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1. Dr. Strangelove (1964) Featuring George C. Scott, Peter Sellers and a very young James Earl Jones, Stanley Kubrick’s classic film tackles the absurdity of the Cold War and the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction in the only sane way  -...

The Library in Spring.So spring took a little longer getting here this year. But now that’s it’s here - for good this time-  it’s time to get busy. The library has lots of resources to help you shake off the winter cold...

Looking for a way to keep track of what books you read? Ever checked out a book from the library, got home and started reading it, only to realize "I've already read this!"Let me suggest something to help.LibraryThing is a simple and cheap way to...

A fascinating story out of Britain today: the remains of the last Plantagenet king, Richard III, have been identified after being discovered under a municipal parking lot. Richard was killed in battle against Henry Tudor (subsequently known at King Henry VII) and the whereabouts of...

Five living US presidents. In just a few days, Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States. All politics aside, the peaceful and orderly investing of power (or in this case, the re-investing of power) that happens every...

It’s almost here, Anglophiles! Season 3 of Downton Abbey begins on Sunday January 6!If you want to enhance your Downton experience or find a fix for those days when the suspense around Matthew and Lady Mary's romance just isn't enough, you might enjoy some...

Nobody ever says they want to write the great American short story. Or the great American novella. It’s the novel, always the novel. This is a shame. These literary forms - the short story and the novella - can be every bit...

There’s nothing like the End. Pestilence. Famine. War. Rumors of the war. I love a good apocalypse story (this is probably a character defect) and fortunately, the Library indulges my curiosity. Here are some good reads along those lines.Chalcot Crescent by Fay WeldonSet in present...

In the fall of 1991, as a birthday present from my parents, I received LEGO set number 6062. The set - part of the Castle theme series - featured a small fortified wall under attack from a battering ram. After building the set and running...

Combining elements of science fiction, historical fiction and a healthy amount of antiquated technology, Steampunk is a genre full of adventure, exotic locales and airships. You might like Steampunk if you enjoy the original science fiction (by authors like Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley),...