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America's Worst Charities

You get a flyer in the mail for a charitable organization seeking donations for a cause that speaks to you. Maybe it's cancer, disabled police officers and firefighters, veterans, or diseases affecting children. The flyer features bold images and effective stories that move you to contribute. You take out your checkbook and pause before putting the pen to paper, thinking, how do I know if this charity is legit? How much of my money actually will go to help the cause itself?

Sadly, not all charities are as charitable as others, and some seem to be most charitable with their own solicitors, hence the list of America's Worst Charities. This list, a partnership between the Tampa Bay Times, Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN, showcases charities based on the amount of donations used to pay the professional solicitors charged with raising it. The result, as you see in the list, very small percentages of total donations ever reach those in need.

Apocalypse Cow.

It's Zombie Cows, what more do you need to know?

It's a Mystery 6/8/2013

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Cozies Revisited

Several years ago I posted a blog about the subgenre of Mysteries known as Cozies.  Today these continue to be one of the most popular types of mystery.  As previously written, there are a number of characteristics that make a mystery a cozy.  They include:

June is Audiobook Month!

Celebrate by listening to one of these 2013 Audie nominated titles! Enjoying audiobooks from your library has never been easier with CD, Playaway, and downloadable formats. Check one out today!

Freegal Top Tens!

Freegal Top Tens!  Freegal Top Tens! Did I say that they’re FREE??

Summer Vacation Movies

I don’t know about you, but even though the official start of summer is sometime around June 21, the REAL start of summer, for me, is as soon as school lets out. As soon as that last bell rings and the last bus roars by it is SUMMER—time to break out the sunglasses and fall asleep in a hammock!

A fond farewell to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen passed away last week at the age of 93. He was a groundbreaking pioneer in the world of special effects for films. His work inspired other filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, as well as a host of amateurs with clay and a camera in their parents basement.

The Sports Section - Local Action

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There are a lot of sporting events being held in the Cleveland area this summer and fall, many of them attracting an international field of participants.  In chronological order, here are some activities that might be worth a look.

May 22-25 - 2013 MAC Baseball Tournament

Eight teams will compete for the Mid-American Conference Baseball Championship at All-Pro Freight Staduim in Avon, Ohio.  http://www.mac-sports.com/Championships/Baseball2013.aspx

May 29 - U. S. Soccer Men's National Team vs. Belgium - 8 pm

This is only the third time that the U.S. team has appeared in Cleveland - it will be a tune-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.  You can see the game at First Energy Stadium - Home of the Cleveland Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium works better for me!).

Rainy Day Fun

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Playful Parent!  WPPL’s Youth Services     collection includes many great books on crafts, activities, party games, boredom buster books, experiments for home and school and much more.  I will strive to get your cre

Guides for Your Mobile Devices

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Here at WPPL, we field questions about new mobile devices all the time. Do you have one? If so, we have a fat stack of guides to help you learn how to use it. These guides will help you learn everything you can do with your device, not just ebooks.

We even have some in ebook format for iPads and Nook Tablet via our ebook vendor, Overdrive

This picture shows what we have right now among our new non-fiction books. And if you have an older device sitting in your junk drawer, we might have a guide that will help you, too.