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Librarian Recommendations

Fun and informative stuff to occupy the mind, recommended by West Hartford Librarians.

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Podcasts Worth a Listen

Microphone - image 100x100 pxCOMEDY Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend: A funny, engaging podcast with a great lineup of guests. The interviews are the perfect length – not requiring the time demands of other comedy podcasts, but still giving you the perfect dose of humor. More ...

COMEDY Pop Culture Happy Hour: Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music. More ...

CRIME 22 Hours - An American Nightmare: It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside a burning D.C. mansion. More ...

CRIME Dr. Death: We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. More ...

CRIME Monster - DC Sniper: This true crime podcast places the listener in Montgomery County, Maryland on October 2nd, 2002 when an unidentified sniper began randomly killing people going about their daily lives. More ...

CRIME Over My Dead Body: We all have limits. And some people who are pushed beyond those limits will do unspeakable things. More ...

CRIME The Teacher's Pet: Lyn and Chris Dawson appear to have the perfect marriage. He's a star footballer and popular high school teacher. She's a devoted wife and mother. They share a beautiful home above Sydney's northern beaches. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. More ...

COOKING The Splendid Table - Weeknight Kitchen: Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark takes on one of the biggest dilemmas of busy people: what are we going to eat? More ...

HISTORY Revisionist History: A podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Pushkin Industries. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. More ...

MYSTERY Bear Brook: Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. More ...

MYSTERY Broken Harts: Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. More ...

MYSTERY Casefile: Fact is scarier than fiction. More ...

Blogs to Peruse

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COOKING Cookie + Kate: I believe that cooking should be fun and recipes, flexible. I choose not to cook meat, so all of the recipes on Cookie and Kate are vegetarian. More ...

COOKING Love & Lemons: Hi, my name is Jeanine and I love bright seasonal food that’s very often finished with a squeeze of lemon. Hence the name. More ...

COOKING Smitten Kitchen: Deb Perelman is the kind of person you might innocently ask what the difference is between summer and winter squash and she’ll go on for about twenty minutes before coming up for air to a cleared room and you soundly snoring. More ...

COOKING Two Peas & Their Pod: I am Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. More ...

Virtual Museum and Landmark Tours

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U.S. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: Visual art and cultural heritage for Los Angeles and the world. More ...

U.S. The Met :The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. More ...

INTERNATIONAL The Eiffel Tower, Paris: Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre. More ...

INTERNATIONAL The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries. More ...

COLLECTIONS Google Arts & Culture: Discover one of the world's largest machines, zoom into "The Kiss", step inside 17 iconic movie locations and so much more!

Crafts for All

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CRAFTS 30 Minute Crafts: Hello! I'm Carolina. I love to craft, but who has the time? 30 minute crafts is all about finding time to be creative. More ...

CRAFTS The Spruce Crafts: Get DIY project ideas and easy-to-follow crafts to help you spruce up your space. More ...

HOME DECOR The Spruce - Home Design: Whether you're decorating your first home or are simply looking to make a few updates, we've rounded up our favorite design ideas, must-have products and more to help make interior design simple (and fun!). More ...

KNITTING & CROCHET Ravelry: A place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. More ...

Local College Radio Stations

STREAMING ONLINE WESU: A community service of Wesleyan University since 1939 (http://radio.wesleyan.edu:8000/stream) More ...

STREAMING ONLINE WHUS: University of Connecticut's sound alternative (http://fm.whus.org/) More ...

STREAMING ONLINE WWUH: University of Hartford online streaming service (http://www.wwuh.org/0043-listen-online) More ...

A Smorgasbord of Websites with Interesting Stuff!

ART CLASSES MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art's free online courses - immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art. More ...

AUTHOR/BOOK MAP Literature Map: In a book rut? Of course you could call your local librarian for suggestions, or try Literature Map. Enter an author that you like, and get a “map” of related authors, the closer they are together, the more they have in common. More ...

BOOKS GoodReads: Meet you next favorite book. More ...

FILM Real Art Ways: Are you looking for something to watch? Top 25 (or so) Films. More ...

FILM Letterboxd: Track films you’ve watched. Save those you want to see. Tell your friends what’s good. More ...

LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE  Popsugar: popsugar.com powers the optimism and dreams of women around the world through positive, purposeful, and playful content. We inspire happiness, strength, and confidence to be your best self. More ...

RECIPES 15 Best Recipe Websites: Here are the top 15 Best Recipe Sites based on popularity as derived from our eBizMBA Rank. More ...

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS Travel + Leisure: Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video). More ...

YOUTUBE Chef Billy Parisi: If you love all things food and cooking then you've definitely come to the right place. I teach techniques and recipes so that you can make anything from scratch. More ...