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Reality Bytes
What do the MTV Video Music Video Awards and Madden NFL have in common? Both were subjects of critiques in the August 27, New York Times that offered reflections on “reality”. The best way to engage with the VMA show, we read, was not to actually watch...
Posted: 8/29/2013 10:16 AM in Stacked
Library Tourism
Perhaps many Mercantile Library patrons, when visiting other cities, seek out the main library of the metropolis, if only for a quick lookabout. Helps one take the measure of a place. I most recently set foot in the Cleveland and Denver public libraries....
Posted: 8/27/2013 10:02 AM in Stacked
Weekend Reading: The Broken Shore
Our colleague the Art Maven gave us her slightly used copy of Peter Temple’s Australian crime novel The Broken Shore a few weeks ago with her recommendation. Our late friend the Brooklyn Novelist told us years ago that we should read anything Australian...
Posted: 8/26/2013 10:39 AM in Stacked
Libriomancer at Large
Isacc is not your typical librarian. He is a “Libriomancer,” someone who has the ability to draw objects out of books. When local vampires show up to kill him, he gets the idea that this is not going to be a typical week at the Library. With a little...
Posted: 8/26/2013 10:21 AM in Off the Shelf @ CCPL
The Mercantile is on Goodreads
The Mercantile Library now has a community on Goodreads. It’s open to everyone. Sign up and start discussing. -Norm De Plume
Posted: 8/22/2013 9:55 AM in Stacked
Weeklong Reading: The Power Broker
The Wolfe pack gathered by the shore of a nearby Great Lake last week. Our beach reading was The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s epic take on New York’s late Park, Roads, and Housing Czar Robert Moses. We could not put it down. And not just because it weighed...
Posted: 8/21/2013 9:36 AM in Stacked
Asocial Media
A study reported in the latest issue of The Economist magazine found that using Facebook made people more miserable. The study was small (n = 82) and limited to volunteers in their late teens and early 20’s. Still, it’s consistent with a larger study...
Posted: 8/20/2013 9:16 AM in Stacked
One Shakespeare company in its time imparts many plays
This year, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, our Canon Club partners, will become one of only five theaters in the US to have put on all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. That’s a big deal. One thing people – especially non-native residents – often say about...
Posted: 8/16/2013 9:20 AM in Stacked
Enjoy eBooks & more with the all-new OverDrive Media Console v3.0!
Reading eBooks from the Ohio eBook Project and SEO Library Consortium (located on the Downloads section of the library’s website) is now easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), has been completely...
Posted: 8/15/2013 12:42 PM in Off the Shelf @ CCPL
Books with Buzz
Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt: An account of the author’s cross-country move and role in establishing a dog rescue foundation describes the unanticipated challenges encountered while transporting more than two dozen dogs to a new home in Maine. The Husband’s...
Posted: 8/15/2013 10:20 AM in Off the Shelf @ CCPL

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