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Remembering Prince

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Prince, described by The New York Times as "a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop" and "a unifier of dualities," passed away Thursday, at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota.

The multi-talented artist transcended the boundaries between music, fashion, and activism, and left an indelible mark each. Despite his talent and fame, Prince was a quiet, unassuming, and fiercely private individual and remained a dedicated, lifelong resident of Minnesota. His achievements include seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award, but Prince's activism is perhaps the most touching part of his legacy.

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Beverly Cleary Turns 100

Beloved author Beverly Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday on April 12th.  Cleary, who began her writing career in 1950 with the publication of the first Henry Huggins book, is most known for creating relatable and lovable characters for both children and young adult readers.  Her books have a timeless quality and have continued to delight readers for generations.

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Tech Roundup & 3D Printing

We had a lot of fun at our last Tech Roundup on February 20th, when we had our grand opening for our new media labs, the Conversion Station and Digital Media Studio. We also welcomed Don Brozek from the Southworks Makerlab Network who demonstrated 3D printing and introduced us to making. Commonly, 3D printers are used, but other tools are available in maker labs, such as laser cutters or CNC machines. Making also incorporates taking old or broken devices and repurposing them to create something useful or fun.

While we have yet to acquire such tools, we now have the Digital Media Studio available for you to begin making your digital creations. Make a reservation today or learn more about it on our website. Read more about 3D printing & making, and view or download a copy of Don's presentation.

Love & Literature

Man and woman carrying stacks of books shaped like a heart

This introspective librarian often looks to literature to find the words that come closest to capturing the ineffable parts of human existence. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to hit the books in search of mankind’s most beautiful, flattering self-portrait— our capacity to love?

David Bowie (1947 - 2016)

Though most known for a ground-breaking, legendary career in music, art, fashion, and film that spanned six decades, David Bowie was also famously a voracious reader. Many of his works contain literary references and in interviews, he often alluded to books he had read or was currently reading. In 2013, as part of their efforts in creating the David Bowie Is art exhibit (which was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as well as many major cities throughout the world), curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh compiled a list of David Bowie's Top 100 Books. The list spans a number of genres. tastes, and time periods and speaks volumes about Bowie's breadth of interests and how he came to be a cultural icon.

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