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Under the Radar

Epic Failure Is Always an Option

Contributing Editor JESSICA MOYER is Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Contact Jessica at jessicaemilymoyer@gmail.com. Jessica is currently reading Painted Lady by Elizabeth Peters (June 2017) and listening to Carpe Jugulum (2000) by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Nigel Planer. I love a good underdog archetype. Whether they are fantastic failures or lovable losers, these characters abound in popular culture and […]

The Revolution Will Be Musicalized

How much fun has it been for librarians to watch everyone get excited about a piece of US history, the American Revolutionary War? And it’s all thanks to a peppy piece of musical theatre named Hamilton. It may be the music that’s moving folks, but the subject matter is sparking renewed interest in America’s birth story. Here are some suggestions in various formats to satisfy patrons ranging from musical theatre geeks to history buffs.

Candidates for a Fun-Filled Fall

This summer, the Republican and Democratic parties held their quadrennial proms and crowned a king and a queen, and in the months that followed, the rest of us endured their frenetic campaigning for supreme ruler of school. It’s kind of like winning the Hogwarts House Cup.

UNDER THE RADAR | The Power of Story

At the time of this writing, many of us are angry and sad and frustrated, if the news and social media are any indication. And for many of us, books serve as a refuge when life becomes difficult. Yet while books can provide an escape from harsher realities, they can also provide a lens through which we can better view and understand what is unfolding around us.

July august 2016

UNDER THE RADAR | The Power of Story

At the time of this writing, many of us are angry and sad and frustrated, if the news and social media are any indication. And for many of us, books serve as a refuge when life becomes difficult. Yet while books can provide an escape from harsher realities, they can also provide a lens through which we can better view and understand what is unfolding around us.

may june 2016 issue of public libraries magazine

UNDER THE RADAR | Sand, Surf, Swamp, and Sunshine

Under the Radar is where you’ll find books, movies, and other media of note that might not be getting tons of publicity, but your patrons are sure to be interested in.

Public Libraries Magazine Column March/April 2015

Under the Radar – March/April 2015

Sage advice from cine-scholars Bill and Ted on wooing princesses from the 15th century. Poetry has always held the power to enthrall, thrill, charm, and awe, much like the most appealing fiction and nonfiction. In honor of National Poetry Month, consider offering a volume of poetry to readers to go along with their favorite genres and subjects.