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50 Years of Title IX

by Adult Services Manager Whitney

I grew up in the 80s, and wasn’t aware of Title IX until I was an adult. But with the 50th anniversary of Title IX last Thursday, I’ve been hearing more stories that make me realize that lack of awareness proves the law’s success: things have changed so much I’ve been able to take it for granted. Unlike Linda Logan, CEO of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, when I was in school there were multiple sports available to girls, rather than zero. Unlike Stephanie Hightower, I was aware of girls who had received sports scholarships, rather than being the first one. And unlike Sue Ramsey, who graduated from Bexley High School in 1974, I didn’t have to make my own field hockey uniforms in Home Economics. 

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D.I.Y. Bride

by Public Service Associate Juliana

While writing this blog post I heard Jack White’s voice in my head singing the lyrics from Hotel Yorba: “Let’s get married/ In a big cathedral by a priest/ ‘Cause if I’m the man that you love the most/ You could say, “I do” at least.” The lyrics have repeated over and over as we get deeper into wedding season and all of June’s marriage vibes.

Reminiscing on eight Junes ago when I was a bride myself, what I recall most is that I was inspired by everything. Novels, movies, music, biergartens, vintage stores, shop windows, British high tea. I was practically sparkling with creative energy and used wedding planning as an excuse to get crafty and try new things. I wanted every detail thoughtfully chosen, everything tailored to my tastes, and I went a little overboard with D.I.Y. projects. I don’t think I knew the word “bespoke” until I got engaged and started researching weddings. I knew a cookie cutter wedding was not for me; I wanted unique and customized. I wanted to bake my own cake and decorate it, too, to organize my own floral arrangements and make my own bouquet, and curate all the centerpieces, et cetera.

This D.I.Y. mentality is part of how I was raised, though my dad still comically confuses the letter order. For some reason he mixes up the “I” and “Y”. It’s always “D.Y. I.”, no matter how many times I tell him otherwise. My cousin once heard him refer to one of his “D.Y.I.” projects and commented, “D.Y.I.? That’s pretty accurate if instead of ‘do it yourself’ you mean ‘do yourself in.’” 

That’s indeed what I was on track for with all my wedding projects, doing myself in, and in the end I curbed a few of my ideas (why would I even consider making my own cake with a bakery as wonderful as Resch’s down the street?). But I did complete a few fun projects to make the day more memorable.

And I’m happy I did. I look back on that spring as a cozy, prolific time. I see myself cross legged on the floor in my mamaw’s living room folding sheets of paper into origami stars to string above the dance floor. I see myself drinking mug after mug of Tazo Zen tea, saving the paper envelopes to fold into tiny papercranes to hang near the cake table. I scouted thrift stores for teapots to use as centerpieces. I bought gold glitter by the gallon and tons of tealights. I made everything around me sparkle. And when I was done with all that, I explored photoshop and created my own save-the-dates and invitations. And then I took a calligraphy workshop and hand addressed our invitations. And I loved every minute. 

This June, in the spirit of wedding season, test your limits, surprise yourself. Married or not, capture the creative energy of a bride-to-be and try a new hobby. Use library resources to get inspired.

Have you tried Creativebug? Create an account and stream thousands of art and craft classes for free with your library card. Wedding related classes include photo booth backdrops, lace invitations, cake decorating, beginning calligraphy, paper fans, flower bouquets, tassel party decorations, and tissue paper pom pom garland.

Another fun library resource to check out is Craftsy. Available through Libby’s Digital Downloads Collaboration, Craftsy offers “over 1,400 in-depth instructional video classes covering 20 different creative passions.” This includes passions such as photography, sewing, baking, and cake decorating. There are video classes on cookie baking, creating vintage-inspired veils, mastering modern sugar flowers, and making miniature French desserts.


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Beach Reads

by Public Service Associate Hannah

Having clicked on this blog, I’m going to guess that you associate your vacation and time off with time to read. I might even wager that you are seeking a particular type of book — the beach read!

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Armchair Travel: Istanbul

by Public Service Associate Juliana

When I ask myself what I know about Istanbul, my knowledge appears limited to Turkish cuisine. Baklava, hummus, babaganoush, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, falafel, kebabs. What I know about Istanbul extends about as far as the library parking lot, across the street to Cafe Istanbul. 

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Amazing AAPI Movies!

by Associate Librarian Debbie

Asian and Pacific Islander Month is winding down, but it’s never too late to check out some awesome Asian films and directors! Here, I’ve gathered some excellent movies and films from a diverse array of Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and directors that you can find right here at the Bexley Public Library! From Wong Kar-Wai to Naomi Kawase, these are some movies and filmmakers worth celebrating.

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Ohio Day Trips, or, There and Back Again

A Journey Through Middle Earth the Buckeye State

by Programming Librarian Zach

The final school bell for the year has rung, longer days and warmer weather have arrived, and the official beginning of summer is right around the corner. Now, what to do with all of this extra time? Not to worry, the Bexley Public Library has you covered!

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Public Service Associate Hannah

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month officially became an annual affair in 1992. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

So this May, celebrate the generations of Asian or Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history, and continue to be instrumental in its future success, with your Library! How? By checking out their stories in the form of books, films, and digital library resources of course!

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Movie Mamas!

by Public Services Manager Jen

Some might suggest motherhood is in the DNA. Hardwired. Hyperlinked. Dormant until diapers. Innate. Intrinsic. Slumbering until sleep training. As if upon the arrival of a brand new person, some primal, prehistoric portion of the neocortex whirs and clicks into place like the insides of a finely tuned piece of cosmic machinery. With all the gears and mechanisms in their correct spaces, you are now prepared to take part in the grand experiment that is maternity.

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A Star Wars Day Celebration

by Public Service Associate Luke

May the Fourth be with you. Star Wars Day is upon us! This is the day when fans join together to celebrate the greatest science fiction universe in media (Trekkies may take their leave now). Back in 1977, no one expected an unknown creative with an idea for space cowboys and laser-swords to take over the hearts and minds of millions of people. George Lucas drew on his love for westerns, samurai tales, and mythical archetypes to create a universe that is so famous, it is hard to find someone who has not seen the movies or at least heard the quotable lines. Being named Luke, almost every interaction I had as a child included “I am your father.” Star Wars is one of the best worlds to explore and disappear into, and it has some fantastic books and shows based on the galaxy far far away.

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Tree Themed Reads for Arbor Day!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

This Friday, April 29th, marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day! The tree planter’s holiday is celebrated nationally and internationally and is particularly grand to us here locally. Bexley is a city that loves its trees. Among the 14,000 trees here, you’ll see various types including white oaks, scarlet oaks, shingle oaks, bur oaks, sugar maples, and red maples to name a few. The tree lined streets define this city. In fact, in 2013 Bexley was accredited as an arboretum, the first city in the U.S. to do so.