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Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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As the Cold War simmered on, the world’s two great powers–the democratic, capitalist United States and the communist Soviet Union–continued to find ways to antagonize one another. From setting up puppet regimes and engaging in proxy wars to practicing espionage and disseminating propaganda, both nations desperately sought to gain any sort of an edge in the pursuit of dominance. Beginning in the late 1950’s, the race to outer space would take on a central role in this struggle, with each side seeking to attain superiority in technology, military might and political prowess.

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Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017

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144 novels were submitted, the longlist of 13 was whittled down to the shortlist of six, and the winner was announced October 17. First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker is one of the leading prizes for literary fiction written in English. For most of its history, the prize was limited to the UK and Commonwealth, but the rules were changed in 2014 to expand to all English language novels published in the UK during the year.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

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The Nobel Prize in Literature is given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work rather than a single title. This year’s just announced recipient is British author Kazuo Ishiguro.  Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro moved to Surrey, England when he was 5 years old and was raised and educated there.  In a recent interview, he said he discovered his love for literature through the Sherlock Holmes stories he found at the library.  Yeah, libraries! Once again, we can take the credit for starting someone on the path to literary greatness.

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Let’s Get Dark and Twisted, Part 2

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Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon and a book series.

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Let’s Get Dark and Twisted, Part 1

lore podcast image

Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon starting on October 13, and a book series, the first of which was released on October 10.

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Zoinx!

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As a kid, I absolutely loved the Scooby-Doo cartoons. They were scary, but not too scary. There was lots of creepy stuff, but the monster always turned out to be just a guy in a costume, and everyone was fine in the end. It was silly and funny. There was a really smart girl who wore glasses. The color scheme was groovy. There were a lot of sandwiches. What’s not to love?

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Bread & Wine

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Who has ever hesitated to invite a friend over for a meal because of a dirty house, doubts about cooking, and performance anxiety? *raises hand* Inviting someone into our homes, even if they are a dear friend, can feel like more work than it’s worth. Wouldn’t it be easiest to go out to eat instead?

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I’ll Take Metadiscourse for $800, Alex

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It’s often been said (by me) that the hardest part of writing one of these blog posts is cranking out a good introductory paragraph. Ideally, it would introduce a theme that ties the whole list together. Depending on who’s writing, a joke might be cracked or a heartfelt sentiment shared. And then we would gracefully segue into the part where the books go. Anyway, here are some of the great things you can check out at the library!

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Surf & Moon

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Usually I’m really good at making all of my selections fit together, have a theme, or at least finding some sort of vague way to bind them together, but this time I’m really not sure what that is. Here we have three stories that seemingly have nothing in common. A story of a life spent surfing (and eventually writing) sounds like heaven to me, but to the author made him feel at times lost, because he had spent his life chasing waves instead of stability, family, and the comforts of home.

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Capitol Hill Grand Opening

invitation to the capitol hill grand opening

Join us on Thursday, October 5th at 3pm for the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Capitol Hill Library.

327 SW 27th | OKC | 73109

Grand Opening starts at 3pm followed by family fun festivities that continue throughout the week!

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