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  • Posted on: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Biography Reference Center is a collection of full-text biographies on notable personalities from around the world, including actors, authors, world leaders, inventors and much, much more.

  • Gandolf the Grey lego
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    It was recently announced that there will be a prequel TV series for the Lord of the Rings. Some people are saying that this is going to be the next cult TV sensation. We all know that Tolkien helped pioneer the fantasy genre, but when it comes to TV, Game of Thrones is the original. With the final season airing in 2019 and then spin-off series already in the works, it is highly unlikely anyone can compete with the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones. What do you think? Is the Lord of the Rings fandom big enough to make the new series an instant success or do you think that Game of Thrones is unstoppable? No matter which side you fall on, we all have a long wait before either show puts out new content.

  • girl in yellow coat reading an hoopla ebook
    Posted on: Friday, January 05, 2018

    Have you heard the hubbub about hoopla? One of the newest additions to the Metropolitan Library System family, hoopla is your one-stop-shop for everything digital! From audiobooks to movies, hoopla has it all, and you get six free downloads each month, thanks to your library card.

    Not sure where to start? Check out some of these popular eBooks, and explore all that hoopla has to offer.

  • individual reading a book in a park
    Posted on: Thursday, December 21, 2017

    Practically all my life, I’ve carried a book with me at all times. I read everywhere. I scoff at people who say they “don’t have time to read.” Oh yeah? What do you do in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, in line at the supermarket, on breaks at work, and at stoplights? For the true reader, there is ALWAYS time to read.

  • Golden Globes yard signs
    Posted on: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    The Golden Globe nominations are out, and the winners will be announced January 7th. As usual, there are many literary adaptations for us to explore, beginning with two films in the “best motion picture” categories.

  • Posted on: Monday, October 30, 2017

    October and fall are two of my favorite things. It is the season of all things monster, horror, and paranormal. So I’ve pulled together a list of 31 titles for all of you guys and ghouls! Some are scary, some are classics, and some are something else entirely; but they are all monster-rific!

  • stranger things logo
    Posted on: Friday, October 27, 2017

    Someone recently asked me this: "If you could choose any category to play in Jeopardy, what would it be?" My immediate answer: "80s pop culture, please!" To me, the 80s were a wonderful and awkward decade of perms, mullets, "mom jeans," and wood paneling, alongside some of the best films, books, music, and art.

  • Man Booker Prize logo
    Posted on: Thursday, October 19, 2017

    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.

  • Kazuo Ishiguro image provided by Wikicommons
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    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!

  • girl levitating
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

    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.

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