Refer Madness: Pole Stars

Refer Madness spotlights strange, intriguing, or otherwise noteworthy questions I encounter at the library reference desk.  Summer is finally (almost, sorta) here. “Bees they’ll buzz / Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz…” The AC is on at the library, but at the ref desk it’s still a bit muggy. The perfect time for this patron question: Do you have any books about polar explorers?… Read more Refer Madness: Pole Stars

Courage Under Fire Hoses

I just finished reading Hampton Sides’ Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., a recounting of the assassination of the famous civil rights leader through the perspectives of the people involved in the run-up to and aftermath of King’s slaying. I highly recommend this book for its extensive background on King’s assassin – the hermetic… Read more Courage Under Fire Hoses