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Libraries Stand Against Racism

My heart aches at the cruel and inhumane acts routinely inflicted upon my Black brothers and sisters and all people of color. Tears stream from my eyes because statements like this continue to be issued in the aftermath of senseless killings like those of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. I wail as committees are formed to check the box so we can bird watch in public parks and not endure what Christian … Continue reading Libraries Stand Against Racism

The author and title of book appear above the image of traditional African homes, with thatched roofs. Photograph surrounded by golden and black floral border.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Review by Cherise T. Ready to jump into a new series and listen on digital audio without a waitlist? Explore Howard County Library System’s Always Available Audiobooks by RBdigital and get started with Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. This series is so beloved that HBO produced a limited series and McCall Smith … Continue reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Frankly in Love

Review by Piyali C. Frank Li is a senior in high school, growing up in Southern California. He is a first generation Korean American, trying to find his identity in this world. Is he considered Korean, even though he does not speak the language and has never visited that country? Is he fully American and does the world consider him so? He has grown … Continue reading Frankly in Love

A bright red bunch of ripe strawberries overhangs a natural weathered wood planter box.

Gardening Delights

by Ann Hackeling. Mention gardening and I smile. Gardening lifts my spirits and keeps me grounded at the same time. I like the feel of damp-crumbly soil, I like to see and imagine the zillions of creatures working together below ground to support life above ground. I feel thankful when new shoots burst through the … Continue reading Gardening Delights

20th Century Women

review by Eric L. The story centers around a middle-aged single mother, Dorothea (Annette Bening), raising a fifteen-year-old son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Dorothea owns a large old house (under slow renovation) wherein she rents rooms to Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and William (Billy Crudup). Abbie is a twenty-something, artistic, feminist photographer interested in the nascent … Continue reading 20th Century Women


Welcome to Howard County Library System! While the doors to our branches may be closed, HCLS remains open at where you can stream, download, and learn.  HCLS offers numerous online tools and resources for all ages and interests. Sharpen your professional skills, learn a new language, stream music and movies, research family history, tackle “Do It Yourself” projects at home, and so … Continue reading Welcome

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