by Kimberly J For women who know they’re pregnant, about 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.1 About one pregnancy in 100 after 20 weeks of pregnancy is affected by stillbirth, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States.2 In 2018, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.7 deaths per … Continue reading October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month →
by Ann H. Now is a great time to harvest and plant milkweed to support the dwindling monarch population. Milkweed is the host plant of the monarch butterfly. It is where monarch butterflies lay their eggs, and when the eggs hatch the tiny monarch larvae (caterpillars) start chomping away on their one and only food … Continue reading Milkweed for Monarchs →
By Carolina W. and Gabriela P. Tomorrow marks the final day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in culmination and in the spirit of #OwnVoices, HCLS presents two book reviews written by Latina staff members about Hispanic authors. Read to the end to find out about classes this week in celebration of Hispanic Heritage! By Gabriela … Continue reading Hispanic Heritage #OwnVoices →
By Claudia J. Mark your calendars on October 12th! Beginning this year, Howard County will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On WJZ-13 CBS, County Executive Calvin Ball released a statement on the decision. “Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day does not absolve us from our history, but we hope that it sets a tone and opens up discussions … Continue reading October 12th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day! →
By Carmen J. With the stories of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor – to name but a few – making headlines and sparking the continued need for police reform and racial unity, the timeliness of this title is both powerful and serendipitous. I’m Not Dying with you Tonight (available as a book, eBook, … Continue reading I’m Not Dying with you Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal →
Review by Claudia J. National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! What better to celebrate than to read a novel amplifying amazing authors? In honor of recognizing Hispanic stories this month as well as year-round, I highly suggest a harrowing novel I read recently. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras tells the journey … Continue reading Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras →
By PIyali. C. As our doors at Howard County Library closed at the beginning of the pandemic, we understood the need of the community to stay connected virtually despite the fact that we had to stay apart physically. Many of our library sponsored book discussion groups, along with other library classes, pivoted to meet online … Continue reading What next? Books for Discussion @ Book Corner →
By Laci R. When you hear the words “banned book,” what’s the first thought that comes to mind? Is it a particular title? Do you stay away from these books or welcome them onto your bookshelf? Is your child allowed to read these books? I’m always intrigued by a title that has made it onto the banned/challenged books … Continue reading Banned Book Week: Children’s Challenges →
On Tuesday, October 6 at 11 am, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See visits virtually to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women. She will be in conversation with Laura Yoo, Professor of English at Howard Community College and a board member of Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Register to receive a link … Continue reading Virtual Visit with Lisa See →
By Deborah B. “Stop! You can’t eat that bacon! It’s bad.” You pause and look at the stranger. “It’s bacon. Even bad bacon is good.” “No, I mean it’s bad for you.” And with that, the stranger whips your plate of crispy bacon off the table and tilts the contents into an oversized Hefty. You: Apologize to … Continue reading Teens! Protect Your Bacon! →
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