One of the great perks of being a librarian is that you are surrounded by people who are as passionate about books as you are. I have found that books are a great way to connect with other people and that the shared experience of having read the same author or similar titles can help create lifelong friends. While taking a tour of the Croatian islands during my honeymoon, a fellow passenger and I bonded over our mutual love of Octavia Butler. The other passengers stared curiously at us as we talked a hundred miles a minute and gesticulated wildly because we could not contain our love for Butler and her award-winning books. Thinking back on that conversation, I considered some of the other great authors I look forward to reading throughout the year and especially during February to celebrate African American History Month.
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at England Run Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 10:00-11:30.
Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer’s Association:
Investing for the first time or changing your allocations can be very confusing. It’s hard to know if your choices have a good outlook or if they have had a dismal performance in the past.
The library can help with that! All library cardholders have access to Morningstar Investment Research Center, which provides expert insight on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the library will be hosting a class, Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My, on the basics of Morningstar Investment Research Center. This class will be held at England Run Branch on Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30, and at Salem Church Branch on Monday, April 17, 6:30-7:30.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on nanowrimo.org.
Do you enjoy lively discussions?
Do you enjoy a good pint while having said lively discussions?
Then join us for a special Books and Beer Club Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00!
We'll start at 2:00 at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant, 324 William Street, move to Brock's Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, at 3:00, and finish up at Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George Street, from 4:00-5:00.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat and a copy of your preferred book by calling the England Run adult research desk at 540-899-1703. There is no charge to register for the event, but beverages and food will be available for purchase at each venue. You must be 21 or over to attend the pub crawl.
With thousands of educational apps, it’s hard to know where to start. Many of the apps are great ways to learn about specific subjects, but start with these free general education apps:
Search for and view definitions and synonyms for over two million words. The app also allows you to save your favorite word and will provide a word of the day. Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Each month we'll be bringing you apps that library staff know and use. Here's a list of free apps for exploring the universe from the comfort of your couch:
Google Sky Map
Google Sky Map lets you explore the universe through images from NASA satellites, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope. Available only for Android products.
The NASA App contains all things NASA related. It includes the latest NASA content including over 14,000 images, videos on-demand, NASA Television, mission information, news, tweets, satellite tracking, and more. Available for Android and Apple products and Kindle Fire.
Australia—a land of kangaroos, koala bears, 12-foot earthworms, killer seashells, and Prime Ministers who disappear in the surf—provides a rich adventure for those who are not afraid to possibly encounter some of the world’s deadliest creatures and forbidding terrain. Bill Bryson, author of the bestseller A Walk in the Woods, invites us on his treks throughout the Land Down Under from the comfort of our own homes (away from the deadly box jellyfish and toxic caterpillars) in his book, In a Sunburned Country.
The entire town knew that the Vicario twins were planning on murdering Santiago Nasar, and nobody stopped the brutal murder. Determined to understand how a man liked by the town and his murderers could be killed without anyone stopping it, the narrator sets out 27 years after the event to talk to the townspeople and reconstruct what happened that fateful day in Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
Part fantasy, part romance, Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson is a time travel novel featuring Richard Collier, who falls in love with a turn of the century actress and travels back in time to meet her.
In 1971, Richard, on finding out that he is suffering from terminal cancer, embarks on a road trip from Los Angeles to Denver. On the way, he stops at a historic hotel on the coast in San Diego where he sees a play program from the late 1800s and falls in love with the woman pictured on the front. Captivated by her beauty, Collier researches the actress, Elise McKenna and finds out that she never married, had an overbearing manager named W.F. Robinson, and that she had a brief encounter in 1896 with a mysterious man at the hotel he is currently staying at. Throughout his research, he realizes that he has fallen deeply in love with the woman, and convinces himself that he is the mysterious man with whom Elise had an affair.