The view down Main Street in Concord, N.H., reflects the community's small-town feel. Author Ben Winters doesn't live in Concord, but he sets his mystery novels there — he says the city's peaceful, unpretentious atmosphere makes it an appealing setting. Michel Gagnon/Flickr hide caption

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Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord
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Winona Ryder in the 2010 thriller Black Swan Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile
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The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding. Neda Ulaby/NPR hide caption

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For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging
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Fred Onovwerosuoke founded the St. Louis African Chorus 20 years ago. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History
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Encore: 'Fosters' Puts A Twist On The Old Family Drama
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Mattel executives say they did not anticipate the runaway success of the goth-influenced Monster High brand when it debuted in 2010. Mattel hide caption

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Fangs And Fishnets For The Win: 'Goth Barbie' Is Monstrously Successful
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Movie Studios Hope We Celebrate July 4 At Theaters
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There's a workshop, too, complete with some work on a chalkboard and a robot. Lego hide caption

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Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?
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Author Matheson Left Behind Reams Of Science Fiction Writing
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Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland
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In the wake of the dome's mysterious appearance, the townspeople are cut off from access to TV, phones and the Internet, and must make do with the people and objects they have at their disposal. CBS hide caption

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'Dome' Luck: On CBS, A Drama About Getting Stuck With Each Other
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Legos and other interlocking toys are only one kind of blocks that remain popular with kids. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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From Classic Toys To New Twists, Kids Go Back To Blocks
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