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Agnès Varda and the French New Wave

Editor’s Note: Agnès Varda was born May 30, 1928. To celebrate her birthday, Dylan explores how Varada’s work influenced and was influenced by the French New Wave film movement By Dylan May   The French New Wave is a film movement that began in the late fifties and early sixties, particularly in France, and soon […]
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Female Directors and the Academy Awards

By Dylan May   As the 93rd Academy Awards came to a close this past month, history was made multiple times that night. Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari, becoming the first Korean person to win the award. Emerald Fennell became the second solo woman to win an Oscar for […]
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Poet Profile: Ocean Vuong

Editor’s note: To wrap up and celebrate National Poetry Month, Jared dives into the life and works of Vietnamese-American poet and author Ocean Vuong. Check out the books we have by Ocean Vuong in our collection and online here. By Jared Mohr-Leiva “One writes out of one thing only—one’s own experience. Everything depends on how […]
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Literary Birthdays. April 22. Vladimir Nabokov

The Lesser-known Works of Vladimir Nabokov

This week, to celebrate Vladimir Nabokov’s birthday, Dylan introduces us to some lesser-known works by the author. See the Nabokov works in the library catalog. By Dylan May   Vladimir Nabokov was born April 22, 1899, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a wealthy family. Living a rather charmed life, Nabokov was trilingual at an early […]
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Famous Birthdays: April 3 Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando and the Beat Generation

By Dylan May   Following the boom of the 1940s, the 1950s saw an interesting time in America. The economic boom resulted in a rather stable period. Challenges against social norms were cropping up all throughout the country, the civil rights movement was gaining momentum, and the rejection of America as it had been was […]
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Joan Crawford: A Life Through Film

By Dylan May Born on March 23, 1904, as Lucille LeSueur, Joan Crawford dreamed of becoming a dancer. Crawford’s life mirrored that of many characters that she would later play. Born to a poor family, Crawford worked her way from school janitor to Hollywood star. This ‘rags-to-riches’ trope appears in a majority of Crawford’s films […]
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Libby Tips and Tricks

By Kathi Wilhelm   Libby is an IOS, Android, and browser app that lets you check out digital books, audiobooks, and magazines through your library. All you need is your library card!   Getting Started Step 1: Download the app or visit the website The Libby app can be downloaded from your phone’s app store […]
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Board Games: Then and Now

Our circulating board game collection is back! This blog post will introduce the history of board games and give suggestions for new games based on some classics that you already enjoy. To check out a board game fill out this form.   By Tyler Brown When you hear “board games” what comes to mind? Many […]
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Literary Birthdays: Toni Morrison

By Dylan May Toni Morrison was born 90 years ago today. Read more about her works and life and check out books by Toni Morrison from our collection! As the first Black woman to win the Nobel for Literature, Toni Morrison was a once-in-a-lifetime author, with an incredible grasp of the written word. The author […]
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Literary Birthdays: February 7 Charles Dickens

Literary Birthdays: Charles Dickens

By Dylan May Charles Dickens’ birthday is February 7th. To celebrate our new Circulation Assistant Dylan has written up a quick introduction to Dickens and his novel Bleak House.   Check out Bleak House from the library. Check out more works by Charles Dickens.    Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. […]
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