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How to Keep Up with Image Comics’ Booming Worlds!

Image Comics, a popular indie comic publisher, is known for its creative license. Their vast range includes wonderfully different, wildly successful stories such as "[The Walking Dead][1]" and "[Saga][2]." When you walk up into Astrokitty Comics @ Game Nut on Mass Street, you’ll find that the back ... Continue reading

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Your local health spot in 2017

At the turn of each new year, I try not to make resolutions. I avoid them. I really do. Instead, I think about the clean slate that a new year brings — the fresh opportunities to try something different, to improve in so many ways, or to ... Continue reading

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The sorry state we’re in

A few months ago I was invited to be a guest at the “sneak peek” of [Harriet Lerner’s TEDxKC talk][1] for her upcoming book "Why Won’t You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts." Lerner had made a huge impact in my life with her 1998 book ... Continue reading

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Two new books look into “The Hidden Life of Trees”

When you visit the library, do you have something of an agenda and head for a particular section, or are you more of a browser, embracing serendipity and wandering from one area to another? When you go for a walk, do you aim for a certain place, ... Continue reading

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Books on our radar for 2017

A new year means new books! Last year, we [compiled a list][1] of highly-anticipated titles in both fiction and nonfiction for adults. These were the hyped super-faves for the 2016 publishing world, and they were a lot of fun to write about. This year, however, we’ve decided ... Continue reading

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Studio Ghibli’s less-celebrated master

When I think of the famous Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, several things come to mind: fantastic worlds, brave young female protagonists, nuanced antagonists, and a certain giant gray bear-rabbit spirit named Totoro. I also think of a man named Hayao Miyazaki. In large measure, Hayao Miyazaki ... Continue reading

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“Yuri On Ice!!!” and the wide world of sports anime

This October, the anime series "[Yuri On Ice!!!][1]," made its debut and has since taken the internet by storm. It begins with “a dime-a-dozen Japanese figure skater,” Katsuki Yuri, who struggles with anxiety and self-confidence issues. Following a defeat at the Grand Prix Final and the eventual ... Continue reading

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Everyone’s favorite TV mom: Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore)

When I was in high school, my mom and I had a tradition of watching every marathon and every new episode of "[Gilmore Girls][1]" together, without fail. Growing up, all of my siblings had left the house once I was a teenager, and it was just my ... Continue reading

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Angélique Kidjo, a joyful and empowering advocate

Charismatic singer-songwriter and human rights advocate Angélique Kidjo is an energetic powerhouse. She creates world-renowned, eclectic, genre-complex music and works diligently to empower others. She has championed empowerment as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002. In 2007 she co-founded the [Batonga Foundation][1], which supports girls' education in ... Continue reading

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Two books to suss out your ‘truthiness’

First, two definitions: **Post-truth**: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” **Truthiness**: “Believing something that feels true, even if it isn't supported by fact.” Quick: conjure the zeitgeist with a single ... Continue reading

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Bibliobominable: Winter reading for young yetis

Ah, winter. The trees are bare, a chill is in the air, and I’ve got all the classic picture books of the season stacked beside my kids’ beds. We could read my own childhood favorite, Ezra Jack Keats’ iconic "[The Snowy Day][1]." Or there’s Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s ... Continue reading

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Introducing the Squad Goals Reading Challenge

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I love a reading challenge. Whether I’m searching for a book set in my home state or one with nonhuman characters, one with a color in the title or one that’s becoming a movie this year, if you give ... Continue reading

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The best books of 2016

Let’s be honest, 2016 has been kind of a hot mess. Between so many celebrity deaths (David Bowie, Sharon Jones, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel) and some, uh, general upheaval, most people are ready to write this one off as a loss. But! As much ... Continue reading

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YA backlist: “Reality Boy” by A.S. King

I’m not ashamed to admit young adult lit dominated my reading list this year. It’s partly because I get to order books for the library’s teen collection—but also because YA books are awesome. Yeah, awesome. Books for teens have gotten so much more diverse, so much more ... Continue reading

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Queer adventures in romance

Every year, I try to challenge myself to diversify my reading. Whether it’s exploring a new genre or delving into books written by authors of color, part of what I love most about reading is seeing the world from a new perspective or gaining a greater understanding ... Continue reading

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Too S.A.D. to read: when winter hits your shelf

As someone who has no kids and no television, I read a lot — during my lunch hour, after work with a beer, at a coffee shop, waiting in line. In fact, my boss and I have a segment on our podcast called “We can’t always be ... Continue reading

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A Reflection on Zadie Smith, 15 Years in the Making

[Nota Bene: What I have attempted below is most likely better left to academics and others better suited to pontificate upon Zadie Smith and "[White Teeth][1]," her critically-acclaimed debut novel, but oh well, here goes…] In celebration of Zadie Smith’s [December 1st visit to Lawrence][2] — thanks ... Continue reading

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A librarian’s search for meaning

> “He who has a why to live for can bear > almost any how.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Two days after the election, I was in New York for business, and I found myself roaming the streets of Brooklyn. Everywhere I went, people seemed to be trying to ... Continue reading

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The Books of Temporal Turn

The Spencer Museum of Art recently underwent a transformative renovation that lasted eighteen months and celebrated with a grand re-opening weekend in October. This reinvigoration was more than cosmetic; it was necessary. The museum upgraded nearly 30,000 square feet —further details can be found on [the museum's ... Continue reading

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Total Boox: a sampler’s delight

After a recent flight reminded me of how terrible it is to travel with my circa-2011 laptop, I took the plunge and bought myself a basic tablet. As tablets go, it’s not particularly powerful, but it doesn’t weigh upwards of 10 pounds, and the battery doesn’t fall ... Continue reading

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