Chapter Chats

The book cover shows a young man on the left, holding a soccer ball behind a net and looking at his cell phone, and a young man on the right in a maroon and white hoodie with his hands in his pockets. Between them is an isolated image of two hands clasping. There is a pink and peach-colored bright but cloudy sky in the background, and the title lettering is in teal green.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

By Sahana C. TW: Parental abuse & abandonment, homophobia & homophobic slurs, bullying  In Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, Julián Luna is determined to make the most of his senior year of high school. He has plans on how he’ll make that happen: spending as much time as possible with his best friends, playing soccer, graduating, getting into UCLA, and, … Continue reading Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

The cover of The Gaza Kitchen is a full cover photograph of a wide variety of food, including a whole fish, rice, and hummus.

A Conversation & Cooking Demo with Author Laila El-Haddad

by Kristen B. Author and Journalist Laila El-Haddad discusses the history of spices and cuisine from the Middle East and demonstrates some of her recipes in this special virtual event on January 20. Her book is extraordinary, clearly a labor of love. She talks about living and political conditions in Gaza, while also providing recipes … Continue reading A Conversation & Cooking Demo with Author Laila El-Haddad

A pile of colorful skeins of yarn.

Get Cozy and Crafty with the DIY Collection at Elkridge

by Emily T. and Eric L., HCLS Elkridge Branch In this dark and chilly season, creative activities like making and baking can light us up from within. Tapping into creativity is a proven mood-booster, whether you complete a masterpiece or simply enjoy the process. With the DIY Collection at Elkridge, find a trove of inspiration … Continue reading Get Cozy and Crafty with the DIY Collection at Elkridge

A blue background with "snow" above a white block at the bottom, on which rests 2022. Happy New Year appears in the background bluebelow the year.

Thank you for reading in 2021

Thanks for reading Chapter Chats through another year of pandemic and uncertainty. We now have more than 180 followers, who have viewed posts almost 40,000 times (maybe we’ll be influencers soon?). The library went through some big changes, from contactless pickup to having all six branches fully open again. We talked about all sorts of … Continue reading Thank you for reading in 2021

The cover shows a young woman in profile, in a long sweeping green dress with long hair flowing behind her against the backdrop of a full moon. She has a sword raised and resting over her shoulder.

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

By Sahana C. Half Sick of Shadows caught me with its premise. Billed as a feminist version of Arthurian legend, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. King Arthur, the Round Table, and all of the many stories of knights and chivalry are…really not known for their peak feminist content. In fact, the two major women within Arthurian legend, Guinevere and Morgana, both end up being villains and … Continue reading Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

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