Uninvited Raccoons Visit Library: Critical Linking, November 4, 2019

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“A library at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas had a bit of a raccoon problem. Codie Clark, an alumnus and math tutor, was waiting on the third floor of the library for a student to come to a tutoring session, reports the Associated Press. That’s when he spotted a pair of raccoons casually moving through the aisles.”

Let the raccoons check out books! (This story has a happy ending! No raccoons were harmed.)


“For example, you can pick pecans, but when you bake them with a crust, it’s PEE-CAN pie. Also, there’s an R in “wash.” Webster and Siri will deny it, but where I’m from, we wedge it in after the A.

Sometimes I indulge these questions. Usually, I take a breath and brace myself for what I know is coming next.

Hi, my name is Elle, and I’m a Black woman born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas.

Yes. You read that right, Kansas.”

Author of A Blade So Black, L.L. McKinney, wrote about what it’s like being a Black Midwestern woman.


“Assuming you don’t have to fight off Dementors and Death Eaters, the world of Harry Potter seems like a cozy place. You may not have a Gryffindor house common room to snuggle up in, but with a little creativity, you can bring some of the warm and fuzzy feelings of Hogwarts into your home. Harry Potter: Knitting Magic, a how-to book set for a 2020 release, teaches you how to recreate the costumes, accessories, and even creatures of the Harry Potter books with some yarn and needles.”

Needles up!