Starting a brand new book series can be really exciting and excruciating at the same time – you get to know new characters, discover new places and go on exhilarating new adventures. The downside to starting a brand new series is the part where you have to wait a whole year (sometimes more!) for the next installment of the marvelous new world you just dove into.
We're in the middle of book-ordering season--well, actually everything-ordering season. Do you have any suggestions? Know of something you'd like us to own? Book, magazine, movie, comic, downloadable, newspaper? Something crazy expensive, like Scientific American (just an example; we subscribe online), or something free like The Austin Chronicle (already get that, too)?
There’s no better place to get medical information than from a licensed physician. The Library and librarians know that of course. But we also know that people can gain a sense of empowerment and comfort from being able to find information on your own when it comes to health conditions and prescribed medications. Being in a doctor’s office can also be pretty overwhelming which makes it hard to take in all the information you’re given.
Eliot Ness, leader of the Untouchables, was born April 19, 1903. It seems appropriate, given the Twenty-First Amendment, to pour up a drink to celebrate the man who kept the nation sober and the gangsters in Chicago on the lam.
Biography at its best is a good read, it appeals to a natural human instinct for gossip, and it answers a real need within us to understand each other better. And it is a noticeable achievement of the new biographies on our catalog list - Recommended Biographies - that they all begin with the premise that human nature is complex, and as is true with everything else in the world, you have to take the good with the bad.
Parks and Recreation is not just a goofy workplace TV comedy starring Amy Poehler, it’s an argument for faith in government. In Parks and Recreation, the Parks Department contrasts sharply with the incompetent Pawnee City Council and the dilapidated other city agencies, including the library. What I enjoy most about the TV show, which is very funny, is how dedicated Poehler’s Leslie Knope is to her job.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by President Johnson. To honor the anniversary, the LBJ Presidential Library hosts The Civil Rights Summit Tuesday, April 8 through Thursday, April 10.
Well, that’s what T.S. Eliot claims at the beginning of his poem “The Wasteland.” Had I not come out and told you the source of the line, you could have discovered it yourself by using the Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry. Here at the Central Library we have two of these indices which allow you to search for poetry by title, first line, last line, author or subject. Here I could find that the poem had, as of the publication of the index, been published in 23 poetry anthologies including American Poetry: The Twentieth Century.
If you could invite any famous person in history or in the world over to your house for dinner, who would it be? What would you talk about? Would you have some burning questions that you hoped the person would answer for you?