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EEEEEK! Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Bram Stoker Award statuette of haunted house

The Hugos' rocket trophy is pretty cool and the Agathas' teacup is cozy, but the Bram Stokers' gargoyled, rat-infested haunted house award is the creepiest!

The Stokers have been awarded by the Horror Writers Association since 1987 and the latest winners were announced at their convention in Portland last month. The winners are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

Congratulations, by the way :: Great Commencement Speeches

Congratulations, by the way

Graduation season is upon us.  Regardless whether it’s kindergarten, high school, or college, graduations mark unique accomplishments and should be well celebrated.  Often they also indicate impending life transitions that can be swelling with both peril and promise. 

National Doughnut Day - Friday, June 6th

National Donut Day

Friday, June 6th is National Donut Day. Established by the Salvation Army in 1938, National Donut Day honors the men and women who served donuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I. Check out the Salvation Army’s short film about it here.

Plaza Voices: Dewey Diaries - 786.9

Video still of musician Aneudy Arias

Check out this beautiful video piece, the latest in the Dewey Diaries video series by Case Drury. In it, local musician and native of the Dominican Republic Aneudy Arias speaks with us about music, drumming, and his favorite call number, 786.9. Don't forget to look for his band, Mono Verde!

Remembering Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/vincent-harding-dead-died_n_5358585.htm

On May 19. 2014 the world said goodbye to Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, former Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology, in Denver Colorado.

Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, civil rights activist, historian, theologian, and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us all with a more definitive approach, towards understanding the ongoing struggle of civil rights and social responsibility.

Look Below The Surface of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.

Did You Miss This?

Cover art, The Empanada Brotherhood

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

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Plaza Voices: Found in Translation

Cover of Isabel Allende's novel "Zorro"

Take a moment to think about your all-time-favorite, can't-do-without book... chances are fairly high that whatever book you came up with was originally written in a language other than English. While it is often debated exactly how much meaning is lost in translation, I know that I am grateful to be able to experience the works of authors like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy without knowing a word of Russian (other than "Niet").

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