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The libraries will be closed for Lincoln's birthday on Friday, February 12, 2016 and for President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Great Expectations: Dickens And The Powerball

Tonight's record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing may seem like a modern phenomenon, but this frenzy is nothing new — just ask Charles Dickens, who bemusedly observed the Naples lottery 150 years ago.

Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, about an estranged mother and daughter reconnecting during the daughter's illness, is a marvel of quiet simplicity. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a true novel."

'Game Of Thrones': When The TV Show Outpaces The Books

George R.R. Martin hasn't finished his latest book in time for the sixth TV season. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Amy Sullivan and Spencer Kornhaber of the Atlantic's 'Game of Thrones' roundtable.

Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells.

75 Years Of 'Pal Joey'

Penguin Classics has published a 75th Anniversary presentation of the John O'Hara novel, and the libretto and lyrics of the musical. Scott talks to Thomas Mallon, who wrote the book's forward.

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