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  • Clockworks
    Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Librarian Chris examines the history of humanity's attempts to understand and bring order to the natural world from Archimedes' Principle to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.

  • Clipper ship
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    History blogger Chris goes down to the sea in ships to bring you the best titles on the importance of Earth's oceans in the history of mankind.

  • Battle of Agincourt
    Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016

    Even though the arrow of time travels in only one direction, our vision often improves the further away we are from the events of our past. Librarian Chris has put together a great list of new arrivals to the history collection that provide revealing new looks into the past. 

  • Union Jack
    Posted on: Friday, June 24, 2016

    Trying to make sense of the "Brexit" vote? Wonder how the momentous shift in European politics will affect the United States? Or are you excited at the possibility of a reduction corgi prices? Either way our resident unofficial ambassador for Britain, Librarian Gloria, has a quick guide to get you up to speed on "Brexit".


  • Muhammad Ali in 1966
    Posted on: Monday, June 06, 2016

    A force to reckon with both in the ring and out, Muhammad Ali was a great boxer but also a man who broke barriers, limits and societal constraints. Circ Clerk Reagan finds inspiration in perhaps America's most iconic, yet controversial hero.

  • Violinists
    Posted on: Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    The largest poll taken concerning classical music is the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame. Every January the British radio station asks its listeners to write in their favorite three pieces of music. The thousands of votes are tallied and revealed every spring. This would seem to be a debate-ending list. One could settle the age old argument of whose music is best by simply looking at the ranking.

  • Map artwork
    Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Since the first moment humans began to draw lines connecting one point to another, maps have assumed a role as one of the most essential tools of communication. Telling us where we’ve been and where we’re going, these works can act as windows into the stories of our past. Librarian Chris has a few selections tracing the origins of mapmaking as chronicles of human ingenuity, creativity and history.



  • Tchaikovsky and Brahms
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

    Tupac and Biggie. Blur and Oasis. Who doesn't love a fierce musical grudge match? Our musical maven Breck has the tale of 19th century rivalry between classical giants Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Johannes Brahms in this month's Libretto blog.

  • Ralph Ellison
    Posted on: Monday, May 02, 2016

    Ralph Ellison loved his library. He loved the public library as a child, and he loved the one that was named in his honor some fifty years later.

  • New York at night
    Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    “The shape of a city, as we all know, changes more quickly than the mortal heart,” and every city has its own story, each intriguing in its own right. Librarian Chris has found tales of four cities chronicling the development of the world’s greatest municipalities through the centuries.


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