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Ghost Train

The Boys on the Trains

Adventures On and Off the Rails

Like many residents in the Washington DC metro area, I take the commuter train line almost every day to work from my home in Baltimore. There is something rhythmically relaxing about boarding a train and listening to the sound of the rail cars as you depart from the station. You can read, sleep, meditate or work on your computer all without the stress of driving in rush hour mayhem. It’s a different experience. You see and witness things from a perspective that you would otherwise miss by driving.

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"The Secret Lore of Ocean"

Seafarers, Sea Creatures, and Sea Stories

“But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean . . . .  for ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”  --  H.P. Lovecraft, "The White Ship"

Energy of Slaves

The Fossil Fuel Age and After

If a future historian were to map out the great expanse of human history over thousands of years, the fossil fuel age will have occupied a relatively small blip of time. During just several hundred years, humans will have squandered much of the fossil fuels formed over half a billion years. Yet, however brief this era we currently live in will be, many of us consider its way of life to be normal.

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Bohemian People and Places

When one thinks of Bohemians, the image of the person who surfaces in the mind tends to be have lines drawn that emphasize the ability to live a little rootlessly, a little ruthlessly, and in a way that is counter to the expected. They also tend to occupy a community of like-minded individuals.

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Just Don’t Do It: Consuming Conscientiously in a Branded World

Put Your Money Where Your Conscious Is

It seems impossible to escape attempts at marketing, whether it be our Internet sidebars, the mouths of our favorite bloggers, or the logos on our recyclable grocery bags. Often, we don’t even know when we are being marketed to; companies have become increasingly more creative over the past several decades in order to successfully market to us tech-savvy Americans. Even if you think you are immune to most marketing schemes, one of the following five books might make you rethink what you choose to buy. Sure, it is a necessity of life to consume.

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European Royalty Outside Britain

History with Larger than Life People

The British royal family is well known, from its towering historical figures, like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, to the current adorable cuteness of baby Charlotte. What about the rest of Europe? There are some larger than life personalities in the history books of other European royal families. These books feature characters that would be at home on a soap opera - but they are real rulers of times past.  

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Gone Grilling!

BBQ, Sides, and Desserts

Craving good barbecue over the summer? The summer months are a great time to bring out the grill! Below are selection of titles for planning a barbecue cookout.  Copies are available to check out from the library system.


From the Banks of the Nile

Egypt Revisited

It doesn’t take a riddle of the Sphinx to understand why the world has been so fascinated with Egypt - the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, King Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, the Library of Alexandria, and the the mighty Nile just to name a few things. There is something epic about this country in the northeast corner of Africa. Here, for your perusal, is a taste of a few things Egyptian.  

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2016

During the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, the winners of the annual Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction received their awards. The winners were officially announced in January 2016. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library system. Fiction

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ICEBERGS -- Adult Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.