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Recipes for a 5-Star Library (with contributions by yours truly)

The Maintainit project has released another Joy of computing Cookbook. If you look closely, you will see that on Page three under the acknowledgments, I am listed as being from the Cass County Public library…. everyone gets that wrong… it … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84 – New York Times

Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84 – New York Times RIP Mr. Vonnegut “So it goes”        

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Google Book Search: Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Google Book Search: Celebrate Your Freedom to Read Google and ALA have “Mashed up” the Find in a library feature with the ALA Banned Books week page….kinda cool.

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V for Vigorous, Vivacious, Virtuous Video

V for Vendetta (Widescreen Edition)

IMDB

Year: 2006

Length: 133 minutes

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC for dvd: 012569736603

Rating: 4 out of 5
I think that with the 1984 and Brave New World aspects of this film, it would be an excellent candidate for a Banned Books Week Screening @ your Library. A Showing along with a discussion of the Graphic Novel that it is based on would bring it all together….oh yeah… this movie kicks butt and there are lots of cool explosions, so make sure that your sound system is up to snuff!

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The Brief History of the Dead is Entertaining

The Brief History of the Dead: A novel

Rating: 3 out of 5

Author: Kevin Brockmeier

Year: 2006

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0375423699

There are two types of dead. Those who have died and someone alive still remembers them, and those who have died, and there is no one left to remember them. This book chronicles the “life” of the newly dead who have people left in the world of the living who still have a memory of them. As the last living person who remembers them dies, they disappear.

It is also the story of Laura Bird, an Antarctic researcher, who appears to be the last person alive on Earth. A plague has been spread through the Coca-Cola supply to the inhabitants of the world. A little cheesy perhaps, but the way the author interweaves the two stories is entertaining and thought provoking. It really makes you think about the connections we all make while we are alive.

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