#TBT: Remembering Johnny Cash

This Throwback Thursday, we're exploring the life and career of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Born February 26, 1932, Cash would've been 85 this year. He died in 2003, months after his beloved wife, June Carter Cash, passed away. Cash's memory and music live on. Born in Arkansas, Johnny Cash worked in the cotton […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Betty White!

Betty White

She did it! Betty White survived 2016 and turns 95 January 17. For this Throwback Thursday, we’ll take a look at the storied career of everyone’s favorite funny lady. From radio to game and variety shows to sitcoms, it seems Betty White has done it all. Born in Oak Park, White moved to Los Angeles with […]

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Ahhhh!!! Home Alone Is 25!

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It’s been 25 years since I sat in the movie theater with my little brother roaring with laughter at the attempts of pint-sized Kevin McAllister, played by Macaulay Culkin, protecting his home from dimwitted burglars Marv and Harry, aka The Wet Bandits. Since then, Home Alone has become a holiday classic. Written by John Hughes and […]

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Give Back During National Volunteer Week

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If you’ve wanted to reach out to your community and lend a helping hand in some way, but haven’t known how, you’re in luck—National Volunteer Week runs from April 12-18. It is the perfect time to engage with and within your community and work to make things brighter for yourself and your neighbors. Volunteering your […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Fiction

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I’ve really enjoyed reading my friends’ lists of 10 books most influential to them, a meme popular right now on Facebook. I’ve crafted mine and several in the top 20 (because a librarian can’t stop at 10) are books by Hispanic authors. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s lyrical storytelling in One Hundred Years of Solitude, the complicated relationships […]

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Stop Procrastinating… Tomorrow

I’ve put off writing this post several times, which is fitting since it is National Procrastination Week. I’m a lifelong, one might even say professional, procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to do most things. I have the very best of intentions, but can always find something better (or different) to do than the […]

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CPL Impact on the IMPAC

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People love handing out recognition and awards. There is an award for most anything—acting, singing, peace and even best beard and moustache. The literary world is especially fond of awards, with the Pulitzer, National Book Award and of course, the awards we remember from our childhood—the Newbery and Caldecott. Last year, CPL participated in the nomination process for […]

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Listen, Hear: Audiobook Award Winners

I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks. They tend to make me sleepy and if I do listen to one I'm driving a car and well, that's not a good combination. However, I picked one up for a recent road trip and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama is a paranormal […]

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Doggone Good Nonfiction

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I am a dog person. Like a haven’t-met-a-dog-I-don’t-like, have-a-bunch-of-different-nicknames-for-my-pooch, the-dog-sleeps-in-bed-with-me, dog person. So naturally, I’m a dog book person as well. A lot’s been published in the past few years on this much-loved furry friend, both fiction and non. Here are some of my favorite nonfiction titles. Ever wonder what goes on inside Fido’s mind? Cognitive […]

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Delightful Donut-ty Reads

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Cops know it. Homer Simpson knows it. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, this ring of fried doughy goodness may be the perfect food. Sweet or savory (bacon donut anyone?), breakfast or dessert, the donut has found its way into not just our stomachs, but our hearts. Donut stores have popped up all over […]

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