

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Children are known for being afraid of all manner of things, from the dark to monsters under the bed to the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz (a very reasonable fear!). For my two-year-old son, however, it’s unicorns. Terrifying, I know. How did this fear come to be? Apparently, from a scene in a Disney Junior's Little

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About three weeks ago, the following conversation happened at the front desk: Kay: We got a Nest thermostat at home. It was free with the solar panels. Claudia: Neat. What does it do? Kay: Well, for starters, you can see what temperature your house is and change it from afar. *pulls out cell phone* See? Our house is currently heating

Jenn, our children's librarian

On Monday the American Library Association (ALA) announced all of the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs). I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them, like the Caldecott for illustrations and the Newbery for writing. But, there are more than a dozen awards given out by multiple divisions within ALA. This day can be compared to the Academy Awards,

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It’s just a few weeks into January, so that means there’s still time to squeak by with your 2017 resolutions or goals. The loftiest goals often offer some type of self-improvement.  Don’t eat the cookies and do eat the kale. I’m definitely more on the side of adding rather than taking away; I’d rather shy away from restrictions

Molly, our teen librarian

Mr. Kirk was my 4th grade computer teacher. He did everything he could to convince us to call him Captain Kirk, but he didn’t really have the swagger of William Shatner and it never really stuck. I think this made him think that we thought he was uncool, but honestly, my clearest memories from 4th grade were

As David Lynch once said “Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” Espresso, Flat White, Cappuccino, Latte, Americano, Café con leche, Macchiato or Mocha. However it’s made or in whatever manifestation - I’ll take it! Coffee is by far my beverage of choice. What inspired me to extoll my adoration of the Coffea Arabica plant?

Driving

Kathy, our cataloger in a Read poster

I am one of those people who cut through your neighborhood. Now before you get all hot and bothered…I am NOT one of those people who RACE through your neighborhood. On the contrary, I drive slowly. *I* remember what it was like to be a kid playing in the street. I drive through for one of two

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Whether you’re nobly looking to broaden your knowledge or simply looking to impress your friends or colleagues at the next gathering, check out Smarty Pants, the new Podcast from "The American Scholar" (sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa). Guaranteed to make you smarter with every listen. As their website explains (https://theamericanscholar.org/podcast/#), “Tune in every two weeks to catch

Hit the Swing, Jack!

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Perhaps you remember my first blog awhile back telling you about my other gig – besides my library gig that is.  That other gig is the host of a local radio show playing music.  In this follow-up blog I’d like to go into a little more detail about my show.  But fair warning!  I have an ulterior