by Kristen B. Tana French’s The Searcher offers homage to the American Western, from its namesake The Searchers to John Wayne’s True Grit. In this slightly updated version, Cal Hooper retires from the Chicago PD to a small town in the west of Ireland. He’s an outsider, looking to start a new life after leaving … Continue reading The Searcher by Tana French →
by Monae R. Turtle in Paradise, originally a children’s book, was published as a lovely graphic novel last year. This story by Jennifer L. Holm works wonderfully for children and teens who may be having trouble reading fiction but find graphic novels and pictures easier to comprehend and follow. The story follows an 11-year-old girl … Continue reading A Quick, Feel Good Read →
Laura Johnson works for the United Way of Central Maryland as Senior Vice President and Chief Acceleration Officer. She is also a member of the library’s Racial Equity Alliance and will be a host at the upcoming Longest Table event on Oct 1. She recently shared her experiences at the Longest Table. How many years … Continue reading Interview & Invitation: Join us at the Longest Table →
by Sahana C. Banned Books Week is a party. We celebrate our unfettered access to whichever books we choose. The national theme of Banned Books Week stands firm in its message against censorship. When it began in 1982, Banned Books Week was not a protest, but a reaction to an increasing number of book challenges. … Continue reading Celebrate Banned Books Week: September 18 – 24 →
by Carmen J. You may know the actress Selma Blair from her notorious same-sex kiss in Cruel Intentions or her frenemy role in Legally Blonde. Most recently, she has been a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate, following her diagnosis in 2018. She is also the creator of an ability-inclusive beauty brand, Guide Beauty. And even if … Continue reading Mean Baby by Selma Blair →
By Piyali C. Tue, October 4 | 7 – 8 pmHCLS Miller BranchRegister at this link. The theme for One Maryland One Book this year was “new beginning.” As a member of the selection committee, I was assigned to read What’s Mine and Yours as a potential title. It took me a while to recognize … Continue reading Author Works with Naima Coster: What’s Mine and Yours – 2022 One Maryland One Book →
by Nancy T. It’s back to school time! Not just for students, but for teachers and bus drivers as well. To celebrate this year’s return, more than 70 local students from the Clarksville Youth Care Group (CYCG) worked hard all summer to create teacher and bus driver appreciation kits. These kits consist of a hand-sewn … Continue reading Clarksville Youth Care Group Appreciation Project →
by Emily B. October is National Arts & Humanities Month, so I decided to ask my Central Branch teammates about their favorite artists and art works from the Art Education Collection. Here’s what they had to say: April and Wendy love Van Gogh. April’s favorite work is Starry Night. She appreciates “his colors and his … Continue reading Staff Favorites from the Art Education Collection →
by Christie L. I’m a speed reader. When I told my family that I read four books on a recent getaway, they teased me about whether I remembered any details. One was an advanced reader copy and not widely available for a couple of months. While I may not have encyclopedic recall, I can tell … Continue reading What I Read on My Summer Vacation →
Books: They are one of the fundamental reasons for a public library – purchasing, lending, recommending, and discussing. After all, as much fun as reading is all by itself, sometimes there are books you NEED to talk about. HCLS staff facilitate a wide variety of groups that read and discuss all sorts of books – … Continue reading Join a Book Discussion Group →
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