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    As Bullwinkle says: Jumping G. Horsefat!

    by Kay S | May 22, 2017
    Yes, even Bullwinkle is excited that once again it's time for some upcoming books! Being released by publishers between May 15 and June 14, 2017 these are a few of the books which will be coming to a library near you. I'm hearing good things about these stories.

    Historical Romance
    jo Beverley
    Jo Beverley
    http://www.jobev.com
    Merely a Marriage
    May 30
    kj hunter K.J. Charles
    https://kjcharleswriter.wordpress.com/books/
    An Unnatural Vice
    Sins of the Cities series
    June 6
    lorraine heath Lorraine Heath
    http://www.lorraineheath.com/
    Affair with a Notorious Heiress
    Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series
    May 30
    madeline hunter Madeline Hunter
    http://www.madelinehunter.com/
    The Most Dangerous Duke in London
    Decadent Dukes Society series
    May 30
    eva leigh Eva Leigh
    http://evaleighauthor.com
    From Duke Till Dawn
    London Underground series
    May 30
    Historical Fiction
    kate quinn Kate Quinn
    http://www.katequinnauthor.com/
    The Alice Network
    June 6
    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction
    annabeth albert Annabeth Albert
    http://annabethalbert.com/
    On Point
    Out of Uniform series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 6
    sarah hegger Sarah Hegger
    http://sarahhegger.com
    Positively Pippa
    Ghost Falls series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30
    christina lauren Christina Lauren
    http://www.christinalaurenbooks.com/
    Dating You/Hating You
    Contemporary Romance
    June 6
    rhenna morgan Rhenna Morgan
    http://RhennaMorgan.com
    Claim and Protect
    The haven Brotherhood series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 12
    sarah morgan Sarah Morgan
    http://sarahmorgan.com/books/sleepless-in-manha...
    New York, Actually
    From Manhattan with Love series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30
    brenda novak Brenda Novak
    http://www.brendanovak.com
    No One But You
    Silver Springs series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 1
    shannyn schroader Shannyn Schroeder
    http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com
    Through Your Eyes
    For Your Love series
    Contemporary Romance
    May 30...
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    15 Minute Pulitzer 1973: Optimism, Welty, and Beatlemania

    by Craig B | May 19, 2017

    cover for Eudora Welty's novel, The Optimist's DaughterBook Review: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

    If I were to indulge my faux-literary-critic persona here and use some high-sounding phraseology to talk about Eudora Welty’s last novel (the novel that won her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973), I would say that The Optimist’s Daughter contains an interesting “reversal of climaxes” that challenges readers to think carefully about what it all means.  And by “all” I mean the narrative of the book and also “all” -- what it ALL means.  This “reversal”, I could pontificate, happens as the novel shifts and parries and kind of hits you in the back of the head when it kills off a main character only a third of the way through the book.  The rest of the novel then becomes about the nearly anti-climactic funeral for that character and we have to use our “imagination” (a theme throughout the novel) to truly understand the tensions that continue to drive the narrative.  Now, I have to be careful.  I might be starting to sound like I possibly, really liked this book.  Well, it was okay, I guess, for the record, but honestly it felt a little underdeveloped or only marginally realized or something.  Not that I’m qualified to say, I’m just a reader, not a professional, despite my sometimes ambitious vocabulary.

    I do find it interesting that Welty lies at rest beneath words from this novel.  The quote on her gravestone is reputedly, "For her life, any life, she had to ...

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    What We're Reading: May 2017

    by Becky C | May 17, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!
    Nabokovs Favorite Word
     
    This Time Together
     
     Down City
     Something Strange and Deadly
     Zoo Station
     Wounded Prophet
     Stranger in the Woods
     Cocktail Hour Garden
     Norse Mythology
     Cows Pigs Wars Witches
     Hot
     To Kill a Mockingbird
     Dorothy Must Die
     Lost City of the Monkey God
     Collapsing Empire
     Rescuing Penny Jane
     Paper Girls
     One Good Dog
     Food Health and Happiness
     Fraulein M
     King Baby
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Looking who we caught reading!

    by Becky C | May 15, 2017
    May is Get Caught Reading month, a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages just how much fun taking a break with a good book is.  Sure, we all have To Do lists that seem never-ending and sometimes it’s hard to set aside some me-time — but isn’t it wonderful when we do?

    Several famous people have been caught reading recently — click here for their pics!  ACPL is joining in on the fun — look who we “caught” reading on their breaks and lunch hours!  It’s one of life’s ironies that although we are surrounded by books all day long, reading is generally NOT part of our job description.  Sigh.

    Get Caught Reading A Good Day for a Hat
     Get Caught Reading Craig
     
         
     Get Caught Reading Sara  Get Caught Reading Kara  
         
     Get Caught Reading Kris  Get Caught Reading Mariah  
         
     Get Caught Reading Evan  Get Caught Reading Nerija  
         
     Get Caught Reading Megan
       


    Would you like to join us?  Please feel free to send your photos to ask@acpl.info with the subject line Caught Reading.  I will share in a follow-up post later this month!



    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Moms with moxie

    by Becky C | May 12, 2017
    Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  As we celebrate Mothers' Day this weekend, here's a look back at one of our favorite posts.  Originally published May 9, 2012.

    As we prepare to celebrate Mothers’ Day, I not only think of my mom and my friends’ moms, but also the great moms I’ve encountered in fiction.  Here’s a short list of some of the best moms in fiction — who would you add?

    Barrayar
      Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan is a force to be reckoned with.  Before marrying Aral Vorkosigan and having a child, she was commander of her own spaceship.  In Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold, Aral may have the military reputation and the nickname “The Butcher of Komarr”, but the men of Barrayar would be advised to take Cordelia at her word when she warns them to avoid annoying her.  Love Cordelia! 
         
     Tehanu
       In Tehanu, a book in the Earthsea Cycle, we spend time with Tenar, a former high priestess of the Nameless Ones.  Tenar has a generous maternal spirit:  despite the turmoil around her she adopts and raises a maimed, abused girl, making Tenar one of the greatest fantasy moms ever.
         
     Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
       I think Molly Weasley is simply awesome in all of the Harry Potter books but I selected The Deathly Hallows for this list because of her deadly duel with Bellatrix Lestrange.  Go Molly!
         
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    Do Opposites Really Attract?

    by Kay S | May 10, 2017
    You know when I read a romance novel, I often ask myself “would this relationship really
    work?” Would a stuffed-shirt aristocrat really go for a wild-eyed suffragette? Would a h_guhrkePankhurst thumping suffragette really go for an “I’m-better-then-you-I-rule-the-world" man? We live in such a fantasy world in Romanceland, sometimes I think we believe that these relationships would work. We rely heavily on the author to “make it so.” When I picked up The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke, I pretty much thought that no matter how different the hero and heroine were, in the end I would be sure they would have a believable happy ending. You see, Laura Lee Guhrke excels at writing complex characters which match up. So, I started reading.

    The book starts out promising. Henry Cavanaugh, Duke of Torquil, is a little peeved because his mother has sent a letter to Lady Truelove (a gossip advice columnist) asking for advice. You see, his mother is in love with a man much younger than herself and that man is an artist – gasp. Well, Henry is a tried and true top-drawer aristocrat. His word is the law, his hand is iron, and he jumps tall building in a single bound (oops, wrong guy). Dressed in his most threatening ensemble, he rushes down to confront Lady Truelove only to be greeted by Irene Deverill, the editor of the newspaper. First of all, he is shocked that it is a woman who has control ...
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    Suggested (m)use: Brantley Gilbert

    by Craig B | May 08, 2017

    cover for Brantley Gilbert's album, The Devil Don't SleepGilbert’s new album, The Devil Don’t Sleep, has its moments of ascension, like the pronouncement of a female acquaintance to be a “smokin’ gun” and the keening quality of a cry to “let it rain, let it rain, let it rain”.  If you like rock-infused country you should give this album a try.  It certainly delivers on the “infused” part with nearly every one of the album’s mid-tempo songs borrowing something from that other genre of music.  And I just have to publicly appreciate this level of commitment, the borrowing even goes down to the title of track 1, “Rockin’ Chairs”

    Suggested Use: Again, if you dig rock-infused country music, this is a great album to order fast food to on a Friday night; tunes to blare from your Pioneers as you grin at the folks on the other side of the drive-thru window letting them know you’re about to have a great weekend.

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    Congratulations Beverly Jenkins

    by Kay S | May 05, 2017
    Beverly Jenkins has been awarded the 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement beverly jenkinsAward. This is one of the highest honors Romance Writers of America bestows on authors. This award is presented to a living author in recognition of significant contributions to the romance genre. 

    Beverly has been in the business of blood, sweat, and tears (that's writing) since her first book Night Song was published in 1994. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature. 

    Congratulations Ms. Jenkins!!!


    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
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    Discover the science in fantasy

    by Evan | May 03, 2017
    Serious geeks may be disappointed by Helen Keen's recent book, The Science of Game of Thrones. The British comic and science TV personality doesn't reveal how to wake the dead or mother your own dragon.

    Lighthearted nerds, however, will enjoy Keen's spritely style and her research into just how close this world is -- or is not -- to the many fantastical elements of George R. R. Martin's great creation. He is the author of the Song of Ice and Fire book series, which is the inspiration for the Game of Thrones TV series.

    The Science of Game of ThronesYou want to make  your own Valyrian steel sword? Keel will get you as close as she can, including what to look for in just the right iron ore meteor.

    It is known that Winter Is Coming in Westeros, but Keen notes that Martin said his tale is partly an analog for what scientists say about our real world: Summer Is Coming. She tells how, ironically, bubbles in Antarctic ice cores help drive that prediction. 

    Giants, choking poisons, dire wolves, the surprisingly successful sex lives of beta males (Samwell Tarly), the magical power of a king's blood -- Keen brings you up to date on these and many more just in time for the TV show's much-anticipated new season in July.

    As to the even more-anticipated sixth novel  in the series, making it arrive immediately is beyond anyone's scientific or magical powers. So, in the mean time, check out Keen's  little book and then amaze ...
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    Experience Japanese Culture at ACPL

    by Becky C | May 01, 2017
    Are you ready for festival season in Fort Wayne?  It's just around the corner.  The Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its 11th year, will take place May 7th at the Main Library.  If you'd like to experience a bit of Japanese culture ahead of time, we have a variety of items in our collection.  Here's a peek:

    Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp
     Storytelling in Japanese art
     Art of Sumi
     Six Hidden Views of Japanese Music
     Walking the Kiso Road
     The Japanese Tea Ceremony
     Japanese Art
     Japanese Cooking
     Kimono
     Art of the Japanese Sword
     Art of Japanese papercrafts
     Japanese Ghosts and Demons
     Art of Japanese Gardens
     Japanese Art of Stone
     Classic Haiku
     Shiatsu
     Japanese Culture
     A Zen Harvest
     Japanland
     Samurai
     Shanks mare
         

    Previous Cherry Blossom Festival posts:

    Festival season begins.  Includes a few facts about this event and our sister city relationship with Takaoka, Japan.  Posted May 18, 2012.

    Cherry Blossom Festival.  This is a link to several posts from our What's Happening blog.  2014, in particular, is worth a look as it offers a few photos from previous years.




    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Allen County Reads: Laurie Proctor

    by Evan | Apr 26, 2017
    Allen County Reads Laurie ProctorIn this month’s Allen County Reads, Laurie Proctor, minister emerita at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, shares her love of reading. 

    "My parents were rather voracious readers and I’m sure their habits influenced me for the good.  I can’t imagine life without reading books."

    When I was three, my mother, father, and I moved to a new post-war development in what was then the little town of Belmont, California, south of San Francisco, the city of my birth.  As soon as we moved, we began making trips downtown to the library which was located in city hall.  We went to the library every week and checked out the limit which I think was seven books.  When I was old enough (I think I had to be able to write my name), I got my own card.  The librarian, who lived around the corner, said she loved my parents because they kept the circulation count up.  The library later moved into a much larger facility closer to where we lived, and I went with my parents or rode my bike by myself. 

    I had a two-book set of fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.  I looked forward to waking up very early on weekend mornings, before anyone else was awake and sometimes before the sun was up.  It was a treat to read these tales in bed in the quiet part of the day.  Later I read Nancy Drew mysteries, but other than those, ...

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    A Few Good Books: April 2017

    by Emily M | Apr 24, 2017

    Looking for a good book recommendation? Look no further!  Here are a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently.

    Book Review:  The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

    ThePersonalHistoryofRachelDupree

    The opening sequence of this book features a mother who, along with her husband and two older children, is lowering her six-year-old daughter into a well.  The mother, Rachel, is frantic, terrified, praying ceaselessly for her daughter’s safety, yet she doesn’t stop from placing her young child into this dark, dangerous place.  Why would someone do such a thing?  Because the DuPrees are a homesteading family in the Badlands of South Dakota in the early twentieth century.  There’s no running water, no nearby neighbors, and the family’s well has run so low that simply lowering a bucket into it yields no results.  Six-year-old Liz can use a cup to scoop the last dregs of water into the bucket, keeping the family and their livestock hydrated for just a few more days. And so begins the story of Rachel DuPree and her family’s attempt to survive in one of the most formidable landscapes in the country.

    For fourteen years Rachel and her husband Isaac have homesteaded in South Dakota, and as a result have 2500 acres and a wooden (rather than sod) house to show for it.  However, as the drought worsens and more and more of their neighbors are giving up and leaving their homesteads behind, Isaac remains determined to do whatever it takes not only to hang on to what ...

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    Share the art!

    by Craig B | Apr 21, 2017

    This Summer ACPL will be turning the Great Hall of the Main Library into a bazaar of unique contributions from a variety of local artists.  Here are a few folks we are happy to introduce as participants:

    Robert Owen

     original image by Robert Owen










    Gregg Coffey

     original image by Greg Coffey









    Heather Houser

    original image by Heather Houser














    Valerie McBride

    original image by Valerie McBride



     







    Janelle Young

    original jewelry by Janelle Young

     















    It’s not too late to join in the fun.  Artists apply here by May 1 for a booth space.  Art enthusiasts join us between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday, July 15th, the last weekend of the Three Rivers Festival, for the Artist Fair itself.  Budding artists take advantage of the several programs being offered throughout the day on July 15th designed to allow you to bloom including Watercolor, Simon Says Art, and Chainmaille Jewelry!

    And don't forget to check out our online calendar for more Summer events!










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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) A favorite book of Craig’s is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    15 Minute Pulitzer 1972: No, really! You should consider reading this book

    by Craig B | Apr 19, 2017
    cover for Wallace Stegner's novel, Angle of ReposeBook Review:  Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

    There is a moment that I found particularly meaningful in Wallace Stegner’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner, Angle of Repose, in which he defines wisdom as knowing what one has to accept.  At that point in the narrative, after around 450 pages of material that many would certainly decry as dull, the definition honestly seemed a bit self-serving, even as it was illuminating.  Any reader of this post should take with a grain of salt my acceptance of the moment, my even gleeful highlighting of it in this blog as a bright spot, because my reaction to its “wisdom” may have less to do with its actual perspicacity, and more to do with 450 pages of being beaten down and heaped up into an “angle of repose”.  For those of us unfamiliar with the terminologies of engineers, the "angle of repose" is literally the angle at which any material stops avalanching over itself as it is heaped against, say, the wall of a ditch. **SPOILER ALERT**, metaphorically, it's the angle at which I stopped trying to resist or escape. 

    Now, I’m being a bit hard on Mr. Stegner and his book.  There are some exciting undercurrents to Angle of Repose.  There’s something here about cultural divides and the generation gap, the nature of forgiveness, the “Doppler Effect of history", and a fascinating look at the story of the American West.  I actually did enjoy the book … but still … ...

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) One of Craig's favorite books is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    Jumping G. Horsefat! Hokey Smoke! Upcoming Releases!

    by Kay S | Apr 17, 2017
    Yes, it's time for a few upcoming releases! These titles are due to be released between April 15 and May 14, 2017. These are of course not the only books which will be released, just the ones I've heard good things about. And, remember the above dates are not the dates they will appear on your library shelves.


    Historical Fiction
    Lenora Bell
    Lenora Bell
    http://www.lenorabell.com/
    Blame it on the Duke
    The Disgraceful Dukes series
    April 18
    Elizabeth Boyle Elizabeth Boyle
    http://www.elizabethboyle.com
    Six Impossible Things
    Rhymes With Love series
    April 25
    Celeste Bradley Celeste Bradley
    http://www.celestebradley.com/
    Wedded Bliss
    Wicked Worthington series
    May 2

    Claire Cameron Claire Cameron
    http://www.claire-cameron.com
    The Last Neanderthal
    May 2
    Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mainstream Fiction
    Fredrik Backman Fredrik Backman
    http://fredrik.cafe.se
    Beartown
    Mainstream Fiction
    May 2
    Tessa Bailey Tessa Bailey
    http://www.tessabailey.com
    Too Hard to Forget
    Romancing the Clarksons series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 25
    Julie James Julie James
    http://www.juliejames.com
    The Thing About Love
    Contemporary romance
    April 18
    Beth Kery Beth Kery
    http://www.bethkery.com/
    Behind the Curtain
    Contemporary Romance
    May 2
    Laura Moore
    Laura Moore
    http://www.lauramoorebooks.com/index.html
    Making Waves
    Beach Lane series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 25
    cd reiss CD Reiss
    http://cdreiss.com
    Bombshell
    Contemporary Romance
    May 1
    Maisey Yates Maisey Yates
    http://www.maiseyyates.com
    Slow Burn Cowboy
    Copper Ridge series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 18
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    David Baldacci David Baldacci
    http://davidbaldacci.com/
    The Fix
    Thriller
    April 18
    Deb Caletti Deb Caletti
    http://www.debcaletti.com/
    What’s Become of Her
    Thriller
    April 18
    Sasscer Hill Sasscer Hill
    http://SasscerHill.com/
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    What we love about ACPL

    by Becky C | Apr 14, 2017
    National Library Week 2017

    Ask us what we love about working for the Allen County Public Library, and you'll receive a variety of answers.

    • "I get to connect with other people who love reading as much as I do!"
    •  "Questions!  I'm a curious person and every time I'm asked a question, I'm given the opportunity to learn something new."
    •  "Everyone is welcome here.  It doesn't matter how much money you have, where you're from, what religion you practice (or don't).  It doesn't matter how old you are (or how young you are).  Ethnicity doesn't matter.  Sexual orientation doesn't matter.  Everyone has the same opportunities for personal growth and enrichment."
    •  "I make a difference in someone's life.  Every single day.  I can't think of anything better."
    •  "We get to connect hungry minds with information, provide technology and help people use it, and watch young people turn into readers."
    •  "I love helping people."

    Here are a few photos with a few more answers from the less camera-shy of us!  Click on each photo to view it as a larger image.


    Audio Reading Service
       National Library Week Erica
         
     National Library Week Mary    National Library Week Michal
         
     National Library Week Dori    
         

    Thanks for celebrating another National Library Week with us!  And please feel free to share what you love about ACPL in the comments!


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    As access to information evolves, so does ACPL

    by Becky C | Apr 13, 2017

    National Library Week 2017

    National Library Week Georgetown

    "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers.  A Librarian can bring you back the right one."  Author Neil Gaiman.

    ACPL has been an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of Allen County since 1895.  122 years!  We began with 3606 volumes in a room in City Hall; today we have the main library downtown and thirteen thriving branch locations.  Our collection has grown to include millions of books -- but that's just a small part of what we offer.  Not only do we provide a variety of physical materials like books, dvds, music, and videogames, but we also provide access to online resources.  We offer Maker Labs and a variety of programming for all ages.  And that's still just a portion of what we do.

    Today's ACPL is a creative and engaging center for our community.  As the workplace and economy shifts, we are here to connect you with the resources you need to shift with them.  Information overload?  We can help!  Finding reliable, trustworthy information is what we do.

    Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life?  Please share it with us in the comments!







    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Librarian Extraordinaire: Bunny Watson

    by Cheryl M | Apr 12, 2017

    National Library Week 2017

    Desk-Set-Hepburn

    My favorite movie librarian is Bunny Watson, portrayed by Katherine Hepburn, in 1957’s Desk Set. Bunny is intelligent, intuitive, resourceful, and a master retriever of facts. She has remarkable powers of recall and can recite from memory “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore and “The Song of Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

    She manages the library of a broadcasting company in New York City, with a small, dedicated staff of three female colleagues.  There are shelves of books, file cabinets, and index cards (all neatly arranged).  There is also office gossip, quirky visitors, the Legal Department across the hall (consisting of all men), and a sense of fun.

    Bunny is fact-smart but a bit blind in the romance department. Having been strung along for years by a handsome, aspiring vice president (who takes her for granted), Bunny is unexpectedly attracted to an enigmatic engineer who comes to scrutinize her library.  Spencer Tracy is Richard Sumner, the affable but evasive engineer.  Who is he? Why is he pacing off distances and measuring things with a tape measure in her office?  Is her job in jeopardy?

    Desk Set the library

    In a scene that was possibly written for the pure pleasure of a wonderfully witty Tracy-Hepburn repartee, Sumner invites Bunny to a brown-bag lunch on a rooftop patio on a windy, winter day.  He quizzes her mental agility with mathematical word problems, logic questions, and palindromes. His astonishment and admiration for her grows ...

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    Behind the Scenes at ACPL: A day in the Material Support Services department

    by Emma R | Apr 11, 2017

    National Library Week 2017

    MSS in action


    You checked out The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Maybe you found it in Readers' Services, Teens, or Children’s; maybe you found it at a branch. You return it. And you don’t see it again until you’re browsing the shelves and there it is. Your book. The one with the bookmark that you forgot and thought you'd lost forever.

    Where did the book go after you returned it? And how did it get back on the shelf?

    At some point or another, it passed through MSS.

    Wait, what?

    MSS stands for Material Support Services. You don’t see this department because MSS is in the basement at the Main library. You sometimes see us pushing carts, shelving books, or dropping something off in a department.  MSS is one of the cogs that keeps ACPL up and running.

    What happens in MSS that’s so important?

    If you returned your book at the Main library, we pick it up from one of our drops. We have four — a walk-up book drop off of Ewing Street, an inside book drop near the Check Out desk, an inside book drop near the Plaza Security desk, and the drive-up book drop off of Wayne Street.  We check each drop about once an hour.  Every book that is returned is checked in by us. 

    Wayne Street book drop conveyer belt

    If you returned your book at Main, but it belongs at a branch location, it has some more traveling to do once it gets ...
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    A day in the life of a librarian: Craig B in Grabill

    by Craig B | Apr 10, 2017
    National Library Week 2017


    coffee-and-bookMy day at Grabill Branch Library pretty much begins and ends with coffee.  Not that I really need the caffeine, I mean, we make it so weak, I’m not sure there’s any caffeine in it.

    Grabill is the smallest ACPL location if you're simply considering square footage, but we're popular.  Our circulation statistics are consistently high.  During our busiest times, the noise levels can sometimes crescendo quite excitingly.

    Some of the highlights of my day at Grabill are questions about how to use Overdrive and Hoopla.  I find something very satisfying about helping customers make sense of their mobile device and gaining access to vast electronic resources in the form of ebooks (such as Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and digital music recordings (such as the new Ryan Adams album, Prisoner).

    Another highlight is when new materials arrive aboard the courier truck.  It’s a little bit of Christmas every day to receive shiny new books, DVDs, and magazines to put on our shelves.  It’s even better when upon checking those new materials in, they immediately “trap” for a hold that a savvy customer has placed when they were still on order. 

    One of the final highlights of my day at Grabill Branch Library is simply seeing the variety and number of folks who come into our building.  I love seeing them find what they need and leave smiling.  I sometimes envy them the sunshine they step out into but I ...

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    • Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

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