• Friends book sale Friday-Sunday

    Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:07am
    booksale, friends
    Friends book sale Friday-Sunday

    We hope you have your calendars marked for this weekend's Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale (Sept 27-29). One of the top used book sales in the region, the three-day sale features a broad range of books and audio-visual items for all ages. Most books are priced from $1-$3, with some special selections priced higher.

  • A blog post about nothing

    Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 12:07am
    A blog post about nothing

    Answer: Uncle Leo, Kenny Bania, Jack Klompus, Izzy Mendelbaum, and Bob Sacamano
    Question: Who are five recurring characters on the long-running series Seinfeld? 

  • Goin' mobile: new catalog app launches today

    Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:59pm

    If you're reading this on a smartphone - and our analytics tell us increasing numbers of you are - you now have an even better way to access library materials and manage your library account.

  • Gearing up for Gatsby

    Friday, May 10, 2013 - 4:57pm
    books, movies
    Gearing up for Gatsby

    Tonight is opening night for Baz Luhrmann's new film, "The Great Gatsby", based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. Gatsby is often spoken of as "the great american novel", and Fitzgerald's "magnum opus."  It has also often been described as "unfilmable", which hasn't stopped four previous filmmakers from trying to bring the book to the cinema (including a lost 1926 silent movie), with generally underwhelming results.

  • Play ball!

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 1:16pm
    Play ball!

    One of my favorite jokes from a David Letterman monologue is: "Yesterday was opening day for Major League Baseball which can only mean one thing: The Cleveland Indians are mathematically eliminated." Any long-suffering sports fan can relate to the pathos and humor in Letterman’s comment. I am a fan of the New York Mets and grew up watching them through the seventies and eighties when they did not enjoy much success.

  • A library in your pocket: the evolution of the phone

    Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 1:34pm
    A library in your pocket: the evolution of the phone

    On March 7,  1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted patent number 174,465 for his "Telegraphy" design.  Three days later he successfully transmitted these famous words: "Mr Watson—Come here—I want to see you" to his assistant, Thomas Watson. The telephone has gone through many changes in the 137 years since the granting of the patent, and today it is a virtual library in your pocket.

  • Goodbye Ravi

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6:43pm
    biographies, databases, music
    Goodbye Ravi

    Famed sitar player and music legend Ravi Shankar passed away this week at the grand old age of 92. Dubbed "The Godfather of World Music" by ex-Beatle and longtime friend George Harrison, Shankar was an unlikely international music star whose sitar playing introduced millions to the beautiful ragas (melodies) and talas (rhythms) of Indian music.

  • Woody Guthrie at 100

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 10:47am
     Woody Guthrie at 100

    As we count down the days to the centennial celebration of the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, let's pause and celebrate another Woodrow Wilson centennial that just passed: October 3, 2012 was the 100th birthday of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, more commonly known as "Woody."

  • You've got personality

    Monday, September 10, 2012 - 12:07am
    You've got personality

    Human behavior fascinates me. I am endlessly curious about the human condition, and the question of why we behave the way we behave. Why do some people choose to bungee jump off a bridge, while others prefer to curl up at home by the fire? Why are some people energized by the fast-paced conversation of a cocktail party, while others gravitate toward a quiet conversation in the corner?

  • Today on this day... April 4th

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 3:13pm
    BiblioCommons, books, catalog
    Today on this day... April 4th

    There have been many significant historical events on this date in history.  As a learning exercise I used the "list" feature to put together a "Topic Guide" in our new Bibliocommons catalog highlighting a number of the historical events that have occurred on April 4th.