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Maya Angelou

Memoirist and poet Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, told an unsparing account of her harsh childhood in 1930s Arkansas, died yesterday. She was the daughter of a sharecropper family, and before she turned 40, Angelou had been a streetcar conductor, a teen mom, a fry cook, a professional dancer, an actress, a journalist and a playwright. Angelou defied all probability and category, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium. 

Science, Art and Food in "Modernist Cuisine"

One of the lovely benefits of coming to a library nearly every day, is the ability to keep fresh, beautiful, educational  books on my coffee table at home. A co-worker of mine checks out a new coffee table book about every two weeks so there’s always something new to page through during those lazy couch moments. If nothing else, it’s a nice break from staring at a screen.

Juan Pablo Villalobos Writes Funny Novellas.

Down the Rabbit Hole is one of the funniest (and most inventive) books I have read in years. The narrator, Tochtli, is the precocious son of a drug baron. Tochtli wants for nothing and wanders his palace admiring his extensive hat collection and his private zoo while his father plots to overtake a cartel. Amidst the cartel plotting, Tochtli demands a new acquisition for his zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus. So off to Liberia go Tochtli and his drug baron father to purchase the much desired pygmy hippopotamus.  

Chocolate

Behold, the fountain of chocolate! Would you like a chocolate fountain for your next party? May we at the library suggest to you that the "bowls" go upside down? The bowls don't catch the chocolate like a tiered water fountain catches water in graduated pools. One must invert the "bowls" of a chocolate fountain so that the chocolate washes over them convexly, coating the one above before falling to the one below. If you set the tiers concave side up so that they catch the chocolate, you're going to need a whooole lot of chocolate.

Privacy: Get Informed!

One of the many delightful aspects of working in a library is discovering the readily accessible research ready and waiting for just the right reader or researcher. Often, this presents itself as an encyclopedia on just the right topic, such as the Encyclopedia of Privacy, published by Greenwood Press. And what better time to give a shout out to this two-volume encyclopedia than during The American Library Association’s “Choose Privacy Week,” an annual event to raise awareness about privacy rights and issues in the United States.

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