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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.

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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.

Natural Treasures

Summer is finally here and I’m so happy to be able to tell my kids “go outside and play!”  Some of this month’s activity ideas come from I Love Dirt!  52 Activities to help you and your kids discover the wo

Is it 1984 in 2013?

Is it any wonder that Amazon Sales of George Orwell's 1984 Shot Up 7,000% this week?

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!).