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The City of Ember

This book is often listed as one of the forerunners of the YA dystopian genre, and while I liked it, the story, characters, and world building didn’t blow me away. I’m not sure how enthusiastically I would even recommend it to my students. Catalog link

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Out of Oz

This is the final book in the series that began with Wicked. Luckily for me there is a timeline at the beginning of this book to remind me of what happened in the previous volumes. I found myself referring back to it often as I was reading the book. It’s hard to write much about […]

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Uncle Remus

I wonder if an uncle remus existed, and if any of his descendents got any royalties on the sale of these stories. Mostly, though, as I read I heard my father’s voice interpreting the writing in his deep Spartanburg, SC drawl. He died ten years ago, but read aloud Uncle Remus stories to me at […]

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Transformation Main: Holds Cutoff

To prepare for the closing of Main Library, effective after closing on Wednesday, December 21, patrons will no longer be able to select Main Library as a hold pickup location. Once the change is made, patrons will need to select another DCL location at which to pick up their holds. On January 6, any outstanding Main […]

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The Virgin Cure

Horrifying premise–syphilis can be cured by sex with a virgin. Reality check — One way to escape poverty is to go to work. If uneducated and poor, then probably servitude. Another way to survive is to sell one’s valuables, a young woman’s virginity has value. Set in New York in the 1870’s McKay’s novel explores […]

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Main Library in Downtown Durham Closes January 15, 2017 for Complete Transformation

Thanks to the passing of a bond referendum on November 8, 2016, Durham County Library’s Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street in downtown Durham, is poised to undergo a major expansion and renovation. This much-needed transformation will provide additional space, updated facilities and enhanced technology to Main Library in downtown Durham.

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