July 2013


    Historical Girl Spy! The Hot New Trend in Teen Fiction ()

    The Friday Society

    Have you noticed a preponderance of teen novels where the cover illustration shows a character dressed in decidedly less than current apparel?  It's true.  Corsets, bonnets, skirts with enormous crinolines, high-necked blouses, and the occasional umbrella all are gracing teen fiction covers.  And weapons!

    Forget about vampires, werewolves, zombies and angels (fallen and otherwise), the hot new trend is the historical girl spy, detective and adventurer!  Direct from Teen Librarian Amy B., here are a few new novels you shouldn't miss:

    The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress - Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful...

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    Tags: Fiction, Teens


    My Top Five Podcasts ... by Tami L. ()

    Backstory logo

    Looking for a great new podcast to tune into?  Librarian Tami L. is here to help!  Here are five of her favorite podcasts.  Share your favorite podcast in the comments!

    1)  BackStory with the American History Guys - BackStory is a public radio program and podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and...

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    Tags: Recommended


    Books in the News - 7/28/13 ()

    Twin Cities Noir

    Here's what the local papers are writing about book-wise this past weekend:

    At the Pioneer Press, the Readers and Writers column focused on the new Otto Bremer Community Room at St. Paul Central Library.

    Also mentioned was Twin Cities Noir: The Expanded Edition, a collection of mystery stories set in the Twin Cities.

    In the Star Tribune Books...

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    Tags: Newspapers


    Why Reading Outside Sucks... (But We Do It Anyway) ()

    Reading at sea

    Summer is a magical season where outdoor reading becomes possible – Okay, being outdoors in general becomes possible. All winter long I envision myself waking up a little early to read on my porch as the sun rises and the birds chirp. Can you picture it now? Yet every summer I find myself wondering why it’s not as magical as I picture it in my head. I hate to tell you all this, but we’ve been lying to ourselves. Reading outside sucks and here’s why:

    The Sun:  The bane of my outdoor reading existence. If I turn my back to the sun the white pages of my book become a blinding reflection that I swear does more damage to my eyes than looking directly into the sun. If I face the sun directly then the sun is in my eyes. Don’t even get...

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    Tags: Reading


    Books in the News - 7/21/13 ()

    Don't Kiss Me

    Here's your weekly rundown on books reviewed in the week's papers!  Enjoy!

    In the Pioneer Press:

    Buffalo Grass by John Solensten

    The Wide Awake Loons by Katherine L. Holmes

    2013 Saint Paul Almanac

    Sing, Shorty, Sing by Shale Gollop and Lenore Gollop

    And in the Star Tribune Books section:

    & Sons: A Novel by David Gilbert


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    Tags: Newspapers