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Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

Plaza Voices: Tight-Knit

Photo of hands knitting (Creative Commons).

Jennifer Duddy Gill, a Plaza staff member, writes:

When I was about eight years old my mother taught me how to knit. I was amazed that using two wooden sticks to make loops with string could create fabric that I could actually use for something. Creating something from almost nothing was both surprising and gratifying to me.

The Fault in Our Stars: Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars book cover

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In this video, Mary reviews a Young Adult novel written by author John Green:


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The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

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In this video, Mary reviews a novel written in verse by author Andrea Davis Pinkney:


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Myofascial Trigger Points: A Real Pain in the Neck

During his presidency, John F. Kennedy suffered from nearly debilitating pain that almost ended his political career. He turned to Dr. Janet G. Travell, pioneer researcher of the concept of myofascial trigger points, a chronic pain disorder caused by pressure on sensitive points in your muscles that results in "referred" pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

Plaza Voices: the Language of Food

Platter of sushi

Helen M., a Plaza staff member, writes:

Food. Food! Who doesn’t enjoy talking about what she ate for dinner last evening? Whose mouth doesn’t start watering at the mention of a favorite dish his Mom prepared?

November is National Picture Book Month!

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

It’s November, which means that readers and children’s book lovers around the country are celebrating National Picture Book Month. It is a celebration of print picture books, but it is also an international initiative to promote literacy and reading. Here at the library, we decided to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite picture books and why we love them.

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. 

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