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Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

I love Man Booker Prize books!

It's that time again!  The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2014 was announced on Tuesday.  I still have not yet read all of the shortlisted nominations from last year (yes, I know, it's terrible, please don't tell anyone), and here are all these new, wonderful selections - I really need to get cracking!

Plaza Voices: the Art of Ikebana

Still from Case Drury's video "Seiko"

Check out this beautiful video from Case Drury, featuring ikebana artist Seiko Yoshikawa sharing her skills in the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Your First Time

Pink

Do you remember your first time? 

Keegan, age 22, remembers. "I was new to the neighborhood. It didn't take any time at all!" Zac, age 31, also remembers. "My Mom held my hand through the whole thing!" Toby, age 52, just smiles. "I remember being so happy!" 

Plaza Voices: 100 Questions

Cover of Learn About the United States, an audiobook available through DPL

You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.

The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire!

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

Plaza Voices: Noodling Around

Picante Beef Flavor Top Ramen

When you think of "fusion cuisine," Top Ramen may not be what comes to mind. But a recent blog post by National Public Radio's Linda Poon has opened my eyes. Ramen, as one of her sources notes, is a platform food--just about anything can be built upon it.

Two Literary Lords Turn 60

Lords anniversary display

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of two modern literary classics, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

My Dog Gandhi

Izzy and Lenore

I have a completely deaf and half blind dog named Gandhi. We named him Gandhi because after naming our cat Fang, we are firm believers in giving our animals good-natured names. We also have a Scottie named Tonks and a Westie named Lassie who serve as Gandhi's guide dogs.

Eisner Awards--Celebrating Graphic Format Books

Saga

The 26th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were given out on July 25 At San Diego Comic Con International. Awards were given out in 30 categories to works published in 2013, celebrating the best of the comics world.

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