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Librarian, Roland Park Branch
Born and raised in Ohio, Brian has worked in libraries and bookstores, making his way from shelver to manager and back again in both fields. He graduated with a MA in History and a MLIS in Library Science from Kent State University. He is a habitual founder of and participant in book clubs and currently operates a Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club called Other Worlds and a Nonfiction Book Club called Armchair Adventurers. Giving up all pretensions of coolness early in life, he has devoted himself to becoming a master of the "Dorkly Arts". Inspired by Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, he has recently rediscovered a love of hats that started at age 3 when he daringly paired a Gunsmoke Marshal Dillon hat with red footie pajamas.
- Whirlwind 'Spring Fling' at Roland Park Branch
For two weeks this March, the students who frequent the Roland Park Branch got to experience several fun activities as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s annual "Spring Fling." ...more
- Upcoming Book Discussions and Programs: The Value of Open Spaces
The Roland Park Branch, in collaboration with the Open Space Campaign for Greater Roland Park, is hosting a three-part book discussion series this winter and spring. The books in this series were chosen ...more
- Santa Librarian's Top 10 Naughty Holiday Picks
Santa Librarian, among many other things, is a fan of Norse mythology. When Baldur, the Norse god of truth and light, was born, his mother, Frigg, made every single thing promise to never harm Baldur. ...more
- Politics Not As Usual: My Top Ten Favorite Political Films
What is the cure for too much politics? Why more politics, of course! Or at least some really great films about politics. With the recently-released "Lincoln" and "Argo" playing at your local multiplex, ...more
- Avast! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy! Did you know that September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Aye! You didn’t know there was such a thing as Talk Like a Pirate Day? Believe it or not, there’s pretty much a day to celebrate ...more
- The Dark K(Night): On Hope and Tragedy
Seventy years ago, in an American city not much different from our own, a young family of three walked down the wrong street known as Crime Alley, and history was changed forever. Minutes after seeing ...more
- Librarians Between the Covers...of Books!
This past Saturday, we held our first ever live “What Do I Read Next?” event at the Central Library to kick off our 2012 Adult Summer Reading Program. People in the audience shared the latest titles they ...more