Cool off with some free poetry at the Shoot Your Mouth Off III poetry slam this Thursday at The Hideout (320 S 72nd St). Check for interviews with features and more information. The event is free and starts at 9 pm.

If you’re more of the outside poetry type with a very high heat tolerance, swing by 77th and Main in downtown Ralston for Tunes in Independence Square, a weekly event that pairs poetry with music and, in the case of this week’s performance, a heat index in the lower hundreds. Get there early – there will be free refreshments for the first 200 attendees. This week’s featured performers are the R & M Blues Band and poetry from Heidi Hermanson. It’s free and it starts at 6:30.

Another option for keeping cool is to check your local branch of the Omaha Public Library. They’ve got tons of things going this summer, and there’s something for all ages and interests. Honest. Go to and click on “events” to see what’s happening this week.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there had been no bids to keep the Borders chain going as of Sunday, creating the very real possibility that the chain could launch going-out-of-business sales by the time you read this.

Whether you’re for or against chain stores, the loss of a bookstore is always a sad thing. Though the ability to get deep discounts on whatever you want and have it shipped to you the next day is pretty cool, online shopping will never be able to replicate the weight of a book in your hands (Kindles don’t count) and the thrill of walking through a well-stocked store and discovering a new author. 

Kyle Tonniges

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