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Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. Metropolitan Books, New York, 2014. 282 pages. $26.Society is slow to change. We’ve learned how to treat diseases and conditions that, in the past, killed us well before our hair turned gray. But now that we know what to do, we don’t know when to stop doing it. Medical solutions are not always the best solutions. And yet “Fix it” remains the mantra, even when fixing...

Posted Oct 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Samantha Kirby, Hepler City Library, and Brenda Banks, Arma City Library, attended a Southeast Kansas Library System  titled "Cooking the Books" Oct. 7 at the Girard Public Library.Laura DeBaun, association...

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...

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...

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