Banned Books Week 2017: 10 quotes from iconic banned books

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An annual event celebrating the freedom to read, Banned Books Week reinforces the value of free and open access to information. It brings the book and general community together in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas – even those some consider unpopular.

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Lucky 7: More unusual accommodations for intrepid travelers

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Travelers looking for adventure of the unusual kind – here’s a new group of seven accommodations. Add this group to the 7th Heaven and The Magnificent 7 bunch from posts past and the collection spans the globe. There something for everyone.

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Look, up in the sky: The Great Eclipse Across America 2017

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Save the date

Monday, 21 august 2017, mark your calendars. The continental US and other nearby areas will be treated to an amazing celestial event – an eclipse of the sun – and for the lucky ones, a total eclipse.

American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson notes, “A total eclipse of the sun belongs on everyone’s bucket list.

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Smiles on a summer day and night

From the Bronx almost down the to The Battery, with a stop in between, there are three wonderful exhibitions happening now in New York City. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. They worked for me.

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Nostalgic for book-finding, the old fashioned way

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If you’re of a certain age and liked libraries, you probably have fond memories of the Dewey Decimal System. Heightened olfactory memories as well – with your nose firmly planted in the long, card catalog drawers.

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Stateside Shakespeare: Birthday Celebrations 453

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After last’s year plethora of events for the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, a more modest calendar follows this year for the 453rd anniversary of his birth.

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Dandelion dead

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Just when we thought the craziness of the world was leveling out, Crayola announced that one of its longtime crayons, dandelion, will be retired. This revelation comes on the heels of Monopoly’s replacement of the thimble, the boot and the wheelbarrow tokens. The world, indeed, has gone mad.

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Oscars 2017: Applause for inclusion + one big shocker

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My first sentence for this Oscar review began like this:

The 89th Academy Awards may not be remembered as particularly unique. Justin Timberlake’s knockout opening set the bar high, but the energy left the room quickly.

Check that. What happened at approximately 12:15am was an Oscar first.

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Predictions 2017: The Oscar will go to…

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This year was a fine year for film, as was 2015. Not only were independent and documentary films leading with great work, but people of all colors and genders were represented in the mix. Let us hope that this diversity of writers, actors, directors, cinematographers, etc., continues and becomes an integral part of the filmmaking community.

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Subterranean solar greens

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A weekend visit to The Lowline Lab was the perfect pick-me-up from the dreary mid-winter.

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