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 […]

Out With the Old Nooks, In With the New

As a fragile human, you’re surely well aware that the ravages of time cannot be escaped. I say this not to bum you out with a reminder of your own mortality, but to point out that technology is also subject to Father Time’s slow, steady march toward the grave (see, everyone and everything’s gonna die, […]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…A New Collection at the Library!

BPL has long had a collection of graphic novels (aka sequential art, aka long comic books) for kids, but when it came to graphic novels for adults, our copy of Watchmen for years stood alone in a forest of its wordy novel fellows. It was quite tragic, as some truly great stories are told in […]

Waive Goodbye to Fines

As of this past Monday, Benbrook Public Library has officially done away with overdue fines. They’re gone. Wa(i)ve goodbye. “Surely you lie,” I made you say in order to set me up for a dated pop culture reference. It ain’t no lie, baby. Bye bye bye. Through the duration of our summer pilot program period, […]

You’ve Got a Ticket to Read

The following should be read/sung to the tune of “Ticket to Ride” by the Beatles:   My friends, we’ve got a new game And it starts today, yeah I’m so bold to proclaim That you’ll want to play   We call it Ticket to Read We call it Ticket to Read We call it Ticket […]

Beyond the Call of Duty?

When a phone call begins with, “I’m sorry, this is probably going to be the strangest thing someone has asked you to do,” the natural reaction is mild-to-severe concern, with a hearty pinch of curiosity. What is this person about to request of me? Steal a car? Flush the toilet and tell her which direction […]

Whiskerful Thinking

When I went to my vet (shout-out to Benbrook Animal Doctors!) yesterday to pick up special cat food for my special, expensive cat, I had the pleasure of visiting with Ice, their resident feline who entertains customers and cavalierly walks all over the paperwork of employees who are trying to work. It’s always a giddying […]

We Don’t Care Too Much For Money, Money Can’t Buy Our Books

The other day, a library patron called to let us know she really liked a particular book she had checked out from us (that’s good), and she wanted to know how she could go about buying the book from us (that’s…less good. And kind of strange). We make it a point to be as accommodating […]


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