by Carmen J. I remember this phrase being said to me after I told a friend a boy was being mean to me in middle school. Maybe He Just Likes You. Because that didn’t make sense when I was in middle school, and it wouldn’t make sense today in modern day America. It’s the title of a … Continue reading Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee →
By Ann H. Three cheers for the arrival of spring! I am ready to embrace a new season full of hope and fresh, local vegetables. Cool nights, sunshiny days, and plenty of rain signal the right time to plant cool-season crops. First on my list this year are potatoes! Potatoes are a great family garden … Continue reading Let’s Grow Potatoes! →
by Ash and Angie C.S. Lewis once said that we read to know we are not alone, which is why many of us look to literature as a source of comfort. Years ago at the library, Angie helped a teen find young adult novels on coming out. The teen quietly said thank you, and afterwards, … Continue reading Introducing… Reads of Acceptance! →
One of this year’s Battle of the Books titles is The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon. The author is visiting virtually on April 14 for a 30-minute live Q&A! You may type your questions in advance within registration or hold them for the event. The Season of Styx Malone tells the funny, poignant story … Continue reading Author event with Kekla Magoon →
by John Dove There are so many reasons that my family loves living in Howard County … the beautiful farm land, wonderful people and accessible county resources – including our world-class Howard County Library System. We love using the Library. My family all take out books of course, but we engage in many Library programs … Continue reading Happy National Library Week! →
Spring is here! Temperatures are warming, plants are budding and blooming, and animals are reemerging – including creepy crawlies that we might be less than enthusiastic to greet. As you welcome the change of seasons, here are some reads that celebrate the natural world. Take a look below to find titles for all ages, and … Continue reading Explore Nature with April #ELKReads →
by Rohini G. I volunteer with the food pantry run by the Indian Cultural Association (ICA) and I’d like to share a little bit of what I see in the parking lot at HCLS Miller Branch. Just the other day while we were unloading boxes, a lady walked up to me. She had come to pick up books at … Continue reading Namaste, Howard County →
By Tonya Aikens, President & CEO of Howard County Library System It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate libraries! This year’s theme, Welcome to Your Library, is especially fitting as we welcome customers back inside our branches for limited in-person service for the first time since closing last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While our doors were closed, our libraries were indeed open. Our … Continue reading National Library Week 2021: State of Howard County Library System →
By Jean B. The summer camp directories are out, and though summer will still be COVID-impacted, these camp listings have me thinking about the freedom and fun of summers past. Do you have any cherished (or miserable?!) summer camp memories? Do you think of s’mores or lakes or mosquitoes? While there are all kinds of camps and camp … Continue reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer →
by Susan Thornton Hobby and Rohini Gupta Have lunch with the poets during National Poetry Month. “I don’t write out of what I know; I write out of what I wonder. I think most artists create art in order to explore, not to give the answers. Poetry and art are not about answers to me: … Continue reading At Noon: Poetry Moments →
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