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  • Ready for fun? Celebrate ‘Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week’ Laura Ransom

    “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week” is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen book during the week of Nov. 16-22. I am .

  • ‘Hostess’ answers all the party questions

    Family, friends and co-workers who love to cook and socialize could be entertaining company during the holidays. Whether it’s a party of two, eight, 15 or 30, they can acquire some sensible guidelines and etiquette from Susan Spungen’s “What’s .

  • New Grisham novel tackles coal industry

    As in his novel “Runaway Jury,” in which John Grisham exposed the deceit of the tobacco industry, Grisham’s “Gray Mountain”  portrays the Appalachian coal industry as a moneymaking machine that is destroying the pristine beauty of the mountains .

  • Book inspires program for future entrepreneurs

    “Who Owns the Ice House?” That’s not a question one hears every day. This unusual question is the name of a book that has helped inspire the creation of an entrepreneurship program being utilized in Kansas and beyond. Jim .

  • Gates expands PBS ancestry show with new book

    “Finding Your Roots” is the companion volume to the PBS series of the same name hosted by author Henry Louis Gates Jr. It contains stories of Gates and his staff searching for the roots of some (more-or-less) famous people, as .

  • Hope, mystery surround rare buffalo calf

    In August, a white buffalo calf was born at Armstrong Creek Bison, northeastern Wisconsin, and Native American peoples across the nation celebrated this portent of great blessings. According to Lakota Sioux legend, the white buffalo calf is a sacred omen .

  • What’s the big deal about the Big Read? Librarian.danielle.schapaugh.phatch

    In Manhattan, we are honoring veterans with this year’s Big Read program by choosing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about the war in Vietnam, “The Things They Carried.” Though the days of the Vietnam War are long .

  • Story of the ‘Evil’ side of Rome

    Michele Balistreri’s Rome is not the Rome tourists see. The Trevi Fountain, the Forum and the Spanish Steps get a few mentions, as do the Borghese Garden. Balistreri even pays several visits to the Vatican. But his Rome is .

  • Past and present, beauty and deterioration blur in ‘Unravished’

    A recurring theme within Hester Kaplan’s 2014 short-story collection, “Unravished,” is the disillusionment between an individual within a larger community and that which was once beautiful. In “Unravished,” the book’s title story, for instance, Alice, the protagonist, struggles between .

  • With Thanksgiving just around the corner, read up on its history Susan.withee.librarian1

    The holiday season is upon us and we’re counting down to Thanksgiving. I like Thanksgiving; for a major holiday, it remains relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s comparatively free of the cumbersome traditions, frenetic activities, and crippling expenditures that .

  • ‘All the Light’ shines with perspective

    “All the Light We Cannot See” is a beautifully crafted story that depicts World War II through the eyes of two teenagers: Marie-Laure, who grows up in Paris, and Werner, who grows up an orphan in Germany. Their lives are .

  • ‘Approval Fix’ seeks world of honesty

    Many individuals want to be liked. They are consistent in their desire to please others. Why does it matter so much to seek approval from your wife, husband, best friend, mother or father, brother or sister, company boss and even .





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