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News, reviews, and ideas you can use from librarians and library staff at RPL

On Millennials, Minimalism, Self-Sufficiency… and Library Use

Posted about 3 years ago by Jonah Butler
Two of the biggest trends among Millennials in 2017 are de-cluttering our lives (thanks in part to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) and becoming more self-sufficient as […]
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Tiny and Terrific: A long list of short books

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
Looking at your 2017 reading goal got you all… Not to worry. Time to get minimal. Down-size your life. Tiny houses are all the rage, you know? What kind of […]
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Windy City Report

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Dispatch from Robert @ Westover Hills: Back from my terrific trip to the 53rd Chicago Film Festival and I think the best overall slate (13 films in 4 days!) I […]
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A different kind of haunting

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Two of the best books I’ve read this year will haunt me for a long time: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann “History, is a merciless judge.” This […]
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The tale of the haunted book blog

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Get ready to be skeered right out of your pants, dear readers. The faint of heart should look away as we present to you our best fearsome October recommendations, complete […]
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Meet Authors: Earn Extra Credit by A. B. Westrick

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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What’s it like to work as a bartender? Are you still teaching yoga? Will your travels to Ireland find a place in your next novel? Why’d you drop the research […]
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Meanwhile…comics, heroes, & origin stories

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
I was compelled by otherworldly forces to come up with a list of read-alikes inspired by a recent favorite: Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim. The narrative shifts between a couple […]
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Reading to meet new and interesting trees

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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It occurred to me recently that I should be keeping track of the trees I encounter, often before leaving the first page, while reading a novel. A strong visual and […]
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Literary Travels: Minneapolis and points north

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Virginia is hot as blazes in July so why not take a literal, or at least literary, journey to a cooler place? You don’t have to leave to get the […]
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A Book Worth Finishing

Posted about 3 years ago by Jonah Butler
Not long ago Goodread put out an infographic about finishing books. In their survey they discovered that somewhere around 38% of people who read will finish a book no matter […]
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