By Eliana H. “Hell is a series of hallways.” I think I can believe that. In The Library of the Unwritten, author A.J. Hackwith imagines not only Hell, but a variety of realms of the afterlife, down to the bureaucracy that governs them. Claire Hadley has been Hell’s Librarian for a few decades now. She runs the Unwritten Wing, home to all of the stories that authors never actually … Continue reading The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith →
By Kim M. Taking standardized tests, choosing the right college, and planning for a career can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when so much is uncertain. You can control your preparation and research, though, ensuring the best possible outcome. Preparing thoroughly helps to eliminate anxiety and build confidence in your test performance and decision making. Testing … Continue reading Empower Your College and Career Planning with the Testing & Education Reference Center →
By Laci R. I truly believe in the importance of taking time to reflect on what makes us feel thankful – what fills our hearts with joy. I’ve compiled some of my favorite picture books for the Thanksgiving holiday, traditions that accompany it, and thankfulness in general that I hope you enjoy sharing with the … Continue reading A Time to Give Thanks →
By Alan S. I know that is a groundbreaking title there. Anyway, this post is a personal illustration of connecting with book characters because they are like me. Before anyone else can point it out – yes, I am a white guy. Yes, I am a white, heterosexual male. Yes, there are many books about … Continue reading We Need Diverse Books →
By Ben H. “it’s hard to write about a love story with a broken heart” – Kim Gordon Girl in a Band is a breakup memoir and it’s a good one. It is also much more than a breakup memoir. It is a pretty killer Künstlerroman* (Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter is a good comparison); a … Continue reading Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon →
By Katie DiSalvo-Thronson Are you heading into some holiday conversations you already dread? Or wishing you could talk to someone about a position they hold that you deeply disagree with, but feel unsure how to do it? When you think about someone who voted differently than you in the last election, are you wondering, “can … Continue reading Longest Table Tips for ‘Impossible Conversations’ →
By Cherise T. Do you miss browsing our library shelves? Settling into a cozy chair to explore a stack of books and deciding which to check out and take home? Filling your bag with books by new authors, DVDs for that sitcom your daughter thought you’d love, CDs by a band you’ve been hearing on the radio? If so, Howard County Library System’s Bundle Bags will bring you joy, information, … Continue reading Bundle Up →
By Rohini G. Whether you are stepping into a career for the first time, looking to accelerate your growth, or seeking a change in direction, check out our upcoming Employment and Workforce Development series. Through a series of workshops being offered from November through January, HCLS has partnered with the UMBC Career Center to discuss … Continue reading Charge Up Your Career →
By Eric L. We celebrate Veterans Day today, November 11, and it’s not just an extra day off each year. As a young person, I didn’t realize the significance of the date and why it doesn’t float like similar holidays. Veterans Day was not explained to me in school; in fact, the significance of the First World War wasn’t very clear until I took a college-level … Continue reading Veterans Day and Vonnegut →
By Cherise T. If you’re like me, you really miss live theater. The Playbills. Waiting for the curtain to rise, the actors to appear. Entering another world. Audiobooks can offer a similar exhilarating trip. Recently, some audiobooks go beyond one or two readers. They offer a whole cast of performers who immerse you in the books’ texts like … Continue reading Book Theater →
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