by Kristen B. The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan could be easily categorized (and perhaps dismissed) as “women’s fiction” since it offers a solid look at four women’s lives in 1942 Britain. I rather despair of idea that novels about women and their daily travails are some how less weighty or less literary than more … Continue reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan →
by Julie N. I am excited to be able to host my favorite author at Central Branch on Friday, August 19 at 3 pm and to have the opportunity to celebrate her extensive career. She is a fan favorite, a kid favorite, and my favorite! Over the years, many students have been captivated by the … Continue reading The Reason That I Read: Mary Downing Hahn →
Do you love the fair? Deep fried everything? Rides? Awards for livestock and hand-crafts? What’s not to love? This year, as you come in the front gates, look for Howard County Library System’s new STEAM Machine. Stop by to participate in a STEAM-related activity, watch a demo, or take a tour of our new (air … Continue reading Visit us at the Howard County Fair →
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to absolutely no one.– anonymous review of Moby Dick by Ben H. Moby Dick; or, The Whale, Herman Melville’s 1851 masterpiece, is a perfect summer read. It’s long – good for those endless summer days at the beach. It’s a great conversation starter – good for extra … Continue reading Moby Dick; or, The Whale →
by Ash B. Not to be dramatic, but The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake is one of the most underrated novels I’ve read. It received positive reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly – and yet it still seems like not many people know about it. That’s why … Continue reading The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake →
by Eric L. As the weather heats up and tensions in America never seem to ebb, I am reminded of the Spike Lee masterpiece (or “joint’ as he prefers to creatively call them), Do the Right Thing. I am surprised by the number of people I speak with who have not seen this film. I … Continue reading Do the Right Thing →
By Piyali C. Most people at their workplaces dream of moving up in the chain. They aspire to be assistant managers, managers, or chiefs of staff, and hopefully rise to the top. I dream of starting new book clubs. I already co-facilitate two book clubs at the library – Global Reads and Strictly Historical Fiction. But … Continue reading The Class Mom series by Laurie Gelman →
By Kimberly J. In this autobiography, journalist Stephanie Land details the hardships and trials she endured during her daughter’s first years. Driven into homelessness due in part to an abusive partner, an abusive father, and an absent mother, Land is truly on her own. Her family and friends have nothing to give, leaving her alone … Continue reading Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land →
Thursday, Aug 11 from 7 – 8 pm at Miller Branch. Please register to attend. Limited seats.Register at bit.ly/twittyhcls In partnership with the Howard County Jewish Federation and Baltimore Jewish Council In his new book KosherSoul, Michael Twitty, author of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene (read a review), explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and … Continue reading Author Works with Michael Twitty →
by Ash B. and Christie L. Enrich your summer at the Equity Resource Center! Visit for the books, movies, music – and exhibits. The space upstairs at Central Branch purposefully has plenty of room for exhibits that focus on equity issues. If you missed our previous one, Undesign the Redline, you can still view a … Continue reading Equity Resource Collection and New Brave Stories Exhibit →
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