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09/19/2009 - 7:26am

Oprah has selected Say You're One of Them, "an awe-inspiring collection of stories that challenges you to look beyond the headlines and see an Africa full of both joy and despair.

09/16/2009 - 11:32am

The CW Network recently premiered  "The Vampire Diaries," a show based on the series by the same name written by  L. J. Smith.

08/16/2010 - 4:45pm

Talk about hearing voices in your head. On New World, all men, boys, and animals can hear each other's thoughts, also called "noise." There's ways to cover up or mask your thoughts, but it's hard to do. Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, on the cusp of his 13th birthday, which will make him a man. One day, while running an errand, he notices a silence in the noise - something that has never happened before - and comes upon someone who changes his perception of his world forever.

09/14/2009 - 11:41am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This week’s poem is by a high school student, Michelle Bennett, who lives in Tukwila, Washington, and here she is taking a look at what comes next, Western Washington University in Bellingham, with everything new about it, including opportunity.


Western

09/11/2009 - 2:30pm

It's been eight years, but the loss our nation sustained on that terrible day in September is undiminished by changing times.

09/11/2009 - 2:13pm

THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.

Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".

Some other books you may enjoy:

09/11/2009 - 2:21pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Diane Glancy is one of our country’s Native American poets, and I recently judged her latest book, Asylum in the Grasslands, the winner of a regional competition. Here is a good example of her clear and steady writing.

Indian Summer

09/03/2009 - 12:40pm

Porter:
Friday, September 4 - Thursday, September 10 (Library closed Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7)
Friday, October 2 - Thursday, October 8

Salem Church:
Friday, September 18 – Thursday, September 24
Friday, October 16 – Thursday, October 22


Headquarters:

October 17–21, 2009: Fall BIG Book Sale

See more book sale dates.

08/31/2009 - 4:05pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

I’ve built many wren houses since my wife and I moved to the country 25 years ago. It’s a good thing to do in the winter. At one point I had so many extra that in the spring I set up at a local farmers’ market and sold them for five dollars apiece. I say all this to assert that I am an authority at listening to the so small voices that Thomas R. Smith captures in this poem. Smith lives in Wisconsin.

Baby Wrens’ Voices

08/25/2009 - 5:01pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This column originates on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at the beginning of each semester, we see parents helping their children move into their dorm rooms and apartments and looking a little shaken by the process. This wonderful poem by Sue Ellen Thompson of Maryland captures not only a moment like that, but a mother’s feelings as well.

Helping My Daughter Move into Her First Apartment

This is all I am to her now:
a pair of legs in running shoes,

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