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Singular Sisseton

As we approached tiny Sisseton, a South Dakota city of 2500 plus, the flatness abated and the ridges of the Coteau des Prairies plateau appeared in the distance. Perched at the top of the town next to the Roberts County … Continue reading

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Superb Superior

A huge one level brick and glass structure Superior Public Library (SPL), in this Wisconsin city of 27,000 nestled on the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes, is bordered by a park full of intriguing sculptures and verdant flora.  It’s … Continue reading

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Twixt Two Harbors

On a recent trip to sample the delights of Minnesota I got a chance to visit Two Harbors Public Library (THPL) on majestic Lake Superior’s famous North Shore.  Just a half hour up the iron red highway from Duluth and a … Continue reading

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Terrific Tel Aviv

Long stretches of Mediterranean coast grant a balmy climate to the 450,000 or so denizens of this young city.  Though Jaffa (Yafo), its southwestern boundary, has been inhabited since 7500 BC, Tel Aviv (TLV) was founded in 1909 so Tel Aviv-Yafo … Continue reading

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Appreciating Athens

Κεντρική Δημοτική Βιβλιοθήκη Οργανισμού Πολιτισμού Αθλητισμού και Νεολαίας Δήμου Αθηναίων (Ο.Π.Α.Ν.Δ.Α.), or translated, the  Central Municipal Library of the Athletics and Youth Culture Organization of the Municipality of Athens (OPADDA), is conveniently just steps from Larissa subway stop, next to the … Continue reading

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Noteworthy Nashville

Tennessee’ s most populous burg spreads out from the vast green swath of Bicentennial Mall’s cherry treed paths, the Capitol perched atop Victory Park hill and Legislative Plaza’s war memorials. Anchoring one end of this surprising downtown oasis a few … Continue reading

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Handsome Huntsville

Nicknamed Rocket City for its long association with space flight, Huntsville is home to Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL).  The oldest Alabama institution, it started prior to statehood in 1818 in a tiny shack and moved around a lot before a Carnegie building … Continue reading

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