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The Traveling Librarian

Your traveling librarian stopped in at the Marathon Public Library in mid-December and met one of the most helpful people you could hope to know, library director Elizabeth Holt. Though she was in the middle of upgrading the public computers, she took the time to give a couple of strangers a tour of her library (lit through a wall of windows on the east side by a sparkling West Texas day).

The Autobiography of James T Kirk

It pains me to recommend we ban a book, but I’ve found a dangerous one. To secure our future, we had better vacuum up all copies of Jim Kirk’s autobiography What if he gets his hands on it after he's born and changes his mind about commanding the Enterprise (it's a tough job)? That could alter the future/past! What if he reads his own book and decides he doesn't want the promotion? What if he stays in engineering and becomes a redshirt? A redshirt! You know what that means!

The Autumnal Equinox

Contrary to what our public school schedule has conditioned us to think, autumn doesn’t start until late September. Tomorrow at 4:21 AM EDT (3:21 AM in Austin) the sun will cross the celestial equator (the earth’s equator projected into space) and start tracking through the southern skies until spring, 2016, when we get it back.  

Manga Fun Pack

UPDATE: MANGA FUN PACK has been claimed! Thanks for playing!

My Love Story!! is a sweet romance in which the misunderstandings are slight, problems are solved by the ends of the episodes, and everyone is moving toward happily pairing off. (Can you think of a hugely popular English author from the early 1800s who wrote similar stories?) You can see it animated on crunchyroll, for free if you’ll suffer the ads, and there’s talk of a live-action movie.

Pluto

To get the latest on the farthest dwarf planet humans have visited, you’ll need our databases, because any book about Pluto we have on our shelves was outdated as of July 14, 2015, 7:49 EDT, when the New Horizons space probe flew within 7800 miles of the surface of Pluto. If you’re watching NASA’s web site, you know that we’re downloading new pictures from the probe daily, and will be downloading for 15 months more. That’s how long it will take New Horizons to transmit all the data it's collected on Pluto.

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