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Finding Poetry Online

How do you find a good poem?
Where in the world do you look?
We used to have a really big tome—Grangers
A tome, as you know is a book..

And the book was Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry, in which a person could look up a line by subject or author and then it would tell you what poem it came from and what book collection it was published in. Then if you happen to have that collection, you could look it up and read the poem. Easy—but there were a lot ifs in that process… Plus it is a really heavy book. Now there are many links to finding poetry online. Continue reading Finding Poetry Online

Nordic Noir – Featured Fiction for April

Ever since Stieg Larsson brought Lisbeth Salander to international prominence with his Millennium series – better known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo –  other Scandinavian authors have been enjoying an international audience as well.

Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Hanging Girl: A Department Q Novel
Jo Nesbo
The Leopard









Helsinki White
An Event in Autumn









What defines Nordic Noir? The setting is usually cold, dark, and bleak.  The hero/detective (women and men) are generally very analytical, deep, and brooding.  The murderer or perpetrators are psychopathic, misanthropic, and brutal.  The pace is quick but often the follows the routine and methodical work of the detective.   The general tone is realistic – no sweeping prose or giant metaphors, but the story tends to put a lens on corruption within government and society.

Continue reading Nordic Noir – Featured Fiction for April

April is National Poetry Month

“April is the cruelest month” so opens the The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot.
Small-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoIt is also National Poetry Month.  Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is celebrating its 20th year of inspiring the love and celebration of poetry and poets all year long.
Stop by the library and check out one of our lovely  poetry books or check out this list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

Good News for A series of Unfortunate Events!

Series of unfortunate events

Have you loved Lemony Snicket’s writing? Have you savored each adventure of the sad and sorry orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire? Now even more snickety fun is to be had, with the launch of the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Neal Patrick Harris as the nefarious Count Olaf. Continue reading Good News for A series of Unfortunate Events!