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Take a Vacation in a Book!

It's been cold and dreary lately. Very cold and dreary. With travel at best logistically complicated and at worst deadly, I'm stuck daydreaming of beaches for now. If you'd like a little winter getaway someplace warm (but only in your mind!) I have some ideas that may help. First up, Shipped by Angie Hockman. Its heroine Henley works for [...]

By |2021-02-22T17:01:03-05:00February 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Romantic reads with Black protagonists

February is Black History Month, a time I like to highlight Black voices. Many time this means activists, inventors, and civil rights leaders doing important work, but Black history isn't solely the struggle. Black lives also contain joy, and it's in the pursuit of that joy and in honor of Valentine's Day, our most romantic [...]

By |2021-02-10T10:29:11-05:00February 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Virtual Trivia Nights

  The last Tuesday night of each month is Virtual Trivia Night.  On February 23 at 7 PM we'll have Marvel Trivia, mainly focusing on the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Join us for a fast-paced trivia contest using Zoom and Kahoot with a $10 Amazon gift card for the winner.  Kahoot is a [...]

By |2021-01-21T15:00:46-05:00February 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do You Have a Favorite Audiobook Narrator?

If you're someone who listens to audiobooks, do you ever pay attention to who the narrator or performer is?  Sometimes an author will narrate their own audiobook, and sometimes for bigger releases, there may be a whole cast who performs the audiobook.  But if you listen to enough audiobooks, you start to develop a taste [...]

By |2021-02-01T14:50:08-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Looking for something funny?

Did you know January 24th was Global Belly Laugh Day? I didn't either! But after the year we've had, I think a lot of us could use a laugh. So, here is a booklist to get some needed laughter into your life. Bill Bryson has a decades-long career as a successful writer, and reading The [...]

By |2021-01-27T11:45:55-05:00January 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz 2021

Yesterday, the 2021 Youth Media Award winners were announced by the American Library Association! You may be most familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, but there are many more and you can see the complete list of winners and honor books here. I want to extend a big congratulations to the winners. If you're [...]

By |2021-01-25T12:48:11-05:00January 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joe Biden’s Connection to New Albany

With tomorrow being inauguration day, we thought this might be a good time to take a look at Joe Biden's connection to New Albany, Indiana.  So far as I know, he has never visited New Albany, but his great grandmother did.  His great great uncles lived here.  Beth Day Nolan, a former Indiana Room staff [...]

By |2021-01-19T12:55:50-05:00January 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|2 Comments