Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2018

  My creople (creepy + people), I give you the sixth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris It had been, as the hip youths say, a minute since I had read a graphic novel. It’s a moon-howlin’ shame, too, because this past summer, the […]

Put Non-Scary Cemetery Luminary at the Library on Your Itinerary

A cemetery seems like the perfect place to get your Halloween vibes up to the lofty levels of this guy. However, we totally understand if you’d rather not visit one recreationally. Perhaps you’re a fraidy cat. Or an unsure squirrel. Or a respectful horse. Whatever your particular deal may be, we’re going to help you […]

Escape From the Library (If You Want)

Being trapped in a room can be a real bummer. Jodie Foster didn’t have such a hot time in Panic Room. Getting stuck in their storm shelter only led to frustration for the Simpsons, and spinning the middle side of a Rubik’s Cube topwise only made things worse. Things got really dramatic for R. Kelly […]

Dimes Will Get You Dozens at the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Stuff costs more than it used to, which is shocking, I know. Gone are the days when you could get a Coke and a movie ticket for a dime. Heck, you can’t even seem to get ten-cent currency for a dime these days. Yes, the stuff you can actually get for your pocket change is […]

The Truth is Out There

A phone call I received earlier this week: Me: Benbrook Library, how can I help you? Patron (a bit breathlessly): I’m looking for aliens. Me (apprehensive because this is either going to be delightfully straightforward or an impossibly nebulous Mulder and Scully situation, very tentatively): …Are you looking for the *movie* Aliens? Patron: Yes. Me […]

So Long, Sweet Summer

The library’s children’s summer reading program wrapped up last week with a big ol’ party. Here’s hoping with all the reading your kids did, the only “summer slide” they experienced was on this here (or another, equally fun) water slide:   Thank you to all the kids and parents who made it another great summer […]

Say “Nope” to Anti-Library Talk, Reverse Knope Style

Last week, an apparently masochistic economist released an opinion piece on Forbes’ website arguing that in the name of saving taxpayers money and helping Amazon stockholders, public libraries should be replaced with Amazon bookstores. A vocal army of library defenders, including patrons, librarians, authors, and common sense enthusiasts, promptly rose up on the Internet to […]

Return of the Lase(r)

  The laser engraver is back. While it was never really physically gone, like Burger King’s Mac ‘n’ Cheetos were before making a comeback last year, it was effectively gone, like Mark Morrison was when he had his heart broken. In the engraver’s case, it was an overworked, rundown laser that had it producing at […]

Friday the 13th: A Reading Guide

In honor of Friday the 13th, I’ve put together a list of ten* scary/freaky/eerie books appropriate for reading today, complete with 13 word** blurbs on each:   It by Stephen King – It gets uncomfortably weird, and it’s mega long, but man, is it great. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Has one of the […]

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