• Books on food, travel, introspection at the library

    Memoir graphic novels form a backbone of alternative comics, from Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” and Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” to Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” and Ellen Forney’s “Marbles.” The comic format is uniquely suited to detailing the inner .

  • Buzz words: How to grow shrinking bee populations

    Honeybee pollination is thought to contribute an estimated $15 billion to agricultural crops each year. Unfortunately, the Sierra Club is currently reporting that U.S. beekeepers suffered the loss of 44 percent of their bee colonies this past year. While science is .

  • ‘American exceptionalism’ and its effects

    This important and highly readable book examines how the unique history of the United States has caused us to see the world differently than residents of many other countries, and how those different perspectives impact foreign policy and international cooperation.&.

  • YA novel gives glimpse into WWII Holland

    “Girl in the Blue Coat” is a compelling historical novel of survival, bravery and love set in Amsterdam during World War II. The story is narrated by Hanneke, a Dutch teenager who is adept at finding items through the black .

  • Summer book reviews from MHK library guests Screenshot 11

    Every summer a magical thing happens. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico, crowds converge in the library in June and July to craft, to play video games and to read. It’s a wonderful time of year that .

  • Essays explore gender, race in country music

    “Teaching jazz at a university? What is next? Teaching comic books?” This remark is attributed KSU President James McCain, a former English professor. The performance and scholarly study of jazz and, yes, of comic books (now dignified by the term “.

  • Unlikely defender of justice in ‘Orphan X’

    Orphan X is Evan Smoak. Actually, Smoak isn’t his last name; it’s one he and Jack Johns, an agent of an off-the-books agency of the U.S. government, agreed on. Evan is Orphan X because he was the 24.

  • In follow-up to ‘Quiet,’ Cain addresses introverted teens

    This book is a follow-up of the author’s hugely successful book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” In that book Cain talked about how society, especially mainstream American culture, is strongly structured .

  • Books that will stretch your mind in a good way Danielle Schapaugh

    I know a Canadian novelist who can take your heart places it never wanted to go while still making you happy you took the journey. The first book I read by Lori Lansens, simply called “The Girls,” is the story .

  • Intrigue, romance, art in ‘The Last Painting’

    Even readers who are not fans of Dutch art will be intrigued by this work of historical fiction. In the 17th century, the Guild of St. Luke controlled every part of artistic life in Low Countries. Readers may be familiar .

  • Brainstorm your summer reading list at MPL Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    On your mark, get set…READ!  The library’s annual summer reading program has begun. Everyone, from babies to seniors, can participate by keeping track of reading and earning prizes or tickets for prize drawings. So, what is on .

  • Rupi Kaur explores gender through poetry, prose, art

    The first heartbreak a young girl encounters will sting and feel like death from the poisoned tip of a backstabbing arrow. As she matures, there will be more traumas, loves and lost loves, sad music, violent themes and additional painful .


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