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Crazy Busy!!!

  Summer is busy.  We get that.  But the new phrase I’m hearing is “crazy busy.”  As in, “I’m sorry I can’t make it to your birthday party, we’re just crazy busy right now!” My question is, when does “busy” become “crazy busy?”  Is there an intrinsic level of insanity that reaches a

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Words, Words, Words!

I love words. Absolutely LOVE them! So here’s a list of a few of my favorites (emphasis on few), along with a brief, sometimes Rachelized definition. macabre – gruesome or horrifying, often used in reference to death lugubrious – gloomy or dismal, especially in an exaggerated manner; frequently used in reference to my mood

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Don’t Judge, But DO Try it!

Sometimes you may look at a book and think, “Nah.  That cover art looks so boring!  I won’t even bother looking at it.”  But then you somehow hear about it; perhaps from a friend, on the radio, maybe even reviews in a magazine or newspaper.  It actually sounds kind of interesting.  You

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Front Page News

I was looking for an obituary a few days ago that I knew would be somewhere in late August of 1941.  Maybe early September, if the paper was slow getting the news.  But here’s the thing about searching through the microfilm of old newspapers:  you can’t not read the headlines. And this

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Nat’l Library Week: We Can Get That for You!

I hate telling people no.  Or pets for that matter, as my spoiled dog would tell you if he could talk.  But I really, really hate it when I have to answer someone with the negative. Which is one reason I love inter-library loans (ILL). Our library collection is, by physical and monetary necessity, limited. 

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Nat’l Library Week: The McPherson Room

Researching your family history?  Desperately trying to remember the last name of that old high school chum?  Devastatingly curious about the tunnels that supposedly exist under the streets of McPherson? The McPherson Room is the place for you!  So much more than a stuffy room full of dusty books, The McPherson Room

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Microwave Mentality

Few people would disagree that America today has what I like to call a “microwave mentality.”  We want things when we want them – right now – and sometimes we are willing to sacrifice quality in the name of brevity. Just like microwaving a frozen dinner instead of taking the time to prepare a

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I have been told by numerous people to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. “It’s so incredible,” they’d tell me. “You’ll just love it!” I didn’t love it. And that’s ok. Maybe this book just isn’t for me.  Maybe I’m not in the right mood for it.  Maybe the style in

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My Surprise Find

A few days ago, a patron brought back an audiobook, saying that it was skipping.  How frustrating to get halfway through a book, then miss a part because all you hear is eh—so—we—then—!  It’s like listening to the edited version of rap. Still, I ended up benefiting from this disaster.  After cleaning the

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Don’t Be Surprised if You See . . .

At the library, we tend to meet all kinds of people from various walks of life –  it is a great place for people with different interests and backgrounds to come together.  Here is just a sampling of the fascinating people we might meet at the library: The cowboy who likes to read about alternative energy.