The Man Behind Big Bird

Remembering Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street puppeteer. I first heard of Caroll Spinney while reading Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. It's a fascinating tell-all that describes the beginnings of Sesame Street and its evolution. Spinney, who recently passed away at age 85, was the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and…
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World Violin Day

Music lovers, celebrate World Violin Day on December 13! Violins are the mainstays of the classical music world, but did you know they've only been around for about 500 years and originated in Italy? It takes over 70 pieces of wood to make a violin and they can be quite expensive: currently, the most expensive…
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Great Scott!

I love, love, LOVE Scottish bands. The Other James Kirk It's always terribly exciting to find a new song by an artist you love. It happened to me this past weekend when I was browsing Freegal, SMCL's downloadable music service. It was a song by an obscure Scottish group called Port Sulphur. As I was…
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A Giraffe Obsession

World Giraffe Day is celebrated on the longest day of the year: Friday, June 21, 2019. Giraffe Love Sometimes I'll arrive at the library and there's a little present on my desk from coworkers. A giraffe t-shirt, a giraffe notepad, the newest giraffe book, a mini giraffe Lego kit... Once there was even a large…
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My Brilliant Friend

HBO's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend is bellissimo! A Love Story With Books I married my husband, Ole, because he's fun, hilarious, adorable, cerebral...and a reader! When I first saw his bookshelves, I was like, "Ooh la la!" And, "Wow, he really likes Jonathan Franzen." One of our first disagreements was over a…
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Basketball Books

Lately, I've been reading lots of basketball books--not really on purpose, there just happen to be so many great ones out there right now. Seems like some authors who play ball are also excellent writers! Here are four to check out. The Crossover Josh is having a hard time: his dad is having mysterious health…
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