Author Archive | Paul

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A Timeless, 1995 Gem of a Movie

Some things really are timeless. Even if they aren’t. A contradiction? Not to one of the incredibly lucky persons who have seen Whisper of the Heart, a 1995 Japanese Anime movie adapted from a 1989 Manga comic book. This is an impossibly charming (although somewhat predictable) adolescent love story. The “bibliographic record” (information about each […]

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Free Educational Opportunity?

COVID-19 is a once-in-a-lifetime event that all of us wish did not exist. If we could be rid of this plague tomorrow, we would be. But, since we can’t, “the next best thing” may be to try to wring something uplifting out of the experience. Maybe, just maybe, we can find a way to emerge […]

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Breathing Life into a Bewildering Decade: The ‘60s Come Alive at the Library

America recently went on “a Woodstock binge” due to the 50th anniversary of the fabled pop festival. Once again, the library enabled patrons to satisfy their curiosity about something in the news: we have plenty of photo-laden books and video content celebrating the event. However, this blog is not about just that: it’s about, “How […]

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Another Graphic Novel Triumph for Raina Telgemeier!

Guts is an outstanding book, plain and simple–which should surprise no one who has read any of Raina Telgemeier’s other graphic novels (Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, etc.). This San Francisco-based writer and illustrator has a true genius for getting under the skin of elementary school students, who lurch from classroom to cafeteria to playground to […]

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