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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.

Not Your Average Bowl: Snacks, Soup and Salads

100 Calorie Snack Cookbook

Set yourself apart from the crowd this Super Bowl Sunday by choosing to snack smarter. The LA Times reports that on average every viewer watching the game will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat. Check out these great cookbooks with healthy recipes for snacks, appetizers, soups and salads. Your Home Team will cheer for leading them to a win with these great recipes.

Educations of Wandering Men

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour

Encouraged by Louis L'Amour's call to become a "wandering reader," I discovered three titles that offer adventure and the kinship of wonderful storytellers.

At the age of 15, L'Amour left school and made the world his classroom. In Education of A Wandering Man, he shares, "The greatest gift anyone can give to another is the desire to know, to understand...Life is for delving, discovering, learning."

Celebrate No Name-Calling Week!

No Name-Calling Week

Anyone who has ever been called a name knows that words can hurt. Children and adults can put an end to bullying and name calling by talking openly and honestly about this behavior and ways to handle these difficult situations.

Books for Kids:

Books for Adults:

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