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11/11/2013 - 4:01am
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers & Saints are a masterful pair of graphic novels that offer perspective on both sides of China's Boxer Rebellion, a decade long struggle that I am ashamed to say I knew nothing about. The struggle hinged upon the arrival of Europeans who brought Christianity to the Chinese along with an unfortunate dose of subjugation.

11/11/2013 - 4:01am
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief

The Virginia Alpha Unit of Registered Parliamentarians, National Association of Parliamentarians will present a workshop on the book "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief" on Saturday, November 16 from 10 am to 12 pm at Headquarters in Meeting Room 2.
Each registered and participating person will receive a free copy of the book.
Contact LyndaBaerPRP@gmail.com or (540) 372-1144, ext 277 to register.

11/07/2013 - 12:35pm

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, starts on a magical, snowy day. There’s still school though so Hazel and her best friend Jack make plans to meet up and go sledding afterward. Since her Dad left her and her mom, things have really changed for Hazel in a bad way. She had to stop going to the fun school where the teachers were happy she had such vivid imagination and creativity. Now Hazel goes to classes where the desks are perfectly lined up all the time, and there is to be no fidgeting. Hazel fidgets anyway.

11/06/2013 - 9:45am
The Only Web Software You Need

When library customers ask me to show them how to use their laptops, I can't help but notice all the junk they've got that's slowing their computers way down. Some of this is manufacturer-loaded software, but the lion's share of it is from Web sites they've browsed to which inform them they need a particular program or plug-in to run correctly. This is something I addressed at length in my post on Avoiding Sneakware.

11/06/2013 - 4:02am
Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Even the title of Devo's debut album shows that this band has a lot of strangeness to unpack. A New Wave quintet from Akron, Ohio, Devo dresses in industrial jumpsuits with goggles and plastic flowerpot helmets on their heads. Stay with me.

The band's main argument and name is based on the idea that human civilization has reached its peak and is actually devolving. I'll let you be the judge of that claim, but I still highly encourage you to check out this incredibly rocking, highly danceable album.

11/05/2013 - 9:12am
Cover to Adventures Among Ants

Ants are among the most numerous animals on the Earth, but few people pay little attention to them other than to step on them when they become an inconvenience. Have you ever wondered how ants are always able to summon swarms of allies seemingly from nowhere?  Or, how ants can plan massively-coordinated attacks and design gigantic nests?  Mark W. Moffett wondered and wrote a book, Adventures Among Ants, detailing the discoveries he made after years of research.

11/04/2013 - 3:37pm

Author Jean Fritz has written many books that kids enjoy. They’re often funny and full of adventure and always have great characters. They’re also pretty much absolutely true. Jean specializes in history books, especially people’s life stories. As a biographer, she tries to get to know the people and the times in which they lived through research including reading their own words. Then she takes all that history and turns it around in her mind until it becomes a story her readers will enjoy.

11/04/2013 - 1:18pm
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Zombie Baseball Beatdown appears to have been written exclusively to combine the undead with baseball bats—in the most splattery combination possible. This does not make Paolo Bacigalupi's first book for middle grade readers bad. In fact, he manages to inject some pretty great commentary into this wild zombie romp.

11/02/2013 - 10:28am
Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths

About a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a blog post entitled "Common Computer Myths" that sought to debunk some of the misinformation I hear frequently regarding computers. Well, I'm always running into new techno-falsehoods, so for your consideration: "Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths" and their realities!

11/04/2013 - 4:25pm
World Book Night, April 23, 2014 logo

Start the New Year by joining the CRRL in giving a wonderful book—or two or twenty—to those who may not be familiar with the joys of reading.  Sign up by January 5, 2014, to receive multiple copies of amazing books.  The only catch: they cannot be resold. Neither are they to keep for yourself or your bibliophile friends.  They are to be given away with joyful hearts, as an invitation to the world of reading.  There’s no charge to be a book giver, but you do need to apply.