Read Harder Challenge 2017: first month down

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It's time to check in after the first month of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. We've switched out regular writers - this year it will be Karen and Betsy with other folks chiming in as they take on certain aspects of the challenge. Read our crowdsourced picks post with ideas for all the categories! Karen […]

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Visit the Library at the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books

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The Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner. Come to UA Campus the weekend of March 11-12 and join us for some book joy! As always, the Library is a proud sponsor and has a lot going on. Browse books in our catalog by Tucson Festival of Books authors. Library Tent and Nuestras […]

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Read Harder Challenge – Looking forward to 2017

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Finally finished with the last month of reading challenges for 2016 and looking forward to next year's challenge. In December we were challenged to read a play, and a book about or containing a character with mental illness. Karen: I can't believe I made it through the entire challenge. I will definitely say my reading selections have […]

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Volunteer at the Festival

Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest book festival in the country. The success of the Festival is, in large part, to Festival volunteers. This year the Festival is going to be better than ever, and we need your help. What’s the Festival all about? At Tucson Festival of Books, book lovers get to interact […]

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Read Harder 2017: PCPL Picks!

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Help us crowdsource a challenging reading list! Last year, Jessica and I put together a local-centric recommended reads list for people taking on the 2016 Read Harder challenge put on by Book Riot. Well, it's time for the 2017 edition (here's the printable PDF), and this time, we'd like to invite YOU to share your favorite […]

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Happy Anniversary to Us! ~Southwest Books of the Year

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In 1976 Gerald Ford was president of the United States, Steve Jobs started the Apple Computer Company, gasoline cost $0.56 a gallon, and the Arizona Daily Star presented a holiday shopping list of recommended Southwest books. With this, our 2016 edition, Southwest Books of the Year marks 40 years of connecting readers with the best […]

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December Book Riot Challenge: One Month Left!

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One month to go in the Book Riot Challenge! (See the tag below for earlier entries.) Karen and William have been keeping on pace reading at least two books a month in selected categories. This month the challenges were: Read a Food Memoir Read a book about politics, in your country or another William: I have […]

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Book Riot Challenge: November reads. One month left!

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The October Book Riot Challenge called for two themes: Read a nonfiction book about feminist or dealing with feminist themes Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction) William I loved my choice of books this month. I expanded my horizons and opened all kinds of new viewpoints and understanding that has been very enriching […]

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Cosmic Librarian – Get a New Favorite Read

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Are you looking for your next favorite read? Been in the reading doldrums? Overwhelmed by all the new books and authors out there? The Cosmic Librarian is here to help! This week, from October 24–28, 2016, the Cosmic Librarian is at your service. Make a comment about this blog post listing three books that you have […]

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Book Riot Challenge – October edition

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Last month's challenges were: Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which was better. How did we do? Karen: The September challenge had me stumped. I don't dislike comics per se, but like most of these months, […]

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