This Year’s Tax Deadline Delayed (But Still Inevitable)

Procrastinators, rejoice: this year, because April 15 falls on a Saturday, and the observance of Emancipation Day falls on Monday the 17th, the deadline for filing your taxes isn’t until Tuesday, April 18. That means you get a luxurious three extra days to put this whole silly tax business out of your mind before you’re […]

Letting Books in on the Madness

A few years ago, I pitched the idea of holding a March Madness-style, vote-driven tournament for books to coincide with the annual NCAA basketball tournament. It was met with crickets, and I laid it to rest before ever giving it the chance to go dancing. Admittedly, a tournament that would equate to essentially a book […]

A Loophole for Lines for New Books

If there’s one thing I beat into the ground around here, other than too-specific Simpsons references, it’s that libraries are muy bueno and you should use them to get free stuff. It’s some darn fine advice, and I stand by it, but it’s not always as easy as I make it sound. I’m not trying […]

The Case of the Curiously Not-So-Book-y Oscars

Oscar Sunday is about celebrating movies deemed to have reached, or at least approached, the pinnacle of filmmaking excellence. As we’ve discussed before in this space, many movies make it to such lofty heights by riding the coattails of topnotch books, which provide source material screenwriters love to poach steal adapt. Lit-to-film adaptations are usually […]

Make Studio Magic at the Library

If you’ve walked through or around the Teen Room in the library, you’ve probably seen the instruments hanging on the wall. While they sure are nice to look at, you’ll find that your enjoyment of them will skyrocket if you take them down and actually, like, play them. Feel free to plug one into our […]

Print Wirelessly at BPL

Wires are a pretty mixed bag. High-wire walking is thrilling, but also dangerous. The Wire is one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows ever. Mountain Dew LiveWire is gross, at least according to this jury of one.  To cats, all wires are good, which is very bad for their owners. When it comes to […]

Dud-Free Dating With Blind Date With a Book

As a board game fan (I don’t think I’m quite hardcore enough to earn the title of “enthusiast”), I appreciate a rousing game of such classic titles as Clue, Monopoly (though I prefer the cat version), and Scrabble. Some classic games, however, I’ve never had the pleasure of playing. Perhaps most regrettably, I’ve never gotten […]

3D Printing Goes Flexible

3D printing is undoubtedly great. From ukuleles to phone cases to cat armor, we’ve printed some pretty cool stuff at the library. Cool, yes, but like my stiff legs and this guy’s rules, the plastic with which they are printed is terribly inflexible. What if you want to create something with a little give? Something […]

Finding Library Books Made Easier

Obviously, the library is the best place to get books, but we understand the library catalog isn’t necessarily always the first place you look for them. Maybe you browse new titles on Amazon or check Goodreads for suggestions and reviews from other bookies (book lovers, not a guy who takes your bets/breaks your thumbs, though […]

You Gotta Make Noise to Reduce Noise

If you find the library to be a little noisier than normal (as you may know, our “normal” noise level is actually pretty high by conventional library standards, what with the whizzing and whirring of our 3D printers and laser engraver) over the next few weeks, as counterintuitive as it sounds, we’re making a bunch […]

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