Goal! Soccer Books for the Women’s World Cup

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It’s soccer time! We have put together a book list for all of you hardcore footballers. Laugh, cheer, cry, and scream right along with the rest of the world, and when you need to relax from being on the edge of your seat, grab one of these great reads.

Now if you’re not a soccer fan, if you haven’t been on Twitter or in a sports bar or in the living room of a soccer fan, you might not have noticed that it’s time for the Women’s World Cup! No worries if you’ve missed all the excitement so far. There’s still time for you to catch the final. And who is playing in the final? Oh, just the United States! That’s right, the US Women’s National Team will be playing Japan in the World Cup final this Sunday, July 5th. You have some quick reading to do between now and then to get fully immersed in the wonderful world of soccer. It is the most popular sport in the world, after all. Seven billion people can’t be wrong. continue reading >>

Bach to the Music: Oregon Bach Festival

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For most places, summer means hot dogs, fireworks, and days at the beach. In Eugene, summertime means violins, cellos, and Johann Sebastian Bach! Summer just wouldn’t be summer in Lane County without the Oregon Bach Festival.

This summer’s lineup is totally Bachtastic! Founder of the Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki is conducting and will be delivering the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture on July 2nd at the Soreng Theater at 2:00. Chat with featured Tenor Nicholas Phan in The Studio at 1:00 on July 7th. On July 10th at 7:30 pm, Canadian Brass will be performing in the Silva Concert Hall. To close out the festival, there will be a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at 3:00 in Silva Concert Hall. These are just a smattering of the Bach-analias delighting your ears this summer. Head to the OBF website for more details on other events, and check out some of these books sure to be music to your eyes. continue reading >>

Super Books for Young Reading Heroes!

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It’s officially summer, and you know what that means: No more pencils, no more books! Wait…no more books?! We don’t like the sound of that. A summer away from books leads to the summer slide. When children do not read over the summer, they lose three months worth of reading skills, which means teachers must spend the first three months of the new school year getting kids back to where they were at the end of the previous school year. The spend precious classroom time relearning old skills when they could be learning new knowledge!

How do we defeat the summer slide? It’s easy…by reading! And public libraries have a theme for their summer reading programs guaranteed to get every kid excited to visit the library and read: superheroes! continue reading >>

Then Comes Marriage: Books for June Weddings

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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Ok, so that’s not really the way it works, but hopefully no matter what, when people join their lives together, there is always love. And there is no time more full of weddings and love than June, the month with the most weddings of the entire year.

As much as we adore the stars of the show, weddings are not just about a couple coming together to celebrate their love. Weddings are for the fun of the guests! Dancing and drinking and free food and chatting with old friends and family. If your June is full of weddings or if you can’t remember the last time you danced to Shout along with 125 of your closest friends for the night, here is a selection of books to make you feel as though you’re wiping tears from your eyes as you witness declarations of everlasting love. continue reading >>

Books That Say, “Happy Father’s Day!”

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Father. Dad. Daddy. Pop. Pops. Papa. No matter what you call him, or what his relationship is to you, if there is a man in your life who has influenced you and loved you, honor him this Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching. You have until Sunday, June 21st to find the perfect present for the man you want to thank for just being him. To help you out, here is a selection of books to appeal to all sorts of dads and pops and daddies and papas and grandpas and friends and husbands and uncles because if you can’t find the words to say how much he means to you on Father’s Day, say it with a book. continue reading >>

Track Town Champions!

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It feels as though we were just writing about the Ducks sweeping the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, and here we are writing about their domination yet again! The women’s and men’s teams both emerged as the champions of the NCAA Championships on their home turf of Hayward Field! Eugene’s title of Track Town, USA is secure thanks to them.

In honor of our champions, we have put together a list of fiction novels about running. There are books to inspire the runner in everyone from kids to adults. So grab one of these books and take a stroll by Hayward to drink in all of the Track Town glory! continue reading >>

A Horse, of Course

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Did you see it? Were you watching when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978? It was an exciting moment. There’s something thrilling about knowing you’re participating in history right along with hundreds of millions of people; it’s (almost) as good as being there.

In honor of 2015’s historical (horse-torical?) moment, here is a selection of horse books for the hippophile in all of us. Whether you don’t know a bit from a bridle or you’re looking to polish your posting trot, there’s a little something here for every book jockey. continue reading >>

June is Pride Month!

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June is Pride Month, and the northwest is full of Pride! Pride month serves as a month of remembrance of the Stonewall riots of 1969 and a way to honor the people who have fought and continue to fight for the rights of LGBTQ Americans. In addition to remembrance, it’s a month of celebration, hope, and defiance. continue reading >>

Job Hunting Guides for New Grads (and the Rest of Us)

Spring commencement at the University of Oregon will be held on June 15th. Our 2015 graduates are about to enter a brave new post-college world. It’s time to start thinking about jobs and internships. And while we can think of a wonderful place or two new college graduates may consider working, job hunting in general can be overwhelming, stressful, and just plain hard. To make it easier on our soon-to-be college graduates (and anyone else who may be on the hunt for a new career), here are a few guides to help you land your dream job. Good luck! continue reading >>

Books We’re Looking Forward to in June!

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Welcome to summer! We made it! We are finally in the season of beach reads, of lounging poolside, of spending all of our waking hours outside.

June is the month of great books. From Otis Redding to Harry Potter to Stephen King, romance to suspense to biography, there’s at least one June new release guaranteed to be your summer romance. Think of this list of new releases like a literary dating site: peruse these profiles, find the one that might be your soul mate, and take it on a book date. continue reading >>