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reading, not rocking

Does everybody dream of Rock Stardom at some point in their life? I cannot count the number of "taking the school by storm and blowing everyone away" talent show fantasies I had as a teenager, and to this day I wonder what could have been had I learned how to play guitar instead of the piano. It is on days like this that I decide to live vicariously through others by throwing on some of my favorite music and reading about my favorite bands instead.

There is something quite satisfying in reading about lives completely unlike your own: lives you will never lead, but are curious about anyway. Not only that - it is pretty fun to read about the origins of your favorite band, or about some debauchery you either have never experienced or have put far behind you. Read one of these rock biographies and experience some secondary musical inspiration.

 

Presidential Fiction

Abraham Lincoln continues to enthrall writers, readers and historians. Lincoln once said, "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Have you read these fictionalized accounts of Lincoln's extraordinary life?

Tool Crush

Digital Library Assistant

If you work for a living, chances are you have a work tool you fancy. The Digital Library Assistant, DLA for short, is my new work crush.

Weighing only 25 oz (including battery), the DLA helps my colleagues and I shelf-read the book stacks, automatically comparing what is on the shelf to an electronic copy of the library's inventory. I learn several things with a wave of the DLA and marvel at the time savings. The DLA is the right tool for my job.

The library has several interesting books about tools and technology whether you're a collector or worker bee.  Here are a few sample titles:

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Born today in 1954, Matt Groening is the creator of the television series The Simpsons and Futurama. Groening's first published works were cartoons called Life is Hell and were about a pair of anthropomorphic rabbits named Akbar and Jeff.

The popularity of Life is Hell led to the creation of The Simpsons. The Simpsons debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.

My Frugal Valentine

Valentine's Kiss

Not sure what to do for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? You don't have to spend a lot of money to show you care. ...Let me count the ways...

Off Kilter Romance

Ah, the day of LOVE has arrived, looming over our collective heads. Are you in love? Out of love? Don't believe in Love? Some of these books might convince you otherwise, while others will just reaffirm that belief.

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament: This is truly an off-kilter love story, believe it or not Zombies are alive and well, if not breathing, at least falling in love. If you haven't read this quirky zombie novel pick it up and devour it today. A whole new take on what it means to be a zombie and in love.

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln

With My Face to the Enemy

In Honor of President Lincoln's birthday, we're offering a podcast of the Gettysburg Address recorded by DPL staff member David Johnson. While you're listening, check out these books about Lincoln....

Winter Blues and Wanderlust

525 Best Beaches

Dreams of travel seem to work just as well as garden and seed catalogs to fight the winter blues. There are so many travel guidebooks filled with tempting text and inviting images, most themed by location, but some themed by type of activity or area of interest. Here’s a list of the big guidebook series as well as a few other titles to help get you through the next cold front...and maybe even plan a trip.

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: The Rough Guide to the World

Fodor's 535 Best Beaches: In the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico


AAA Road Atlas 2011: Canada, United States, Mexico: Travel with Someone You Trust

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

Book to Movie News: The Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards airs on February 27, 2011. Who are your favorites to bring home the Oscar? Many of this year's nominated films are based on books! Do you prefer to read the book before or after the movie?

  • Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan is the basis for the film The Town, nominated for Best Picture.
  • War by Sebastian Junger is the basis for the film Restrepo, nominated for Best Documentary.
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