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  • Great Escapes: Ten Book Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 6/27/2015
    Escape the ordinary! That’s what the participants in our Adult Summer Reading Program are doing. Here are some of their extraordinary reads:Pat F. (Central Library) on The Secret History of Fantasy, edited ...more
  • Books That Did Not 'Bohr' Them: Final Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/13/2014
    As Einstein said, time sure can fly! It's hard to believe that Literary Elements, the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, is over. Here's one last sampling of reviews from our terrific participants:Ryan ...more
  • Natural Reactions: Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/13/2014
    It may not be rocket science, but there’s an explosion of interest every time a participant in the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Literary Elements,” enjoys a good read. Here are examples:Mart K. (Central ...more
  • Good Chemistry: More Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/1/2014
    There has been definite chemistry between certain participants in Literary Elements, our Adult Summer Reading program, and certain books! Here are examples:Joanne S. (Central Library) on The Double Game ...more
  • Eureka! More Reviews From The Adult Summer Reading Program
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/13/2014
    Here are some more wonderful reviews from participants in Literary Elements, the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program: Heather T. (Central Library) on Unending Devotion on Jody Hedlund:"I love period pieces ...more
  • Elementary, My Dear Reader! Reviews From The Adult Summer Reading Program
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/11/2014
    The game is afoot! Ever since the start of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, "Literary Elements," participants have tracked down all sorts of exciting reads. Here are some reviews:Taylor M. (Central ...more
  • A Stitch in Time: Replicating the Star-Spangled Banner
    By Diana Geis
    Last Edited on 8/30/2013
    In early July of 1813, Mary Pickersgill signed the contract and began creating the flag that would be raised over Fort McHenry and inspire Francis Scott Key to compose the words to our national anthem, ...more
  • 9 True Tales of Adventure for Wrapping up Summer
    By Claire Wang
    Posted on 8/27/2013
    Although the summer is winding down, many people are squeezing in one more road trip or vacation, as evidenced by Pratt Library customers who continue to peruse the Central Library’s extensive collection ...more
  • 9 Favorite Dragon Books, or Why I Read Fantasy
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 8/23/2013
    In recent weeks, I’ve had several people tell me that they don’t like reading fantasy books. Since fantasy is the main genre that I read and enjoy, I naturally had a question for these people: "If you ...more
  • Follow the Reader: 14 More Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/21/2013
    They read widely, they read eagerly, and they read with care. Here are 14 more insightful reviews from participants in the Groundbreaking Reads summer reading program. ...more
  • Outside of a Dog: 14 More Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/14/2013
    "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend," Groucho Marx supposedly said. "Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Here are some books that were friends to 2013 adult summer reading participan ...more
  • 10 More Book Reviews from the Branches
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 8/6/2013
    Summer reading has ended, but where did your summer reads take you this summer? Maybe it was Tokyo or France. Who did you meet? Ruth from the Bible or just a new appreciation for the loved ones in your ...more
  • Audiobooks For The Whole Family
    By Lucie Ferguson
    Last Edited on 8/2/2013
    This summer I received a tricky question at the reference desk: "We're going on a road trip—do you have any audiobooks that everyone in my family will like?" ...more
  • The Last Hurrah: 13 More Reviews from Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/5/2013
    It's the last hurrah! Groundbreaking Reads, the 2013 adult summer reading program, ends August 3, but there's still time to join the fun—and time to enjoy some sparkling reviews from participants: ...more
  • Stay Chill by Exploring Cool Books
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 7/31/2013
    What are some tricks you use for beating the Baltimore heat? If we were all Tibetan monks, we might engage in Tum-mo meditation in order to possibly find relief from extreme weather conditions. In a similar ...more
  • I Know What You Read This Summer: 13 Book Reviews from Staff
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/5/2013
    I know what you read this summer... maybe! To be precise, I know what you read if you participated in our Groundbreaking Reads summer program and if your entries landed in the pile I perused. If you were ...more
  • Seven Books for Exploring Nature
    By Lucie Ferguson
    Last Edited on 7/3/2013
    Staying in the city this summer? You can still enjoy the great outdoors with books that will help you lose yourself in the wilds of America through pictures and riveting stories. Pop a tent in your backyard ...more
  • From Portnoy to Ishmael: 12 More Reviews from the Central Library's Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/5/2013
    Summertime, and the living is easy at the Pratt Library. I don't know whether fish are jumping—the ones in the fishpond at the Central Library usually look sleepy to me—but the piles of appealing books ...more
  • A Summertime Read: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Posted on 6/28/2013
    Imagine a future when love is classified as a disease by the government. Deemed too dangerous to allow people to suffer the devastating effects of amor deliria nervosa, all eighteen-year-olds are required ...more
  • Book Recommendations: Pride for All Ages
    By Stephanie Jarvais
    Last Edited on 7/16/2013
    Every year in the month of June, Pride Month is celebrated throughout the country. The way places and people celebrate varies, but many cities include a parade and a weekend dedicated to celebrating the ...more
  • A Good Short Story Is Not Hard to Find: One Librarian's Favorites
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 5/23/2013
    Don't call me Ishmael—not today. Today, in honor of National Short Story Month, I'm celebrating fictional works that don't resemble great white whales. Today I'm celebrating fiction that's leaner, more ...more
  • Bicycles in Bloom
    by Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 4/4/2013
    Well, it’s spring time, and for many people it’s time to dust off the old bicycle and hit the road for some jovial jaunts and freewheeling flings. But before you hop on your bicycle and start peddling ...more
  • March is almost over, but... Winter is Coming!
    By Lara Spahr
    Posted on 3/20/2013
    "I can't wait to see how they film the Red Wedding." ...more
  • Hobo Signs & Traveling the Meandering Path
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 3/11/2013
    I am not too sure of when I had my first taste of wanderlust, but I can recall reading Jack London and Jack Kerouac during my formative years, and feeling the itch for the open road. Either way, here I ...more
  • From the Stacks: the Works of Andrew Zuckerman
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 3/7/2013
    One of the interesting facets of working in a library is the opportunity to discover fascinating books in the stacks. It can be any number of things about a book that initially attract attention, including ...more
  • Series vs. Stand-alone: The Great Reading Debate
    By Meredith Veatch
    Posted on 3/4/2013
    I can never decide what I like to read better-a series, or a stand-alone book. There are perks and problems with each. My favorite thing about a stand-alone book is that there’s no waiting. You read it, ...more
  • History: Jane Austen in Bath
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/14/2013
    Family lore holds that Jane Austen learned of her parents’ decision to leave their home and move to Bath with this abrupt announcement. Since Jane Austen set two of her novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) ...more
  • Gathering the Sons, Daughters, and Enthusiasts of Erin
    Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/4/2013
    Recently, the New York Times released their 46 recommended travel destinations for 2013. At first glance, the featured activities on this list are as varied as the locations in question. Descriptions boast ...more
  • The Magic of Lloyd Alexander
    Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 1/3/2013
    When I think of my favorite book characters, Vesper Holly from the Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander immediately comes to mind. I always admired Vesper Holly for being so much cooler than me. She ...more
  • Keeping Our Library Relevant in 2013
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 1/2/2013
    It is no secret that the world is changing daily at a pace never before seen in history. Librarians, authors, journalists, and academics and have been engaging in public discourse for years on the best ...more
  • Santa Librarian’s Top 10 Nice Holiday Picks
    By Cindy Kleback
    Last Edited on 12/17/2012
    Our good friend, the jolly ol’ Santa Librarian, was chilling (literally) at the North Pole Public Library and decided to put together a list of books and movies to recommend to his favorite library friends ...more
  • Santa Librarian's Top 10 Naughty Holiday Picks
    By Brian DeLuca
    Last Edited on 12/17/2012
    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



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