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There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts…. There’s fennel for you, and columbines.—There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me. We may call it “herb of grace” o’ Sundays.—Oh, you must wear your rue with a difference.—There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, […]

I’ll just go ahead and confess this right up front—Henry V is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. It has incredible, rousing speeches (Once more unto the breach and Saint Crispin’s Day and all that), as well as one of the most famous nights before a battle ever committed to paper. And then there’s the […]

Out, damned spot! Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say good night till it be morrow. The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! I could easily go on all day throwing out Shakespeare’s most famous quotes, and […]

At the end of this month, we will be celebrating Shakespeare Week by doing all things Shakespearean, including encouraging all of you to write a sonnet! How do you write a Shakespearean sonnet? Well, let me explain. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do […]

Welcome to April, a month when it still snows in Ohio. Sigh. But there are things to be happy about today, including a peek at all the new stuff coming this month. There are definitely some cookbooks I think folks will be excited about. (Two new America’s Test Kitchen books, anyone?) For fiction fans, there’s […]

Just forget about the rain outside and the predicted snow for tomorrow. Instead, envision Mr. Rogers’ smiling face inviting you to be his neighbor. Isn’t that beautiful? Many of you clearly think so, as our #LibraryMadness: Battle of TV Shows champ is Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Fred Rogers brought kindness and education to television for children […]

Celebrate National Poetry Month as part of the Year of Reading Challenge! This month, you have a chance to win a gift card if your read a book of poetry. Below are some suggested titles put together by staff. Your selection for the drawing doesn’t need to come from this list—it’s just some suggestions if […]

After two months of #LibraryMadness, the end is here. We started with nominations in February, when it looked as if the comedy Schitt’s Creek would be the show to beat, and now here we are at the end of March with only two shows remaining. It’s been wild and fun and full of surprises, and […]

After 4 rounds, there are only 4 shows left standing, and I have say, they are not necessarily the shows I would have guessed when all this started. The shows are—Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Jeopardy!, The Wonder Years, and Friends. It’s been an interesting ride to get here, with some truly crazy matchups. (I still think […]

This year’s #LibraryMadness has been defined by upsets, most notably those Round 1 victories of CSI and Happy Days over top seeds Downton Abbey and Seinfeld. It took until Round 3 and Friends to finally knockout the Fonz. CSI, however, hasn’t even broken a sweat yet, dispatching Parks and Recreation with ease. If any show […]