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It’s All in How You Phrase It

Do you ever get so attached to the characters you’re reading about that you begin to care for them as if they were real people?  Recently I was listening to the audiobook version of To Kill a Mockingbird and inadvertently created a plot twist that did not exist.  I must admit, I

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Words, Words, Words!

p5rn7vb 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

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Spark a Reaction at MPL!

Schoooool’s out for the summer!  Finally!  It’s here! SUMMER BREAK!  This means teens will have A LOT of time on their hands. However, have no fear! Each week in June and July, we will have some awesome things going on just for teens (6th-12th grade)! And they’re all FREE! Check out the

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The Supreme Sacrifice

Memorial Day rolls around again. Many of us will make a trek to a cemetery to place flowers on the headstones of relatives and friends long departed. Somehow it all seems remote and distant — those long gone saints and heroes. But the past came back with haunting echoes recently as I

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Mandy and Liz on the Road

Mrs. Mandy and Mrs. Liz visited each of the 4 public elementary schools last week to talk about the library summer reading program. Boo bubbles, made with dry ice, were a big hit.  We hope to see many kids this summer as we celebrate with weekly science themes including electricity, magnets and

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It’s in the Bottle

One of the rewards of being a librarian is that I get to select the new books for the adult collection.  I’m always on the lookout for non-fiction that is unique, and I think that I have located one of the most unique books of the year.  A Collector’s Guide to Kansas

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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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Librarians as Control-F Keys

I remember the days when people came to the front desk asking us to look up the capitol city of Azerbaijan or the lines of a Kipling poem. And we actually looked those things up in BOOKS!  What role is left for library staff to play in an era where this kind

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An Old Photography Shop

People request all sorts of information at the library:  from the mundane to the downright strange, we get them all.  Just this last month, I received an email requesting a number from the McPherson Telephone Directory from 1947. The man was writing a book set in McPherson during that era and wanted to be

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Read it Before Hollywood Does

It’s been a common perception for a great many years that the Hollywood movie machine can take a book and turn it into a screenplay that has little in common with the story of the original author.  Movies have been made about it!  But in most cases — whether it’s in real