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Summertime Rocks, and Rolls

Thinking about my teenage summertime always brings back memories of hiding inside on too hot summer days watching the bright, poppy, candy-colored, wild-eyed, music videos on MTV of the late 1980s and 90s. It brings back memories of David Lee Roth, leading tourists to a beach full of highly tanned bikini girls, and draining out whatever last tiny bit of innocence that the Beach Boys had put into their hit song, California Girls.

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The New Bethany Library: Getting Framed in!

   

NYT's “Caliphate” Podcast Reading List – Part 1

The New York Times dropped a 10 episode podcast in March by Rukmini Calimachi, a respected journalist who reports on ISIS. “Caliphate” has skyrocketed in popularity and now boasts millions of listeners each week.

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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

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