TAG: hoopla

She screams loudest: Women’s dystopian tales

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 27, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Susan Goertz For me, there is no question that dystopian author Philip K. Dick was a visionary. And interestingly, the physical appearance of his female characters tends to have a direct correlation to their level of intelligence (I’ll let you discover which way the correlation falls out). Reading his novels and stories for a […]

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Graphic novels with strong female characters

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Sometimes, when I find myself in the mood for an upbeat, quick read, I look to the library’s graphic novel sections. Traditional super-hero stories aren’t my cup of tea. I find myself drawn more to the stories that include strong, primary female characters. Luckily these days, there are quite a few great […]

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Hollywood vs. novel and short story: dystopian worlds written by Philip K. Dick

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz Dystopian fiction seems to be enjoying a renaissance right now, at least in my life. And over the years Hollywood has kept up with the appeal, feeding our insatiable appetite for basic human struggles set against the backdrop of social, political, and environmental collapse that keep us glued to the screen. I […]

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Traditional Irish music with Floating Crowbar

Posted in News on February 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley While I was growing up in North Carolina, my parents often spent Sunday afternoons listening to “Thistle and Shamrock,” a public radio program featuring Celtic music. I’d bring whatever book I was reading into the living room and curl up on the couch, to listen and read while my parents did whatever […]

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Dynamic audiobook performers

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 25, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner I understand that, as a librarian, I am expected to have piles upon piles of books throughout my house and be well versed in all types of literature. With that said, I have a confession to make: I have piles of half-read books around my house. As a full-time working mom of […]

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Kids music for road trips

Posted in Explore and Discover, Parents and Teachers on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Summer has arrived, and with it comes more time spent in the car. At least, that’s the case for my family. Whether it’s driving to swim lessons or taking a road trip, music can be a great way to make time in the car more fun. Of course, if you have the […]

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Music and conspiracy theories: a primer

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Brian Vander Veen Sometime during the tail-end of the 80s, my middle-school youth group made us watch a grainy VHS documentary about the evils of contemporary music. The presenter played samples of music that, slowed down and backwards, might have sounded vaguely like blasphemous utterings. He picked apart various band names and album covers, […]

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Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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Hoopla for kids

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on March 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Welcome to the tail end of winter—one of the worst times of the year for parents living in cold climates. If your family is anything like mine, you’re all starting to feel a little bit stir crazy. Visiting the library to pick out new-to-you books and DVDs can be a great way […]

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Watch and read: If you like Star Wars…

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on January 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson Eighteen months—we have to wait 18 months to find out what happens next! I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. I think I’ll just curl up under my desk for the next little bit. I may also cry a little. Don’t judge me too harshly. Like a couple million other people, I […]

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