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Psychologist Sleuths

I just received the latest Val McDermid mystery to check out, and I've had to put it away in the cabinet so I'm not tempted to start reading on duty.  I enjoy all of her books, but the Dr.

North Channel Festival Fun

Thanks to all who helped put together this year's Hispanic Heritage Festival at the North Channel Branch Library, thanks to all of the great volunteers, and thanks to everyone who attended! Some highlights from the day:

Fans of Chaplin

I heard a story this morning on NPR about an Indian doctor who prescribes Charlie Chaplin movies as a cure for depression, leads a Chaplin fan club, and dresses up as the Little Tramp for performances.  I am not in his league, but I am a huge fan.  One of my dogs is even named Charlie, since his walk is a four legged version of the Tramp's.  For those of you who hesitate to watch a black and white movie, let alone a silent film, I challenge you to resist the magic of one of Chaplin's best films.  His personal favorite was City Lights, a poignant story about the Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl, that still managed to be very funny.  My favorite is

Love in Space

Obsidian PreyI love to read books that combine genres, and some of my favorite romance series combine romance with science fiction or fantasy. Not all of these novels take place on another planet, but they do borrow science fiction elements, like space travel, or fantasy elements, like the use of magic. If this genre mix sounds appealing to you, try some of these:

Summer Reading Programs - What Do You Think?

Adult SRP        Children's SRP      Teen SRP

Did you participate in one of this year's Summer Reading Programs?  If you did and you'd like to share your opinions, or if didn't and you'd like to tell us what would make you join next year, please fill out this survey by September 8th.  Help us make next year's program the best one yet!

Update 9/8: The survey has closed. Thank you for your interest.  If you have additional comments, please leave them below.

Summer Reading Programs - What Do You Think?

 Adult SRP        Children's SRP      Teen SRP

Did you participate in one of this year's Summer Reading Programs?  If you did and you'd like to share your opinions, or if didn't and you'd like to tell us what would make you join next year, please fill out this survey by September 8th.  Help us make next year's program the best one yet!

Update 9/8: The survey has closed. Thank you for your interest.  If you have additional comments, please leave them below.

Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

Cool Librarians on Screen: a Top Ten List

librarianYou'll find no hysterical spinsters (see It's a Wonderful Life) or scary shushers (see Ghostbusters) on this list.  These librarians of the big and small screens are much more like the real thing.  We like to think so, anyway.

But What Happens to the Dog?

Ever since a childhood trauma involving a sobbing fit in the lobby of the Malco Theatre after viewing the climactic scene of Old Yeller, I have never been able to finish a book or a movie that featured the death of a beloved pet.  Many times, I have been lulled into a false feeling of security, only to be mentally cast back to that empty theatre lobby.  I don't want to produce any major spoilers, but who remembers The Yearling?  What about

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