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Adult Book Blog Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

The Couponing Librarian will teach you how to make a change for very little change by using coupons to get items at deep discounts or for free that you can donate to organizations that help others.

The Edge: A blog about Occult philosophy, depth psychology, ancient times, future times and the frontiers of science.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

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It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts. In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Local History narrated by librarian Zac Springer

The Media Maven's goal is to help you understand what resources and databases the library has access to, how to use them, and sometimes give reviews to books she thinks you might enjoy.

Music Musings on Monday features music news, releases, and everyday musings..

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

Sites for Baby Boomers

PC Magazine has a great list, "Top 10 Sites for Baby Boomers".

There are sites focused on retirement, finding post-retirement employment, and aging; blogs: "boomergirl" and "I Remember JFK"; and online communities for boomers.

It's a Mystery

A Brief History of the Mystery

Welcome to the first posting of It's a Mystery.  For those of you who share an interest in reading mysteries, I hope to bring you information about the mystery genre, including trends, author information, news about forthcoming books and lots more.

A brief history of the mystery takes us back to ancient times when playwrights Sophocles and Euripides wove mysteries into their dramas.  But the man known as the "father of the mystery story" is Edgar Allan Poe, who introduced the first fiction detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in The Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1841.  Other writers who influenced Poe and the early mystery genre were Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.  The Leavenworth Case, penned by Anna Katherine Green in 1878, is the first mystery story written by a woman.

Arthur C Clarke, science fiction legend, dies at 90

SF legend Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

 

Clarke was a visionary--credited with the idea of communications satellites--and deep sea explorer, but he recently said he would like to be remembered most as a Science Fiction writer.

 

To read the Associated Press obituary, click here.

Compelling and Tense Fiction!

The Painter of Battles By Arturo Perez-Reverte This latest novel from a popular Spanish author focuses on a world-weary war photographer who is now living in a tower off the coast of Spain. His solitary life is abruptly broken when a battle scarred soldier visits him. Together, they wrestle over issues of war, love, art, and revenge. A wonderfully written and contemporary read!

The role of chess in world culture

"The immortal game" was a casual game of chess played in London in 1851 between two chess tournament participants away from the competition, that become an historic match.

Get Ready for March Madness with Statsheet.com

College basketball fans are gearing up for the big tournament. A great site dedicated to college basketball is StatSheet.com. The site features rankings, news, stats, scores, and much more. You can get widgets to embed stats for a particular game in your blog, web page, etc.

Whether you're into March "bracketology" or just a rabid fan, this site will keep the basketball fan happy (until they're been knocked out of the office pool on the first day of the tournament).

Eifelheim: A deep blend of Historical and Science Fiction

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn Tom is a cliologist, a mathematical historian (Flynn's own term, analogous to Asimov's "psychohistory"), struggling to understand why the German town of Eifelheim, abandoned during the Black Plague, was never resettled. Sharon, Tom's girlfriend and a physicist, drives him out of the apartment to the library so she can complete her own contemplations, which will prove paramount in resolving Tom's questions.

Lunar Eclipse Webcasts!

"Live" eclipse webcasts

Too cold to stand outside? Clouds covering the Moon? Watch from the comfort of your keyboard! During the eclipse (see info at right margin) check out the following links recommended by SpaceWeather.com for "live" webcasts of the event. Of course, if the weather is clear be sure and take a look at the eclipse from your own back yard... there's nothing like seeing it with your own eyes! See my earlier post about the eclipse for more information and online resources. Note: there's an error in that post... the Moon will begin to brighten in the wee hours of Thursday morning, NOT Sunday!

Live webcasts: from the Canary Islands; from Norway; from Iran; from Columbus, Georgia; from the Netherlands; from Belgium; from Spain; and another from Spain.

Are you "inta" social networking sites? Check out "Iminta.com"

If you digg, flickr, youtube, etc., and want to have a single profile to share with friends, check out Iminta.com. Now, keeping up with all of your friends' accounts is much easier.

Whatever you do on your social network sites, your iminta profile is automatically updated. You can collect your profiles from other sites as a single feed, or break it up to determine who sees what. This variable approach to privacy is novel, and worth keeping an eye on

Lunar Eclipse Feb. 20

The weather isn't looking promising but weather or not {get it?} the sky cooperates, there will be a total lunar eclipse Wednesday night, Feb. 20. Given clear skies, it's a show not to be missed and it's a "prime time" event!

You can get a great view of it from their own back yard without need of a telescope. If the sky is clear just step outside and look at the Moon at about 9 PM when the eclipse (technically already underway) should begin to become noticeable. Check back occasionally over the next hour or so as the Moon moves deeper into Earth's shadow. Adding to the spectacle will be the bright ringed planet Saturn which will shine like a golden star near the then-darkened Moon. By 10:00 the Moon will be in full eclipse. It won't begin to brighten again until about 11:00 and will be back to its full brilliance in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from here will take place in the early morning hours of December 21, 2010.

An observing chart and more details are available via several online sources. Here are two very good resources: