Get Lost in Fantasy with Tolkien Reading Day

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There's no better time to start an unexpected journey than March 25, when fantasy fans the world over will participate in Tolkien Reading Day by reading their favorite passages from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien's other works. Celebrated by the Tolkien Society as the day Sauron fell, Tolkien Reading Day is […]

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Remembering Terry Pratchett

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Today we mourn the passing of prolific fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett, who knew that the greatest journeys were often the most unavoidable, and gamely set out to explore despite the protests of his beleaguered protagonists. Like Atlas of myth, Mr. Pratchett carried worlds upon his shoulders—if today the Earth seems to stutter and sway, it is because […]

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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The world grieves for the loss of an icon with the passing of the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Celebrated for his role as Mr. Spock in the groundbreaking television series Star Trek, Nimoy was one of Hollywood's most recognizable and beloved faces. Although primarily known for his acting, Nimoy was an artistic explorer who delved into […]

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Literary Anti-Heroes

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The skies are dark, hope is lost, corruption reigns, and those few bright lights willing to fight back are sure to be betrayed by their closest allies, or their own frail nature. Enter the anti-hero, a lone wolf just a shade better than the desperate souls that surround her, as contrary and complicated as your average […]

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GenreList: Chilling Thrillers

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This time, on GenreList: plunging temperatures, blowing snow and fast-darkening skies set the scene for mysterious murders and alien oddities as we bring chilling thrillers to your local library. Feeling isolated by the cold? Are the howling winds and sub-zero temperatures driving you a bit batty? The Torrance family gets you in a big way. In The […]

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Sample American Cheese Month with These Great Titles

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This October, people across the nation are gathering to celebrate the myriad shades, shapes and savors of American-made cheese. Some relish a panoply of flavors ranging from mild to sharp, while others delve into the mysteries of cheesecraft and create their own delicious masterpieces. No matter your taste, we can feed your flavorful obsession with recipes that range from […]

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September Is Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month, and all around the country people are readying themselves for winter storms and all the disasters, great and small, that can turn a life upside down. While that might sound like a daunting challenge, you can make your family a lot safer in a few simple steps. Step 1: Be […]

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

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Hollywood seems less bright today, with the passing of one of its guiding stars. Lauren Bacall was one of the most recognizable actresses of the 1940s, the very definition of the noir leading lady. Her real-life romance with on-screen partner Humphrey Bogart created one of the first Hollywood power-couples, a match that would set the press ablaze […]

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GenreList VII: Heatwave

Red and Orange Sunrise over Chicago Skyline

This time, on GenreList: It might be mild in Chicago, but in Hollywood summer is always a searing season of drama, pressure and conflict. Join us as tensions build, the temperature rises and summer builds to an explosive conclusion!

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Learn About Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is one of the most iconic Mexican holidays, recognized and celebrated both in Mexico and here in the United States. However, many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Mexican Independence Day represents the separation of Mexico from Spanish dominion, while Cinco de Mayo marks a battle that helped […]

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