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The fates have smiled on Urbana, and we are thrilled to have Comics Lover, Scholar, and Activist Carol Tilley on hand for our Read more about Carol Tilley - Comics Crusader - comes to Comic Con at Urbana Free Library!
The 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio, with millions of people around the world tuning in for the sports and the spectacle promised by the global competition. Want to know more about the modern Olympic Games and their history? Here are a few new titles to get you started! Read more about It's time for the Olympics!
Are you a birdwatcher? Do you enjoy identifying those delightful feathered creatures that haunt your bird feeder? But do you know how birds communicate? Do you know that songbirds around the world are endangered? Here are two recent documentary DVDs that go beyond avian identification. Read more about Beyond birdwatching
Books about young women are one of the big trends this summer, and we even had a display recently of novels with titles that included the word “girl” or “girls.” There were so many to choose from! Recently I read two new books in this category, both of which feature teenage girls seeking connection and friendship with other young women, only to find something more complicated, and maybe even sinister. Read more about The Girls of Summer
Most everyone has heard of "cringe humor"--the kind of awkward humor that makes you shudder and want to be somewhere else. The best way I can describe "Horns" might therefore be "cringe horror". You'll shudder and want to get away, but the horrific ideas and scenarios put forward will hold you captive even when you aren't reading... Read more about Horns - by Joe Hill
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday this summer, on August 25th, and there have been several books published recently to mark the occasion. I wish I could take part in the celebration by visiting one of our 59 National Parks this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen. I can, however, get a taste of the beauty and power of the diverse American landscapes our National Parks encompass with a little armchair travel! Read more about Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of America's National Parks