Howard County Library System (HCLS) has again been designated a 2020 Five Star Library by Library Journal for delivering excellence in public education for all ages. HCLS consistently earns the highest five-star ranking attained by fewer than one percent of public libraries in the U.S. and remains the only library system in Maryland to do … Continue reading HCLS designated a Five Star Library →
by Rohini G. Last year we embarked on a powerful journey of connection through reading and discussion among veterans in Howard County. This journey continues in 2021. Our facilitator, David Owens, USNA Class of ‘94, shares his thoughts in a candid interview. David, you are a former Naval officer and an entrepreneur with your own media production company. You are also the facilitator of a Veterans Book Group … Continue reading Veterans Book Group: A Journey →
“Above all, he was flabbergasted by their constant prating about liberty while continuing the enslavement of tens of thousands” Gerald Horne (writing about Samuel Johnson’s feelings about the colonists) If you’ve ever wanted more information on the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War, Gerald Horne’s got you covered. His 2014 book, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States … Continue reading Revolution or Counter-Revolution? →
By Khaleel G. As winter rears its cold head, I’ve found myself returning to manga – Japanese comics – more often. Partly for the comfort it brings this aging nerd, and partly for the way you can read one volume, then pick up another, like eating bunches of caramel popcorn. But mostly, I return to manga … Continue reading Manga Chat: Basketball & Cannibals →
By Piyali C. There are many ancient inns on the bank of the river Thames, providing their patrons with more than just ale and cider. Patrons looking for music go to The Red Lion at Kelmscott; for deep contemplation, they go to the Green Dragon at Inglesham; the Stag at Eaton Hastings is the place … Continue reading Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield →
By Elkridge Branch staff Winter is a great time to curl up with a cozy read. Cold and sometimes dreary weather begs for a blanket, a hot drink, and a fire. This month, the Elkridge branch staff members have collected a list of titles to encourage you to Stay Cozy! Keep an eye on the HCLS Facebook page … Continue reading Stay Cozy with Elkridge – for kids →
By Kristen B. Sometimes, as the days get dark and cold, I prefer to read books that reflect the world around me. I’m not as drawn to these sorts of books in the summer, those are the marvelous, warm days of beach-y reads. HCLS has kicked off its Winter Reading challenge, which asks you to … Continue reading Wintery Tales for Winter Reading Challenge →
Howard County Library System wishes you all the best during the holiday season. Thank you for reading our new blog, which we began in May. We hope you’ve enjoyed the reviews and maybe discovered a new electronic resource or two. We published nearly 95 posts this year; here were some of the most-read posts of … Continue reading Happy Holidays! →
by Katie DiSalvo-Thronson Learn about what’s local! This fall we designed and launched a new series of programs to educate customers about local diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and connect participants to organizations taking action on those topics. Why? Our mission to provide high-quality education for all must include education about our own community! As … Continue reading Community Engagement for Equity →
Reviews by Kristen B. Brown Girl Dreaming may be one of the most beautifully poignant books I’ve ever had the privilege to read. This autobiographical text told in verse relates Woodson’s childhood memories of both Brooklyn, NY and her grandparents’ home in rural South Carolina. I loved the glow of fireflies appearing in the summer … Continue reading Jacqueline Woodson: Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn →
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