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Peering into Windows by Cindy Hulsey

Riding in the backseat of our Impala as a child I got a feeling of guilty pleasure from peering into the lit windows we passed.  There was something intriguing about catching glimpses of activity in other homes.  A quick look into an apartment window and I could see that other people lived differently than I did.  I wanted to know their stories.  I still have this impulse, and must admit that I still can’t resist glancing into lit windows, but rather than veer off into a dangerous (not to mention illegal) pastime, I learned to channel my obsession into the more socially acceptable hobby of

Work It Out by Rebecca Howard

Everyone has experienced a bad job or two.  Some of us have experienced soul-sucking, hope-killing, brain-numbing, and bad with a capital “b” jobs.  I only have to think to the late 1990s when I worked for a small advertising company that produced on hold messages.  “Your business is important to us.  Please stay on the line and someone will be with you momentarily.”  Yeah, that stuff.  I was the person who wrote that.  Sorry. 

The Voices in My Head by Rebecca Howard

There are characters in fiction that occupy my head, and I suspect you have these too.   Serious readers take their fiction seriously and rightly so.  Fiction can shine a light on different facets of reality and speak to emotional, spiritual and universal truths.  I love it when an author creates such developed and distinctive characters that they remain with you for weeks, months, and even years after you complete a novel.  There are the classic characters, of course, that many people would cite as being indelible—Heathcliff, Pip, Elizabeth Bennett, Jay Gatsby, Atticus Finch, the list goe

Storytime for Adults by Laura Raphael

While the Central Library is closed for a (much-needed) renovation, many Central employees like me are working at branch libraries. After 9 years at Central, 7 ½ of those in the Readers’ Library department, I’m sad to be away from my downtown readers and fellow librarians. Despite this, I will admit that there is something exciting about being in a new place and learning new things.

Trying to entertain babies and toddlers during a weekly storytime is certainly new!

Slow Burn Books by Rebecca Howard

On the week before Banned Book Week, I’m reluctant to type “burn” and “book” in the same sentence.  However, “slow burn” is probably the best way to describe the pacing and the key appeal of The Silent Wife—a recent psychological thriller by A.S.A. Harrison.  With book jacket blurbs from the likes of Elizabeth George and S.J.

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