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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 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, I did not have a favorite genre such as horse ...

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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


    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
    Blame it on the Duke
    The Disgraceful Dukes series
    April 18
    Elizabeth Boyle Elizabeth Boyle
    Six Impossible Things
    Rhymes With Love series
    April 25
    Celeste Bradley Celeste Bradley
    Wedded Bliss
    Wicked Worthington series
    May 2

    Claire Cameron Claire Cameron
    The Last Neanderthal
    May 2
    Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mainstream Fiction
    Fredrik Backman Fredrik Backman
    Mainstream Fiction
    May 2
    Tessa Bailey Tessa Bailey
    Too Hard to Forget
    Romancing the Clarksons series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 25
    Julie James Julie James
    The Thing About Love
    Contemporary romance
    April 18
    Beth Kery Beth Kery
    Behind the Curtain
    Contemporary Romance
    May 2
    Laura Moore
    Laura Moore
    Making Waves
    Beach Lane series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 25
    cd reiss CD Reiss
    Contemporary Romance
    May 1
    Maisey Yates Maisey Yates
    Slow Burn Cowboy
    Copper Ridge series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 18
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    David Baldacci David Baldacci
    The Fix
    April 18
    Deb Caletti Deb Caletti
    What’s Become of Her
    April 18
    Sasscer Hill Sasscer Hill
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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!

    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 ...
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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


    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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    Coming soon to a bookshelf near you: April 2017

    by Becky C | Apr 07, 2017

    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the February issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries this month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Which of these catches your eye?  The Last Neanderthal and Ararat have made my list!

    Fiction coming to the collection April/May 2017

     Long Black Veil
    Ladys Code of Misconduct
     Ride Rough
     Wild Ride
     The Last Neanderthal
     The Golden Legend
     What It Means
     A Rising Man
     American War
     Anything is Possible
     Prussian Blue
     Change Agent
     Dangerous Games
     An Extraordinary Union

    Non-Fiction coming to the collection April/May 2017

    An American Sickness
     Salt Fat Acid Heat
    Citrus Recipes
     Fact of a Body
     Mans Better Angels
     Gods Red Son
     Taking My Life Back
     Potlikker Papers
     Financial Diaries
     Richard Nixon
     Between Them
     My Life with Bob
     Darwins First Theory
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    Suggested (m)use: Khalid

    by Craig B | Apr 05, 2017

    cover for Khalid's album, American TeenAs an old guy (I’ll be 37 soon), I appreciated the low-key delivery and epicenter insights, into what it means to be an “American teen” these days provided by Khalid’s debut album, American Teen.  With sentiments involving this newest generation’s take on the “American Dream,” the inhibiting nature of limited cash flow, and digital ethics/GPS privacy, this album has a lot to offer, even beyond educating an old guy on “kids these days.” (Glad to know they still find winter cold.)

    Suggested Use: If you’re a teenager, this seems like a great album to chill out with just before first period, maybe on that walk to school or while you’re taking a moment to update your web-comic or something, in the Commons.  If you’re a bit older, lock the doors, pull the blinds, and absorb this album’s beats and battery of experiences while you fill up your pill organizer for the week, because who knows?  You might just run into a teenager again one of these days and find you have more in common with them than you knew.

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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.

    Book Spine Poetry

    by Becky C | Apr 03, 2017

    Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  As we celebrate another National Poetry Month this April, here's a look back at one of our favorite posts.  Originally published April 27, 2014.

    As another National Poetry Month begins, let’s celebrate with some Book Spine Poetry from around the internet.  What is Book Spine Poetry?  It’s when someone takes a titled book, places another titled book underneath it, and continues to do so until a verse has been created that can be read from top to bottom.  Some are witty, some are whimsical, some are subtle, and some are profound.  Have you ever tried it?  If so, please share your pics in the comments — I’d love to read them!

    Book Riot
     Brain Pickings    
     Book Bug
     Nina Katchadourian    

    Becky's previous poetry-related posts:

    April Rain Song: With all of the rain we've had recently, Langston Hughes "April Rain Song" is the perfect poem to enjoy this month.  This post includes a link to Liev Schrieber reading the poem.

    Mad, bad and dangerous to know:  Lord Byron was THE Bad Boy of his time.  And yet, he wrote simply beautiful poetry.  This post includes a reading of his poem "She Walks in Beauty". 

    Are you a Cumberbabe?:  Benedict Cumberbatch reads John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Kubla Khan" by Samuel ...
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    Pixels replacing pages on the map

    by Evan | Mar 31, 2017

    Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  Here's a look back at a post we originally published March 18, 2015.

    Growing up far from Civil War battlefields, my first visualization of them came via a book: The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. Its painted two-page bird’s-eye views — complete with tiny soldiers marching across golden fields and green forests and firing tiny cannons — engrossed my 10-year-old imagination and spurred me toward the many battlefield visits I have taken. It also fueled my lifelong fascination with maps.

    This month, as I plan a vacation and work on a hobby project, I am absorbed by maps; some are in books and some are on the Internet. Although each has advantages, I wonder whether in another computer generation, map books — despite all their beauty and utility — will become unprofitable. Many online map images still load slowly or are hard to read, but Mapquest, Google Maps, and the like are amazingly helpful, and the slickest websites can give you views of old maps that rival the experience of holding the original documents in your hands.

    For instance, we have a book called Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War that features Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil Warmaps made during that time. It’s a large book, and the images of the maps  are somewhat  readable.

    But take a look at this set of old Civil War maps on the Digital Public Library of America ...

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    What's with song-pun titles?

    by Kay S | Mar 29, 2017
    Book Review:  Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

    When I first read the title of Tessa tessa dareDare's latest novel, Do You Want to Start a Scandal, my mind immediately sang the Beatles song,Do you Want to Know a Secret. Then I started to hear review rumblings of a song from Frozen and I thought, what are they talking about? I had to look up the songs from Frozen and found Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Well - that's a fine howdy-do. Which is it, Secret or Snowman? I don't know, but I wish whoever is thinking of these oh-so-clever book titles would stop because now I have two songs going through my head.

    Now on to the book with the silly title, Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare. This book started off great and I thought that at last there was light at the end of the tunnel - and there was - sort of. This is a hard book to review.  Not only is there a delightful heroine, but it also has one of the funniest scenes I've read in a long time. The problem is that the book doesn't maintain its momentum alllll the way through.

    I adored the heroine, Charlotte Highwood. Some people may not because she is a tad bit outrageous. She does things that are not at all historically correct, so if you have an issue with trying to keep your ...
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    What We're Reading: March 2017

    by Becky C | Mar 27, 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!

    Adulthood is a Myth
    Penrics Demon
    Miranda and Caliban
     Eat Well
     The Power of Habit
     The Whole Towns Talking
     When My Sister Started Kissing
     American Gods
     Seven Minutes in Heaven
     Born a Crime
     Nation on the Take
     The Girl in the Well is Me
     A Gentleman in Moscow

    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: Kevin Roth

    by Craig B | Mar 20, 2017

    Kevin Roth in Grabill Branch LibraryIn this month’s Allen County Reads, Kevin Roth shares his love of the library.  Kevin is a lifelong resident of the Grabill community; he lives on the Roth family farm established in 1853.  The original log cabin from the Roth farm has been donated in an effort to preserve local history and can be seen on display at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Now, here's Kevin:

    “The Grabill library is one of the key "quality of life" assets of the Leo-Grabill-Harlan area.  I know a lot of people were instrumental in getting the library to come to Grabill but my mind always goes to Chris Gerig and Ron Schmucker. 

    Chris spent several years gathering names on petitions and advocating for a library in Grabill.  Ron Schmucker was an Amish schoolteacher who also advocated for our library as a way to help his students learn and grow. 

    I really didn't use the public library very much until it came to Grabill.  Now I regularly have 8-12 items checked out at any time.

    I love the online reservation capability that allows me to get any materials I want delivered right to my local branch. 

    The library has expanded my areas of interest.  I will see or hear of something that catches my interest and I'll see what's available on that topic.  I get materials on consumer product research, history, sports ( Tour De France and Iditarod), Christian Living, biographies, comedy, movies, and music (Country and Christian).

    In the last couple of years I ...

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    The leprechauns made me do it

    by Becky C | Mar 17, 2017

    It's no secret that I love holidays and Saint Patrick's Day is no exception.  In fact, given that spring typically follows right on its heels, friendly shenanigans are the order of the day, and Irish music is literally in the air, it's currently at the top of my list!

    Looking for music recommendations to carry your Saint Patrick's Day celebrations past March 17?  ACPL has a solid collection to choose from.  I've included links to cds in our collection but there's more!  Your ACPL card also gives you free access to streaming music via Freegal and Hoopla.

    Come Dance With Me In Ireland: Classic Irish Dance Music. This cd offers 12 tracks culled from the Claddagh music label's vast collection.  AllMusic notes that "Among other gems, there's a great set of hornpipes played with an almost polka verve by Phil, John, and Pip Murphy, an exquisite rendition of "The Ace and Deuce of Pipering" by uilleann piper Gay McKeon, and a very fine jig set played on flute and pipes by Ronan Brown and Peter O'Loughlin. This is traditional Irish music of the relatively hardcore variety -- no synthesizers, no multi-tracked vocals, no electric basses. Highly recommended."

    The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk. Tracks by traditional stalwarts like the Bothy Band, Altan, and the Dubliners appear alongside more pop-oriented acts like Lou McMahon and the Screaming Orphans.  A solid introduction to both classic Irish folk music and some of genre's better contemporary artists.

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    Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!! Upcoming Releases!!

    by Kay S | Mar 15, 2017
    Yes, my Petunias it's time for a few upcoming releases from March 15 to April 14, 2017! This is, of course, not alllll of the new books being released. I would not have the time to compile that list and you would not have the time to read a list of that size. But, I have selected a few books which I'm hearing good things about. And, remember these are the release dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    Anna Bennett Anna Bennett
    I Dared the Duke
    Wayward Wallflowers series
    April 4
    Alyssa Cole Alyssa Cole
    An Extraordinary Union
    Loyal League series
    March 28
    Suzanne Enoch Suzanne Enoch
    My One True Highlander
    No Ordinary Hero series
    April 4
    Historical Fiction
    Marc Graham Marc Graham, debut
    Of Ashes and Dust
    March 22
    Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mainstream Fiction
    Lauren Denton Lauren K. Denton, debut
    The Hideaway
    March 11
    Joanna Goodman Joanna Goodman
    The Finishing School
    April 11
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    All You Need
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 4
    Kylie Scott Kylie Scott
    Dive Bar series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 11
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    Cherry Adair Cherry Adair
    Cutter Cay series
    Romantic Suspense
    April 4
    ;Annabeth Albert Annabeth Albert
    At Attention
    Out of Uniform series
    Romantic Suspense
    April 10
    Steve Berry Steve Berry
    The Lost Order
    Cotton Malone series
    April 4
    Bella Jewel Bella Jewel
    72 ...
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    Look for real science, not agenda science

    by Evan | Mar 13, 2017
    Science Lab

    Science serves as a whipping boy for both the political right and the left. Often times, the right demands ever more evidence that pollution speeds up global warming; the left insists that scientists who advocate genetically modified crops are agri-biz stooges. The right pooh-poohs the destruction of species and ecosystems; the left insists that scientists who advocate immunizations are big pharma stooges. And who knows where people are coming from when they assert that scientists cover up evidence of superior aliens directing the course of human events?

    So, how can you tell someone is trying to sell you science to promote their own agenda? When you want to evaluate science -- maybe even detect pseudoscience -- who you gonna call? Hopefully, not the Ghostbusters. Instead, call your local librarian, who can draw upon many books written to help figure out who is doing solid scientific research and who is just blowing ideological smoke.   While librarians, like everyone else, tend to be diverse in our philosophical beliefs, we leave those at the door.  Whatever our personal leanings, we value solid research.  What kind of criteria do we use?  NBC and Forbes offer the examples of the types of questions we ask when evaluating information.

    The variety of books in our collection may help you appreciate a fundamental aspect of science: uncertainty. Good science does not require absolute theoretical certainty. It does require clear thinking, ideally based on observations and/or experiments that other scientists repeat. Even then, it is ...
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