By HCLS Elkridge Branch staff Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in the United States. March 8 has been honored as International Women’s Day since 1911, with nations around the world celebrating the movement toward women’s rights. This annual celebration gives us the opportunity to honor women past and present who have paved the way for continued progress for all. This … Continue reading Celebrate Women’s History Month with #ELKReads →
by Emily T. Sometimes there are just no words. For families talking with children about death and grieving, the words we want can be especially hard to find. But we are not alone. Heartfelt picture books are one of my favorite sources of solace. In aiming to speak clearly to children, the best ones are both simple and profound. They can help … Continue reading The Solace of Children’s Picture Books on Death and Grieving →
by Rohini G. Brandon Hobson, author of The Removed, believes that good fiction starts with a question. “The big question here was how do we grieve, and how do we heal. But I’m also interested in the question of what is home?” Examining these questions is the starting place for his writing, Hobson says in … Continue reading What is Home? asks Brandon Hobson →
by Kristen B. Something kind of funny happened at the holidays: every member of my family was gifted a cookbook. I’m not sure if this is in recognition that we all like to play in the kitchen or the need to find some new recipes as we have grown seriously bored with our old usuals. … Continue reading Cooking with Ottolenghi →
By Julie F. Connie Schultz is one of my favorite columnists; her sweet daily reminders on Twitter to “breathe” are a vital moment each evening in a busy routine. Her debut novel, a summer highlight, is full of moments reflecting on the secrets and struggles of working-class families in Ohio, from 1956 through 1994. Brick … Continue reading The Daughters of Erietown →
By Becky W. I love listening to audiobooks. Anytime I have the option to occupy my ears (driving, washing dishes, mowing the lawn), you can be sure an audiobook is playing in the background. Despite all the benefits of audiobooks, sometimes when we finally get a book that’s been on hold for six weeks – … Continue reading Listening List: Six science fiction novels with great audiobooks →
By Khaleel G. I must confess a librarian’s sin: I always mix up Paddington the bear with Corduroy (who is also a bear). Three decades after first reading these books, I only remembered a cute lil’ guy, riding up an escalator, getting into good-hearted mischief. Yet over the past few years, I’ve read amazing reviews of … Continue reading We could all use a little Paddington →
By JP Landolt Trying new things can be costly. For instance, learning a new instrument has a considerable price tag after you add up the purchases for the instrument, books, and lessons. Then, there’s that thing that sometimes happens. You know, when you’ve spent all this money and realize you’re just not that into it? … Continue reading Free Music Lessons with ArtistWorks →
By Katie DiSalvo-Thronson With respect to racism, tell us about a time in the last six months you had an experience and thought “things have got to change.” All of us have a story to tell, and we’d like to hear yours! HCLS wants to provide community engagement and education that advances equity and connects people … Continue reading Racial Equity: Collecting Stories in our Community →
By Eric L. If you’re reading this, you probably like books. And you may, like me, find and pick stories to read that you can relate to irrespective of time and place. That said, thanks to the fantastic members of my HCLS book discussion group (Read. Think. Talk. First Monday of the month at 7 pm) for suggesting Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel … Continue reading Pandemic Reads →
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