Teen Read Week After Party
Read for the Record: Tuesday, October 21
Friends of the Library Book Sale at HQ
Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes, October 13-28
Food For Fines: October 12-18
Halloween Fun: Celebrations for babies - grade 6
Teen Read Week After Party
Read for the Record: Tuesday, October 21
Friends of the Library Book Sale at HQ
Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes, October 13-28
Food For Fines: October 12-18
Halloween Fun: Celebrations for babies - grade 6

LibraryPoint Blog

03/13/2012 - 3:31am
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, seeks to determine through investigative journalism exactly what goes into deciding what we should eat. Pollan explains that as omnivores, humans have such a vast variety of foods that they are able to eat—plant, animal, and even fungi--that it creates a problem within the human mind. Other species such as the koala bear only have one choice for dinner, eucalyptus leaves; because humans have so many choices, deciding what to eat can take up a large part of humans' time. 
 
In order to investigate exactly how we have come to use the supermarkets and the industrial-style meal preparations today, Pollan looks at all of the ways in which people are able to feed themselves. He analyzes first the industrial-style food change, which starts with large farms in other parts of the country—or, in some cases, other parts of the world—and consists mostly of corn products, which leads to a meal served at your local McDonald's. Then he looks into the organic phenomena that we're seeing today, which stemmed out of early ideas about better ways to manufacture food that does not contain hormones and antibiotics that other industrial food chains add. Next, he looks at some alternative food production models, such as grass feed farms. The one that he examines most thoroughly is Polyface Farm, which is located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Lastly, Pollan looks at the most traditional way of food production—food foraging—with which he produces an entire meal using his own skills in Berkley, California.

03/12/2012 - 8:13am
Preserving Your Digital Photos

We can store paper photos in a shoebox, pull them out every now and then and enjoy them for decades. But we can't store and neglect digital photos in the same way. Unless we understand the risks and learn how to manage our digital images, we may lose access to them eventually.

It's easy to get started.  Learn how to care for and preserve your digital stuff in this presentation by Mike Ashenfelder from the Library of Congress.

Headquarters Library, Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 – 8:30

Please call Headquarters Reference (540) 372–1144, ext. 232 to sign up.

03/12/2012 - 8:07am
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Do you believe in ghosts? Violet Willoughby does not and she is the daughter of a medium, albeit a fraudulent one. In Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, the year is 1872, London England and Violent is the daughter of a scheming, manipulative and opportunistic mother who wants her to “marry up” no matter what. They rig séances and swindle unsuspecting high society spiritualists. After many faked séances Violet remains a skeptic of ghosts until one fateful night she sees a transparent girl oozing water and lilies and who will not rest until her killer is brought to justice. Violet is the only one who sees the very persistent spirit and soon realizes that it is up to her to solve the mystery behind her death in order to have the spirit be at peace.