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The Best of 2018 So Far

The Best of 2018 So Far

We are officially halfway through 2018 and I’m feeling #hashtagblessed with all of the thought-provoking and creative book releases so far. Below are my top three 2018 books across genres. What are some of your favorites?

 

 

 

 

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Talk Bookish to Me

Talk Bookish to Me

Like most snooty book nerds, I turned my nose up at audiobooks for a long time. I know how to read. I don’t need to listen to someone else read a book to me, I thought. Audiobooks are lazy. But then I realized that there were certain activities not well suited to reading a print book—operating a motor vehicle, for instance—that took up a good portion of my time. Time I was spending NOT reading books, which is just a travesty. Audiobooks allow me to read MORE books than I could the traditional way, and I am all about that!

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Summer Reading begins Friday!

Summer Reading 2018

The launch of Metro Library's 2018 summer reading program, “Libraries Rock” begins Friday, June 1st. The program gives children, teens AND adults the opportunity to earn prizes while they read for fun and promote the importance of reading in our communities. The program launches June 1 and concludes July 31. Summer readers can track their reading progress and earn fine waivers, books, tote bags or cellphone accessories. There will also be prize drawings for Kindle Fires and iPads for participates who have an active Metro Library card. Prizes must be claimed by Aug. 15.

Participants can also select to donate their fine waivers and prize books to someone in need. This year the summer reading Read it Forward program will donate books to local non- profit organizations including Citizens Caring for Children, Faithworks of the Inner City, Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center and Sisu Youth Services. All summer reading book prizes are sponsored through the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.

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10 Must-Reads for Mom

ten books selected just for mom

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Or maybe you’re a mom looking for the perfect read? Check out some of these must-reads.

 

 

 

 

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LitFest 2018

Downtown library LitFest advertisment

Come join us at LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums and genres are welcome! The day's agenda includes topics such as diversity in publishing, making comics, branding, self-publishing, writing technique and more! We will also have a book fair and booths with local publishers, authors, and university writing programs.

Register now to receive a form to create your personalized session schedule. You will also have the opportunity to register for one-on-one manuscript critiques with 4RV Publishing. Read more and sign up on our website.

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Belle Isle Butterflies

Belle Isle Butterfly garden

The Belle Isle Library recently welcomed some very special new members to its property: beautiful monarch butterflies! The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is an incredible phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly to migrate two ways, as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can sleep through winter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when to travel south for the winter.

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Community Focus: Library has many options for Spanish speakers

Making History

Making History

Although I have a history degree and call myself a feminist, Women's History class was the hardest for me. Why? Because I thought our history could be summed up in one sentence: Women's lives sucked until the passage of the 19th amendment and then it got a little less sucky. But, was I wrong! I've since discovered countless stories of incredible women. Did you know one of the best WWII snipers was a Russian woman? Or realize a large female spy network was active in France during the war? Nor did I before diving into these books.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

It's been five years since Ready Player One swept through the book world, and the movie is landing this weekend. Virtual reality, gaming geekery, and 80's pop culture combined to make this book an instant classic for science fiction fans. Readers have been speculating if (and how) the movie will incorporate anywhere near the 350+ pop culture references from the book. Will the movie live up the hype?

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Consumer Watch: Saving big bucks by using the library

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