African Heritage & Health Week (February 1st-7th)

February 1, 2021 – Alli Boyer, Adult Services I am, admittedly, a picky eater.  I usually tend to stick with safe foods that I know and love from my childhood, such as chicken strips or Kraft mac n’ cheese.  That being said, I came across this image of the African Heritage Diet Pyramid and was […]

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Coming into the New Year Hot

January 16, 2021 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator Happy New Year! Regardless of whether your resolutions are big or just trying to make 2021 better than 2020, the new year is here and coming in hot (and I don’t mean the weather). January 16th is International Hot and Spicy Food Day! The perfect day […]

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Book Review: The Holdout by Graham Moore

January 11, 2021 – Sarah Vohsen, Adult Services This column was first published in the January 2021 issue of The Best Years (TBY). Maya Seale, as a young juror, became part of a high-profile case to judge Bobby Nock, an African American high school teacher of the murder of his wealthy white student. The final […]

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Science Fiction Day

January 2, 2021 – Adrianna Holt, Adult Services January 2nd is Science Fiction Day. If you stay up to date on my book talks, I read a lot of science fiction books. I really got into the genre around my adolescent and teen years, and my love for it just hasn’t quit. My husband and […]

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For those who enjoyed The Dutch House by Anne Patchett

December 28, 2020 – Chelsea Dunbar, Adult Services If you enjoyed… The Dutch House by Ann Patchett At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is […]

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Taking a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane

December 26, 2020 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator Greetings and Happy December! Can you believe we are already here? It has been both the longest and fastest year I feel like I have ever lived! It’s December 2020, but meanwhile, I’m living in March 2020, and in three months it will be March 2021! […]

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A (Brief) History of Christmas

December 23, 2020 – Adrianna Holt, Adult Services As everybody knows, Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. However, most people are not aware that for two millennia (millennia = 1 thousand years), people around the world have been celebrating this day with traditions and practices in many ways. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as […]

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Short Story Day

December 21, 2020 – Alli Boyer, Adult Services In case you aren’t familiar with random holidays, December 21 is Short Story Day (which also happens to be the shortest day of the year)! Short stories first became popular in the 1700s and 1800s, and are usually defined as being less than 20,000 words (according to […]

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Poet Laureate Day

December 20, 2020 – Alli Boyer, Adult Services As an English major and literature lover, I feel that Poet Laureate Day is a holiday that deserves more recognition.  What is a poet laureate, you may ask? Starting back in the 1300s, poet laureates have been officially appointed poets, usually by the governing body of a […]

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Book Review: Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee

December 7, 2020 – Sarah Vohsen, Adult Services This column was first published in the December 2020 issue of The Best Years (TBY). Sam Wyndham believes “a policeman with an opium habit is like a long-distance runner with his laces tied together.” He knows that the moment he messes up he will lose his career. […]

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