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10 Great Cover Songs

In some cases, the definitive version of a song is the cover version. Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” is inarguably the definitive version, despite the fact that it’s a Bob Dylan cover. Some artists, notably Nina Simone, possess an uncanny ability to make every song they performed feel like an original. There is also the equally rare gift of incorporating a known song into an original composition, and making something completely new.

Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Anthony Bourdain on June 8th.  He was one of my favorite food writers and television personalities.  A drug addict early in his cooking career, Bourdain turned his life around and became one of the most successful food personalities in America starting with his memoir Kitchen Confidential published in 2000.  With his success, Bourdain frequently advocated for the underdog.

Where Will Your Book Take You Next?

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? We have an additional Reading Challenge, just for teens and adults, this year. In honor of the theme ‘Reading Takes You Everywhere,’ if you read a book set in a country other than the United States, and fill out a Recommended Read postcard, you’ll be entered in a special ‘Where Has Reading Taken You?’ drawing.

Dinosaur Day

Dinosaurs are one of those subjects you might get interested in as a kid but never get too old or too cool to stop loving. When I was young, I was a self-proclaimed expert on all things dino. Unfortunately, as much as my passion for Jurassic Park remains, over the years I've forgotten many of the facts I used to cram my brain with.

Catching Up with the Classics: Howards End by E.M. Forster

Most of the classic novels I have read came to me as assigned reading in high school and college, which skewed heavily towards an American author bias.  Which is why, despite loving all the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala adaptations of Forster’s work, I hadn’t ever read one of his novels.  However, the recent BBC adaptation of H

Devils in the White City- and Beyond

Whether you’re interested in notorious murderers and serial killers or just into the Gaslight Era in general, we’ve got a great program for you. Devils in the White City and Beyond will explore some of the most notorious personalities from the 19th century. Register here to attend this Saturday, May 12. If you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions to read and watch.

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