Love Bites: Vampire Romances

fake red flowers and fake blood

Maintaining a relationship with a vampire has all sorts of complications: Where to live? Must be able to fit a casket, so scratch the studio apartment. What types of social occasions? Movies, yes; church weddings, no; having friends for dinner...maybe. How to introduce him/her to your family? And then there's the whole drinking blood thing. […]

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Bring Me an Orange Every Day

One of my favorite patrons, Carlos, was telling me about his volunteer work at a hospice and the elderly man he visited. When Carlos found out he liked oranges, he brought a bag in and carefully peeled one for him as they talked. As Carlos was leaving, the elderly gentleman told him to take the bag with […]

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“I Don’t!”: Romance at Almost Weddings

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June is the ultimate month for brides, grooms, flowers, the march down the aisle. But what happens when the wedding doesn't happen? Sometimes the bride runs away or the groom gets cold feet or someone steps forward and says "I object!" It sounds like a nightmare, but in a real romance novel there's always an […]

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Music To Run By

As someone who can't bring themselves to run unless a zombie from World War Z is chasing, I obviously need a little motivation. Like many of my fellow joggers on the lakefront, I like to plug in the earbuds and drift into my own personalized music video. Fortunately the library has thousands of CDs and downloadable music  available. It's a […]

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Moms: The Good, the Bad, the Homicidal

Heart tattoo with the word mother

Moms love us, nurture us and drive us crazy. Sometimes quite literally. Enjoy Mother's Day and be glad some of these moms are only fiction: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Reporter Camille Preaker returns home to cover the deaths of two pre-teens. Once there she reunites with her mother and half-sister and begins to revisit a dark and […]

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Run, Librarian, Run

close-up of sneakers on walking path

I am by no means an expert runner. I ran (ok, jogged) the Shamrock Shuffle with a few thousand other runners and managed to limp to the end, mostly because I ran it with a friend and we both knew there was a free beer at the after-party. But running a race when you are not prepared is […]

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Curse of the Black Thumb

Houseplant in window

We begin with the noblest of intentions. We buy packets of seeds and good potting soil. We plant. We water. We fertilize. We carefully position for maximum sunlight. And then we watch a variety of our green leafy plants die a slow, tragic death. Take a deep breath. Look hard at your thumb. Is it as dark as the over-watered […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet

My five-year old isn't squeamish. Example: When we visit the Field Museum, she rushes from one display case to the next. "Look Mommy, another dead animal!" But when her beloved betta fish died, she was a mess. Note to parents: Do not allow your family fish to lie in state for 24 hours. Trust me. Cleaning the fish bowl made […]

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When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

Irish countryside

Ahhh, Ireland.  A country of rich literary tradition—Joyce, Yeats,Oscar Wilde and Seamus Heaney. Any visitor remembers beautiful rolling hills, foamy Guinness and the legends of the wee folk. But maybe, just maybe, not all the "wee" folk are happy and some of those hills have bodies buried under them! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by reading a few crime novels set in the Emerald Isle—just to prove […]

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Baby, I Love You, But One of Us Has to Die

plush heart with knife through it

 Every marriage has its ups and downs, but some go completely sideways. Think of George and Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? reeling around drunk and screaming at each other, and you get the idea. There's rocky and then there's rock on the back of the head. Yet, I can't get enough of them, especially around […]

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