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The Dropkick Murphys Wish You Happy St Patrick's Day And In Turn Wish A Friend A Grand Farewell

Album cover to Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style

What better way to celebrate the passing of a fictional, working class, Irish immigrant then basing an album on his life and times? So bow your heads and let the Dropkick Murphys tell you a tale...

"Going Out in Style," the 12th album from Boston Celtic punk outfit, Dropkick Murphys, spins a eulogy of Cornelius Larkin, an Irish immigrant and Korean War veteran with a rough and tumble life that spans the 13 tracks of the release and even includes an obituary in the liner notes. The album jumps between old world Irish folk and the Dropkick's punk-infused take on it, which does not stray far from the sound the band has developed over the years.

Historical Fiction Set in Ireland

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.

Ready for a Healthy Change?

Fruit!

Ready to get healthier but don't know where to start? Fresh City Life My Branch has a few places for you to begin!

On Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch, learn about the health benefits of yoga from Michelle Corriell, Registered Yoga Teacher and owner of neighborhood studio Harmony Yoga. Michelle will answer common questions that people have about starting a yoga practice and help you decide if it's right for you. You don't have to be flexible to try yoga, and you don't have to be of a certain age or ability level, either!

Text a call number to your mobile phone

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No need for pencil and paper, text a call number to yourself or a friend by clicking on the cell phone icon next to the availability information for an item.

It's quick and easy to text a call number to your mobile phone. Simply find the library item in the online catalog, click on the availability button, and you will see a cell phone icon next to the call number. Click on the icon, type in your 10 digit phone number, select a carrier, and send! (charges from your carrier may apply)

Who Says Hard Copy Print is Dead?

Magazines: The Power of Print

Seems rather redundant for an advertisement about magazines to get a two page spread in lots of magazines lately. Then again, the magazine industry just wants to bust some myths about the printed word.

Visit Magazines: The Power of Print and you'll see some surprising statistics.

Lammy Finalists Announced Today

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.

With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.

City Tales: Chicago

sin in the second city

Did you know that the nickname the "Windy City" is derived not from the city's weather, but from the reputation of politicians in the late 1800s to boast about the city?

This nickname came into play as Chicago and New York were vying to be named host to the 1893 World’s Fair. Ultimately, Chicago won the honor and thus we have the strange and fascinating tale, Devil in the White City.

Currently engrossed with Erik Larson’s fantastic story, I have discovered two additional strange but true tales about Chi-Town to add to my reading list:

Voice Actors Make it Possible

Enduring the same cartoons and repeats of Disney full-length feature films with kids can be exhausting.  To make it through the fifth showing of SpongeBob SquarePants, I now play a game:  Whose voice is that?!  

Many actors are now leading double lives as voice actors or voiceover actors.  Their talents make watching repeats possible for me.  Here are a few of my recent discoveries:

Curious about Religions?

With Easter, Passover, and Purim coming up you may have questions about the celebrations, their significance, or just about the beliefs of those who celebrate.

Many resources are available for those with curious minds. The Teaching Company has classes taught by professors both on CD and DVD. Do you want a little bit on information without delving into an entire book? Try a children’s book.

Happy Pi Day!

Celebrate Pi Day (3/14) today! Celebrate the mathematical constant by watching one of these great films that exalt mathematics or feature mathematicians! Did you know that the current record for the decimal expansion of pi stands at 5 trillion digits!!

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