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Posted Sep 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Reading is usually a solitary endeavor. You might consult with a librarian or bookseller when choosing a book but often you just browse the shelves until something catches  your fancy, then you take it home, read it and return it when you go to the library to pick  out your next title. But sometimes there’s that one book that you just need to talk about with someone else, to bounce off ideas and ask, "Can you believe that ending?"For the past...

Posted Sep 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Ella Buchanan, Pittsburg’s first librarian, left Pittsburg more than a century ago to attend the Chicago Art Institute. She probably never did return here, but the library now has one of her sculptures, a generous gift from her...

Updated Sep 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“Women in Clothes” Edited and written by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leeanne Shapton and 639 others. Blue Rider Press/Penguin Group, New York, 2014.Why do...

Posted Sep 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Weir Public Library participated in Weir Homecoming activities, with hot dog sales during the  chili/bean feed on  Sept. 12 and biscuits and gravy, followed up with a bake sale and a variety of drawings on Sept. 13.

Updated Sep 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year” By Tavis Smiley with David Ritz. Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2014. 288 pages.

Updated Sep 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

BOSTON - The devil didn’t make him do it, but Hollywood did.In “The Drop,” his first script for the big screen, author Dennis Lehane has shifted his milieu from the mean streets of Boston to Brooklyn. Star James...

Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“What We See When We Read: A Phenomenology with Illustrations,” by Peter Mendelsund. Vintage Books, New York, 2014. 419 pages, paperback. $16.95.“What...

Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future,” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. 104 pages. $9.95 paperback.

Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“Problems with People Stories” by David Guterson. Knopf, New York, 2014. 163 pages. $25.95.David Guterson, most well known for “Snow Falling on...

Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

“California” By Edan Lepucki. Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2014. 400 pages. $26.Author Edan Lepucki’s much-talked-about dystopian novel, “California,” cleaves to coincidence and...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s no surprise that Lois Lowry is such a prolific writer. The longtime Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident recalls spending her childhood as a voracious reader of all kinds of books, especially adult books that had young...

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