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Breathe-in experience,
breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Walk into any library and you may come face-to-face with a dancer, painter, weaver, writer - who may also be a father, sister, auntie or brother. And just like the creative customers we serve, library staff tap artistic media to share their experiences. For example, listen to the staff poets below.

novella /noʊˈvɛlə/

Literary Lingo

The Oxford English Dictionary notes the term novella is derived from the Italian novella originally a short fictitious narrativeBut the novella is not short on popularity.

Film Anniversary

Your favorite film may be older than you think. Recently a customer exclaimed, "I wasn't even born!" after learning Tim Burton's Batman was released in 1989. But so were two other films borrowed at the same time - The Little Mermaid and Field of Dreams.

Intrigued, I did a little research and discovered a few of my favorites were also playing in movie theaters 25 years ago.

The Dinner Party

Panel from The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago

An invitation to the table is a sign of inclusion and ultimately, power. If you were relegated to the kid's table during family events, you know what I am talking about. Not all tables are created equal.

A Cockatiel Christmas

Bette Midler

When do you start playing Christmas music? In my home, it's the day after Thanksgiving when KEZW Studio 1430 AM begins an aural orgy of holiday fare. I discovered 1430 when I was "gifted" a cranky cockatiel. Let's call him Pierre.

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Book Discovery: IMDb

Image from Prince of the Universe Wordpress Blog June 2013

The Internet Movie database or IMDb is a key discovery tool for movies, t.v. shows and even soundtracks! If you are a star-struck fan or riveted by closing credits (you know who you are), IMDb is a 24/7 information wonderland. 

Your First Time


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!" 

Kilt Tease

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!

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