Entries by Peter, Reference Associate

Tall Ships and Rubber Ducks

The Tall Ships Duluth 2016 event, to be held in just a week from August 18-21, will see nine sailing ships that are replicas of those that took to the waters from the 16th to 19th centuries, sail into Duluth, Minnesota’s harbor for all to marvel at. If it’s as popular as years past, it may draw the attention of close to […]

Best of 2015

As 2015 drew to a close, our inboxes and social media feeds were deluged with Best of Lists. As someone who has made a profession out of collecting and summarizing information, I welcome these lists. It offers me a chance to compare and see what others have enjoyed, chosen to highlight, and more often than not leads […]

Hip Hop’s History

The first thing that caught my eye about Ed Piskor’s graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree was its size.  It’s rather large and feels substantial and hefty in your hands. It also intrigued me because it has a sort of flat, dated, faded quality to the colors and illustrations. It looks like it represents comics that […]

By Land, By Water, By Air

I’ve been thinking about bookmobiles lately. It all began when it was recommended that I read Audrey Niffenegger’s graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile. Inspired by an H.G. Wells short story, it spins a surreal tale about a woman  walking the streets of Chicago late at night stumbling upon a bookmobile that contains every book she’s ever read. Not […]

Enhanced Reading

We all have a favorite chair, a preferred beverage to sip upon, or a perfect pet companion to lie nearby while reading. These are some of the traditional ways we enjoy the practice of reading; some things that make it even more pleasurable. While reading Kim Gordon’s memoir Girl in a Band recently, I noticed […]

Free Movies!

Our library’s collection of DVD’s is hugely popular with our patrons, offering thousands upon thousands of titles that are checked out again and again. The option to checkout and view movies free of charge is another tremendous value we offer (Well, so long as you return them on time!).  L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has […]