Can’t we talk about something more PLEASANT? – Book

by Roz Chast Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is the 2019 Peoria Reads selection. Peoria Reads! is a project instituted and led by Common Place and the Peoria Public Library. You can find more information at http://www.peoriareads.com. #1 New York Times Bestseller NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings…

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The Kings of the Rings – Book

by Scott Rice McBride The Kings of the Rings: Stories from the VFW National Marble Tournaments 1947-1962 In the United States, marbles were impacted by the Industrial Revolution. As families moved from farms to cities, the children took their marbles with them. Children of factory workers and factory owners could be found in the same…

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Happiness Calling – Book

by Victoria Mitchell RN, LCSW Happiness Calling: A Practical Guide for Saying Yes to Life’s Joy Do you struggle with worry, or often feel sad or anxious? Is it hard to sustain relationships? Are you a procrastinator, with a drawer full of unused exercise clothes, or a garage overflowing with unfinished projects? Are you unhappy…

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Lead with Literacy – Book

by Mandy Ellis Lead with Literacy: A Pirate Leader’s Guide to Developing a Culture of Readers Readers are leaders. Leaders are readers. Literacy impacts every aspect of life – from schoolwork and test scores to the way we relate to others and to the career paths we and our students pursue. But learning to read…

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Playing the Game – Book

by Paul Remack Playing the Game: Create Your Legacy and Preserve Your Estate for Future Generations Personal wealth isn’t the only purpose of hard work and investment; it’s also important to be able to pass wealth on to one’s children and grandchildren. Wealth transfer and distribution is a game, and if played poorly―or if it…

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Manual Labor – Book

by Dick Van Scyoc and Jan Bogle Manual Labor: Feet and Shoulders Square, Elbows In, Eyes On the Target, Follow Through Dick Van Scyoc was a high school basketball coach at Peoria Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois (the hotbed of Illinois basketball) for 28 years. He taught and coached in Illinois for 45 years…

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The Eye of the Reporter – Book

edited by Bill Knight and Deckle McLean This is a collector’s item from 1997 An Essays in Literature Book “This lively collection is about the positive impact of journalism on some of American’s finest writers. With penetrating research and provocative analysis, a diverse band of journalism scholars retraces the often-surprising journeys from reporting to fiction…

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Peoria People – Book

edited by Bill Knight and others This is a collector’s item from 1988 Peoria People: Observations, Articles, and Insight About Central Illinois by dozens of area journalists Dozens of articles, essays, interviews, illustrations, and photographs in this anthology help document the life and charm of Central Illinois. Herein are Jack Brickhouse and Dan Fogelberg, the…

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Video Almanac – Book

by Bill Knight This is a collector’s item from 2003 Video Almanac is a 112-page trade paperback described as a “do-it-yourself film festival guide for home viewers [with] hundreds of capsule reviews for dozens of themes — for every week of every year.” From films about Labor to Boxing movies, Medical Dramas to Shakespeare, the…

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Fair Comment – Book

by Bill Knight Fair Comment: Essays On The Air – Book In more than 100 essays from Midwestern publications and airwaves, where they’ve been featured for more than 14 years, award-winning journalist Bill Knight writes about labor and baseball, war and religion, corporations and the press, rural life and family.  

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