November 17th, 2015

News & Updates
Good luck this weekend to everyone who has worked so hard in producing this year's Fall Musical, Brigadoon! This week, we have a YouTube video from a much-talked-about musical, two new books, and a curious podcast for thine curious ears.
YouTube Pick of the Week

In honor of this weekend's Fall Musical, Brigadoon,  here is a performance from the hottest, buzziest new musical around: Hamilton , a musical about the life and death of Treasury Secretary and founding father Alexander Hamilton. And if you haven't heard the buzz, what the H have you been doing? Get a grip, man!


A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle

Call Number: FIC L'Engle
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. 

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space? -- Goodreads

"Depending on where I'm at in my life, this book means something new and different to me every time I read it. I love this book, and I love its characters." --Mrs. Shannon Murray

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Outliers (2008) by Malcolm Gladwell

Call Number: BF637.S8 G533 
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. --

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Curious City

Produced by Chicago's own public radio station, WBEZ at 91.5 FM, Curious City episodes range from 8-10 minutes long. In each episode, WBEZ investigators take a question about Chicago, submitted by listeners, and take the listeners through their investigation for the answer. Questions in the past have been, Why are Chicagoans so militant about ketchup on hot dogs, Why are there so many alleys in Chicago, How often do Chicago Police enforce bike traffic laws, etc.. Each episode is a fun and informative ride into the quirks and the unexpected turns of Chicago history.

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