Review by Kristen B. I know we all feel like we’re living in a disaster movie or dystopian novel (ok, maybe it’s just me), but sometimes misery loves company. Particularly, when it comes with a good dash of ingenuity and a lot of hope in humanity’s ability to solve big problems. At the beginning of … Continue reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal →
Review by Claudia J. I glanced over at my pile of “to be read” books and picked up Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob. I checked the book out long before the coronavirus pandemic kept us in and images of systemic racism made their way out. In a time when I was … Continue reading Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob →
A frazzled parent’s guide to keeping your teen learning with the most powerful card in their wallet – their library card! By Lori C. My last post explored the many fun and engaging ways to expand on your teen’s interests and hobbies with our online eResources. Let’s explore how your high school student can supplement their learning goals and expand their academic success with … Continue reading My Teen is Bored! – Part 2 →
By Lori C. The traditional summer job or internship probably didn’t appear as an option this year, so what’s a bored teen to do? And how’s a frazzled parent going to keep them occupied while social distancing? Now’s the time for your teen to fully utilize the most powerful card in their wallet – their library … Continue reading My Teen is Bored! →
By Piyali C. Many fascinating works of immigrant literature highlight various aspects of the immigrant experience, including the anonymity and loneliness that I reflected on in Monday’s post about my own experience as an immigrant who eventually discovered a welcoming community at my local library. Here are a few of my favorites: The Namesake by … Continue reading The Library is for Everyone, Part 2 →
By Piyali C. The residents of Howard County are blessed to enjoy the diverse cultures and practices that people from countries around the world bring to our community. I was one such immigrant who moved to Howard County from India in 2004 with a 5 year old and a newborn. Every immigrant’s experience is different … Continue reading The Library is for Everyone →
Review by Eric L. The title itself should take you back to a time and parlance that we, as a country of “free” citizens, should have moved past long ago. Sadly, we have not. I am Not Your Negro is a great introduction to James Baldwin. Filmmaker Raoul Peck worked on the project for nearly a decade (a recent article by Peck in The Atlantic entitled James … Continue reading I Am Not Your Negro →
By Rebecca W. Remember when genealogy records first started popping up online? When you were finally able to research those mysterious New England ancestors without actually driving to New England, or even worse, calling someone on the telephone? And then remember how you jumped on your computer and, within hours, had a complete record of … Continue reading Research Your Genealogy with Resources from HCLS →
Review by Kristen B. Meet Maggie Hoskie: monster hunter, Navajo (Diné) clan warrior, and first person narrator of Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut novel. In Trail of Lightning, the world as we know it has been mostly destroyed by earthquakes and subsequent floods. A strange thing happened during that time: Navajo history, gods, and legends came back … Continue reading Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse →
By Piyali C. I heaved a sigh of relief as I parked my car. I think you will agree, finding parking in a high school parking lot on a Back to School Night is a sheer stroke of luck. I did a mental check as I walked towards the high school carrying my bag of … Continue reading The Magic Words: Free SAT Practice Tests! →
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