Best Books (I Read During the Year) of 2018

Bibliophiles, I present to you my “Best Books of 2018” list, as always with the huge caveat that very few of the books were actually published in 2018; they’re simply my favorite books I read during the year. Unlike an escalator that is temporarily stairs, this list is out of order.   Sleeping Beauties by […]

Do New Year’s Eve the Library Way

2019 is coming for you, Neeson style. It will look for you, it will find you, and it will…well, hopefully not kill you. But it’s gonna getcha. Despite how unnecessarily scary I’ve made the New Year sound, it’s generally a cause for celebration. But how to celebrate? You could get all gussied up and put […]

Fill Your Head and Heart With Jolliness at BPL’s Holly Jolly Holiday

For years now, I’ve intermittently had the song “Silver Bells” pop into my head, uninvited and apropos of nothing, at all times of year. I just go with it, but it’s a lyrical lie, in say, June. It’s Christmas time in the city? No, it isn’t. Soon it will be Christmas day? Not unless your […]

It’s the Most Laserful Time of the Year

We’ve finally reached December 1, and that means members of the “it’s too early for Christmas stuff” crowd now officially have no tree stand to..stand on (they have to get off and put their tree on it). Bring on the music, the lights, the movies, the elves, and, in the case of the library, the […]

Novennber Venns, Yet A-Venn

Novennber cannot be stopped (except by the changing of the month, but that’s an issue for next week). We’ve got three more literary Venns for you this week. I realize at this point, I’m playing kind of fast and loose with the official rules of Venn diagrams. It may be more accurate to call some […]

Some Pig, a Dull Boy, and a Gold Guy Get the Novennber Treatment

Novennber rolls on with a fresh batch of literary Venns for your viewing amusement/eye rollification:  

Novennber’s Revennge

We’re now squarely in the 11th month of the year, which means it’s time to bring back our painfully brilliant (or brilliantly painful, depending on your feelings on cheesy wordplay) Novennber idea we introduced last year. It gives us an excuse to experience and share the irresistible, undeniable fun of Venn diagrams. We’ll be coming […]

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 […]

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