Category Archives: Libraries

“Why let the Wets bluff you? Be informed!”

One of my favorite movie scenes is from On Moonlight Bay, when 11-year-old Wesley Winfield watches a silent movie about the Evils of Drink, uses the plot as an excuse for falling asleep in class the next morning, and then … Continue reading

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“Here was an Acadian scene of the richest character.”

Maine has thousands of coastal islands, but the largest one has peaks so tall that they are said to catch the first rays of sunlight each morning. The earliest residents of this isolated island were the Wabanaki, or “the people … Continue reading

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Where can you find lucky lions, a canine ambassador, broken jewels and chocolate mice?

Faced with the needs of Boston’s growing population, mid-19th-century city planners decided to fill in a soggy, marshy area of the city known as the Back Bay. With the help of a new innovation known as the steam shovel, it … Continue reading

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Between Sesame Street And 97 Orchard, Stop for Sputniks and Shakes, Catacombs and Chrome

To some, taking a holiday from the neighborhood means hopping a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood, but as Billy Joel sings, we were in a New York state of mind. We didn’t take a Greyhound on the Hudson … Continue reading

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The Rockettes Are Right: From Subway To Steeple, New York City Is The Place To Be At Christmas Time

There are a million things to do in December, but the most thrilling of all take place under a glittering 900-pound star topping a 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce tree. It’s time for another Christmas installment of our “15 Hours in … Continue reading

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From Reading Loft To Virtual Porthole, Check Out the View Along North High Street

The view of the sky straight over our heads is the only perfect view, A Room With A View’s Mr. Emerson believes, but the prospect afforded by the cantilevered reading loft at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch is definitely … Continue reading

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“Curiose Geschichte” And “Glückes Genughat”: Bexley Scenes From Childhood

Slice a banana in half lengthwise, top it with chopped peanuts and a dollop of pastel-tinted mayonnaise, and you’ve created one of my favorite dishes: the banana nut salad from the Willard Restaurant, a fixture of the Bexley, Ohio community … Continue reading

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