Karaoke is one of those things that I will either be super stoked about and will want to sing Colors of the Wind to the rooftops or I’ll just want to sit back and take it all in.   Regardless, karaoke has a way of bringing everyone together and here are a few books that illustrate that very point:

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke by Rob Sheffield

“In this follow-up to Love is a Mix Tape, a writer for Rolling Stone, after his wife’s death, finds solace in music, which leads him to the strangest places and gives him the courage to start over, move on and rock the mike.” Continue reading “Libraryoke!”

A Lifetime of Reading Finally Pays Off!

Sure, reading has been shown to improve empathy in adults and emotional intelligence in children. Plus it’s affordable and enjoyable, and you feel, learn and experience so much. But what about making you the envy of your friends? Has reading ever bought the next round of beer? Where are the fabulous prizes?

That’s all about to change!

Introducing the Bookish Trivia Trilogy, a trio of literary trivia nights hosted in local bars this coming October 2, 8 and 16th as part of Booktobefest 2018. For the past three years, trivia buffs and newbies alike have flocked to our fun free pub trivia nights each October. This year, acceding to popular demand, we’re tilting the field in favor of the people who keep us in business: readers!  Continue reading “A Lifetime of Reading Finally Pays Off!”


That familiar chill in the air, those reddish tints starting to appear in the leaves, that playful note of pumpkin spice latte asserting itself amidst the less seasonal scents of marijuana and Axe body spray on city streets: it can only mean one thing. Another Booktoberfest has arrived! Each October, dazed and confused from the flurry of Summer reading, librarians emerge blinking into the autumnal light, and head for the bar. We hope you’ll join us in pubs and bars all across the city, to share books and stories, songs and games. Come out and play! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in store this year: Continue reading “BOOKTOBERFEST 2017 IS HERE!”

Drink and book pairings for the winter ahead

Booktoberfest 2016, our month-long celebration of books and booze, has come to an end but fret not – the rest of winter is a great time to continue this thematic exploration on your own. To that end, here are some suggestions for book and drink pairings, initially presented by librarians Andrea Gough and David Wright as part of LitCrawl at Capitol Cider on Oct. 27. You can find the full list of titles mentioned here.


Are you a cider drinker? Try Camille Perri’s sweet yet slightly acidic novel The Assistants, about a group of poorly paid New York secretaries who find an innovative way to pay off their student loans. Or perhaps you’d like a witty novel about economic collapse and family road trips, in which case The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang is for you. Continue reading “Drink and book pairings for the winter ahead”

Spooky Stories LIVE, all October long!

Image of Spooky Cat Coutesy Laura d'Allesandro via FlickrTurn down the lights. Get yourself a drink and gather round, while we take you on a little trip down a dark and twisted road. This month we have extra spooky story times for grown ups in store, at the library and coming soon to a pub near you as a part of our celebration of Booktoberfest. Each October, our regular twice-monthly Thrilling Tales: Story Time for Grown Ups (Mondays at 12:05 at the Central Library: lunches welcome) turns to weekly Chilling Tales. Here’s what’s in store: Continue reading “Spooky Stories LIVE, all October long!”