Story Tags

Leader's Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning

What Is Your Story?

Stories and storytelling for adults

Do you think of yourself as an expert storyteller?  Surprise--if you're a homo sapiens (and if you're reading this, you are,) you are a storytelling natural.  Most stories don't start with "Once upon a time" or conclude "And they lived happily ever after."  In fact, many stories start in the middle, and aren't about monsters or fairy godmothers at all.  Yet our everyday stories, the stuff of our lives, can carry as much emotional impact as a famous Grimm or Perrault tale. 

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Spring Has Sprung: Clean the Clutter of Your Life with These Books

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off the winter weather and any pounds you may have gained hibernating during the cold weather. It’s also time for some spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter of your house, your mind, and your life. Here are some books that will help put a spring in your step and push you back towards those resolutions you made in January that might be a distant memory now.  

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Author Talk: Michael Springmann

Local author Michael Springmann will be speaking about his book Visas for Al Qaeda and discuss the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligence, and jihadist terrorism. Copies of the book are available to check out through the library system.

Cover-Devil in the White City

Criminally Addictive Reads

True Crime Tales that Read Like Mystery Novels

It seems like society’s obsession with all things true crime is at its absolute peak. Ever since eager listeners soaked up the first season of last year’s smash podcast, “Serial,” people can’t quench their thirst for more fast enough. If you’re one of those people who binge-listened to that addictive first season of “Serial” like I am, and then steadily made your way through HBO’s The Jinx, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and FX’s The People vs. OJ Simpson—and you’re still hungry for more true accounts of murder and mayhem—then these books are a great place to start.

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Tasty Treats

Cookbooks to delight and inspire

There are only certain times of year that I feel a desire to bake.  I don’t cook – that’s what the Food Network and family members are for - but now that summer is approaching, the urge for munchies sets in. If you think I’m the only one, check out this recent article in the Washington Post.

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What's Love Got to do With It?

Finding the right one for you!

How does one find love in 2016?  Do you go to bars?  Do you use dating sites?  These list of books talk about dating and finding love and not only finding love, but how to keep the flame burning in a relationship. 

100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Math and the Arts by John D. Barrow

Know A Little About A Lot

Whether it's through a book, podcast, or online class, I love to learn new things! I especially enjoy when something surprises me or makes me think about a certain topic or subject a little differently than I had before. The list below features books that present all kinds of information to readers in unique and exciting ways. Prepare for trivia, dazzle people with your seemingly endless knowledge, or just learn something new for the fun of it!

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Gardening in the City

Do you want to have a garden but have limited space? Gardening can be done wherever you live in the city!  You can have fresh herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables whenever you need them. Check out a selection of our gardening books:

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Busting Backstage

Musical memoirs from a female perspective

Good rock memoirs take you on tour and convey the band’s operatic highs and the Spinal Tap lows. It’s too bad that even the good ones written by men can neglect or demean the women in their lives. These women in and around the music business have written fascinating memoirs about making art and controversy in a sphere often monopolized by male voices. Look for famous cameo appearances in all of them.

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Black Faces in White Places

Working While Black

Black Faces in White Places : 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness by Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson, with Philana Patterson successfully weaves together a brilliant piece of work, detailing how African- American professionals “can (and must) think and act both Entrepreneurially and “Intrapreneurially,” combine their col

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