Physician's Desk Reference

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 and Prohibition

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.

To get you started, check out our cocktails selection! We’ve got themed books (like The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook, or The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook) and books with recipes based on your favorite beverage (Viva Tequila; Vodka Distilled; American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye; and even Bitters). If you’re feeling a little bit scientific (and dare I say snobbish?) about your drinking habits, check out The Drunken Botanist. You’ll discover the histories of the plants humans have used to make booze over the centuries.

The Good with the Bad - New Biographies

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.

Amy Poehler Loves Good Government and Books

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.

"April is the Cruelest Month"

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.

Los Alamos

In 1943, families of mathematicians and scientists, under high security, moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico. Not knowing where they're going or why, these wives from all over the world cut their ties with friends and relatives to live in isolation, without telephones or uncensored mail.  In the debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos, the collective "we" that serves as the book's narrators only knows that the physicist husbands are working day and night on a secret war project.

And the Pritzker goes to...

Shigeru Ban was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Prize yesterday. The Pritzker Prize is the Nobel of architecture, awarded annually in recognition of an architect’s body of work. Shigeru Ban is an American trained, Japanese architect whose work can be found in places typically not associated with world-renowned contemporary architecture: disaster zones and refugee camps. Upon seeing the living conditions of many Rwandans in the wake of the 1994 genocide, Ban decided he could improve the living conditions for those who had lost nearly everything.


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