Podcast Listener’s Guide: 50th Anniversary of the First Zodiac Killing

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first confirmed Zodiac killings.  On December 20, 1968, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16 were shot and killed on Lake Herman Road, within the city limits of Benicia. The two were on their first date and had planned to attend a Christmas concert at…
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Hallmark Christmas Movies: New at the Library in 2018

The holiday season is quickly approaching. And though I firmly believe that the first sighting of Santa should be at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the Hallmark Channel began their Christmas movies before Halloween this year. However, never fear, they will be replaying them all season long, and you have plenty of…
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If you love the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Movies, Check Out the Books!

Every year the Hallmark Channel releases a fabulous slate of Christmas movies. But did you know that many of these movies are based on books? Two of the new movies for 2018 are based on titles you can pick up at your favorite branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.  Movie: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe…
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World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day -- a time when we show support for people living with HIV and AIDS and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.  World AIDS Day was actually the first global health day, starting in 1988.   For online resources about AIDS and HIV, visit our Healthcare Guide on AIDS…
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Reduce Holiday Shopping Stress – Consumer Reports™ Info is Free from Your Library

Holiday shopping can be so hectic. Are you thinking about buying something special for your family for Christmas? Considering a new TV or smartphone? There are so many choices out there it can be overwhelming! Before you make that next big purchase, take a look at Consumer Reports™. Many of you may already know that copies of Consumer…
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Iceland’s Christmas Book Giving Tradition

Iceland has a charming literary Christmas tradition called Jólabókaflóð (pronounced yo-luh-BOK-uh-flot; the o's have the long Ō sound), which in English literally means "Yule Book Flood." This exciting season begins each year in mid-November, when the Icelandic book industry distributes their catalog, the Bókatíðindi (literally "book news"). A free copy of this catalog is sent…
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