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Mindfulness: It's Not What You Think

Water drop photo by fox_kiyo

Mindfulness seems to be on everyone's, well, minds lately. You may have heard it discussed in relation to business, health, or relationships. But what is it exactly?

The Origins of Our Digital Universe

When, exactly, did our digital world arise? For many, the advent of social media might first come to mind. How about the birth of the internet? Or maybe the first PCs? Each of these technological developments have certainly been revolutionary, but George Dyson, in his book Turing’s Cathedral, argues that the framework for modern computers and the digital age was actually constructed long before any of these phenomena.

Questions! Questions! Who has a Question?

Book cover for Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

At the Children’s Library we love to answer questions. The tougher the nut, the more fun we have trying to crack it. Recently, we had a very specific request from a customer that really challenged our grey cells.

Frigid and Frightening Fiction

Midwinter Blood

Winter is here, having come on like the resounding snap of a frozen twig, shooting through the silence of a freezing landscape. It drifted in after surrounding and defeating late fall with little more than a thrash of wind whipped leaves. Winter is here. And I am cold.

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.

Plaza Voices: New Refugee/Parole Program Announced

Cover of Enrique's Journey, available through DPL

The 2006 book "Enrique's Journey," based on author Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy as he travels alone across Mexico, trying to reach the United States in search of his mother.

Book Discovery: Baby, It's Cold in Space

As the weather starts to chill and snow starts to fall I get the unavoidable desire to delve into the desolate and far colder realm of outer space.

Music Memoirs and Air Guitars

Lita Ford

So I’ve had this vision. It’s of Bill and Ted, grown older – maybe a little wiser. They have jobs and families, expanding waist lines and thinning hair. But still, when they encounter something that is most excellent, something that rejuvenates them and makes them feel alive, even if for just a moment, they discreetly lean back and play a wicked air guitar. It’s not quite as loud as we all remember; it’s not quite as fast. But it is as necessary as ever – maybe more necessary now than it’s ever been. It’s a reminder that hey hey, my my, rock & roll can never die.   

Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

Creepy dolls

What is it about dolls?  Everyone has a scary or creepy doll story... or a grandmother who has a creepy doll... something.  

Book Discovery: Novelist

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

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