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Spare Heir

Who can resist clicking on a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, especially now that another baby’s on the way? Isn’t it lovely that we get to enjoy such a well-behaved, well-groomed, fashionable family without having to pay their upkeep? And didn’t Prince George hold up his end of the toddler-down-under tour to Australia and New Zealand last spring?

If you’re fascinated by royals, you can keep abreast of their doings and trace their lineages through books we have in the history section of the library. Here are but a few:

The Game is On

 

I’ve posted three blogs now on how to find things in our databases, but those were simple searches. The other day I wanted something a bit harder to find. You want to give it a try? It involves the Google.

So I’m surfing the Sherlock/Cumberbatch portion of the internet (which gets larger by the hour), and I come across a copy of the saturday review for sale on ebay for $16, and because Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman are on the cover, somebody might actually pay for this well-thumbed yellowing newsprint.

My "For Later" Shelf Can Beat Up Your "For Later" Shelf

Are you using the For Later shelf? Do you know how it works? Need some instruction? Here’s a link to a page we call How to Use the Catalog; you’ll find the following link there: Learn more about shelves. (Some library lingo is ambiguous, but these are a couple of aptly named pages.)   

Let me tell you about the For Later shelf because it’s my favorite feature of bibliocommons, in fact, since I usually end up there anyway, I’m getting in the habit of starting at the For Later page.

 

The Ugly

Eli Wallach died last Tuesday. If you've watched The Good the Bad and the Ugly 20 times, as every human should, He's the reason. If you've had to splash your face with cool water (or sip iced lemonade) after the swing-set scene in Baby Doll, thank Eli. 

As Texas as it Gets

If you’re not a native Texan, the fastest way to come as close as you can get is to spend a week or two with Alan LeMay, John Wayne, and John Ford (not a one of them born in Texas, by the way). If you’re not looking to go native but just want a better understanding of your neighbors, this is also the way to go. Below are described the relationships between the three books and one movie that will be your study guides:

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches2010, by S. C. Gwynne.  Parker was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a Texas girl captured by the Comanches, whose story is told in this book published last year:

When It Comes Together Musically

So I’m watching The Daily Show Wednesday night, and there’s Blondie singing a new song (new to me, anyway) “Sugar on the Side”, and Blondie and Company still have it going on, and I want that song NOW, late at night, when everything is closed, as I wanted that Time Magazine article I blogged about in March 2013. (Remember that post? No? Well, let me link to it for you: “When It All Comes Together”.) Only now I have an iPad, and now the library has Freegal. Can the magic happen again? The short answer is Yes. The long answer follows:

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.

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