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    Facebook Movie Advisory Day with Stephanie Curtis--Recap!

    Stephanie Curtis
    As promised, here’s the transcript from our recent Facebook Movie Advisory Day conversation with MPR’s Movie Maven and Cube Critic (and all-around movie genius) Stephanie Curtis! (Please note that we’ve removed our patrons' names since the Internet is a bit less private than Facebook.) On to the recap (complete with convenient links to our catalog)!  Lights, camera, ACTION! Love movies? Looking for your next favorite movie? Join us RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW with the fabulous Stephanie Curtis. Comment on this thread with your favorite film or genre and Stephanie will use her excellent movie knowledge to hook you up! Ramsey County Library (RCL):... Read More »

    Tags: Movies, Recommended

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    Congratulations, 2014 Minnesota Book Awards Winners!

    Moo!
    Congratulations to all the Minnesota Book Award winners for 2014!  The awards were presented at the elegant Minnesota Book Awards Gala this month at the newly remodeled Union Depot--a fabulous night all around.  Check out this complete list of all of this year's Winners and Finalists.  Now, on to the winners! Children's Literature: Moo!  by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike... Read More »

    Tags: Awards, Local Authors

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    Inquiring Minds: What's That Short For?

    BMX Riding Skills
    Every so often, Ramsey County Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions we receive for your reading enjoyment.   Got a question of your own? Just Ask A Librarian! Here are today's abbreviated questions: Q. What does the acronym BMX stand for? I know that it has to do with bikes, but what do the letters stand for? A. BMX stands for “bicycle moto-cross” and it refers to the sport of organized bicycle races on dirt tracks. The Library has a number of books on the sport. (Library sources.) Q. I have a wall plaque in my kitchen that reads “La natura è l’arte di Dio.” What does that mean? A. It means “Nature... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference

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    If You Liked ... Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks
    Have you seen Saving Mr. Banks yet?  If you loved the behind the scenes look at the filming of Mary Poppins, here are a few more items in our collection you might enjoy (and a little more backstory). Although wildly popular and starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, Disney's fictionalized version of the making of Mary Poppins and Walt Disney's relationship with the prickly author P. L. Travers is from all reports a bit sanitized.  Check out Vulture's... Read More »

    Tags: Movies, Recommended

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    Inquiring Minds: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is (in Arizona)?

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    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's timely question: Q. What’s the difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona? A. Thanks to Arizona’s unique policy on the observation of Daylight Savings Time, this is not an easy question to answer. Alone among the states in the Lower Forty-Eight, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the cold months of the year, Arizona is one hour earlier than Minnesota. They’re on Mountain Standard Time and we’re on Central Standard Time. As soon as Daylight Savings Time... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference