Monthly Archives: November 2014

Book Review: Alexander McCall Smith and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series

While it’s easy to dismiss series fiction as crass franchising (though many forget that series have been with us for generations) there are many series that run their course quickly and are eminently forgettable. Not so the prodigious work of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dixie and the School Trip by Grace Gilman

Dixie and the School Trip by Grace Gilman is the fourth I Can Read story featuring Dixie the dog.  It is a level 1, Beginning reader has “short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their … Continue reading

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I recently heard that a production by New York’s Metropolitan Opera generated protests, and I’d like to find out more about the opera. How can the library get me started?  

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has never been shy about programming controversial operas, but this season’s schedule–which includes Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an opera once labeled “pornographic”—set a new standard with its performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” Series

Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” series encompasses four books: Fifteen (1956); The Luckiest Girl (1958); Jean and Johnny (1959); and Sister of the Bride (1963).  As a child in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I vividly remember going to the … Continue reading

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When I bring my kids to storytime, we always sing such fun songs! Does the library have children’s CDs that we can listen to at home?

Yes, the Children’s Center in the Central Library and the branch libraries have a wide variety of music CDs that can be checked out. They’re great for listening to in the car and around the house! Here’s a sampling of … Continue reading

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