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Road trip!

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Are you feeling boxed in? Cooped up? Tired of staring at the same four walls (ok, three walls and a screen)? Well, it might just be time to have an adventure. Let’s go on a road trip! Of course, we’ll want to pick up some music and some books and some gadgets to play with in the back seat. First stop: the library!

 

 

 

 

 

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Charting a Map to the Past

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Since the first moment humans began to draw lines connecting one point to another, maps have assumed a role as one of the most essential tools of communication. Telling us where we’ve been and where we’re going, these works can act as windows into the stories of our past. Librarian Chris has a few selections tracing the origins of mapmaking as chronicles of human ingenuity, creativity and history.

 

 

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Saving Grace

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Every once in awhile an old friend of mine comes to visit. I like to pretend she is in visiting from someplace dreamy and creative, gloomy yet beautiful (that kind of beauty that makes you cry because you don’t want to like it, but you can’t help it; think grey days on a cold beach without a jacket. I picture cliffs and sand and freezing spray that permeates your skin and goes straight through to the bone until you are physically miserable, your fingers red and aching, your eyes watery from the wind, but you also can’t help but still be aware of the immense beauty around you).

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Graphic novels aren’t all super heroes/heroines with masks and capes. There are memoirs of misspent youth, science fiction stories of prison planets, post-apocalyptic adventures, and horror tales. Librarians Sheldon and Abby have the latest and greatest adult graphic novels.

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Sizzle in the Stacks: Amish Edition

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Need to find a peaceful, easy feeling amid the world's chaos? Librarian Alexis has discovered the subgenre of Amish romances - light on religion but clean and free of the concerns of modern American culture. Or as Alexis says, like a nice big serving of mashed potatoes—comforting and easy to digest.

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Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

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They say that smell is the sense most closely tied to memory (I don’t know if that’s true; I think I may have heard it in a commercial, actually), but for me, it is sound. Specifically, song. Music has the power to transport me back in time like I was in a science fiction novel.

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Warning: Plot Twist Ahead!

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Librarian Tracy loves literature that really throws a curve ball and sends you chasing it out to left field. She's got a list of novels with unreliable narrators and unexpected twists in the plot where the story you thought you were reading is really an entirely different story.

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

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I am notoriously drawn to packaging. If it has a clever name or a unique look, I will buy it. If it’s got a pun in the name, I’ll buy ten. But a great first line, now that’s something that will snag my attention and really draw me in. Here is a list of ten contemporary YA books with stellar first lines.

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Smarty Pants

Smart girl

Love reading about intelligent characters pulling off a madcap, brilliant caper? Guilty pleasure, literary crush, vicarious envy…call it what you will! Librarian Anna enjoys smart characters and she's got a list of the smartiest of pants in young adult lit.

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Drink to Good Health!

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Warmer weather is coming to Oklahoma. What better way to do cool down than to get some tasty drinks for you and your family! Below are some of the yummy recipes to try out.

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