If you like Fifty Shades of Grey

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works…
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If you like The Fireman

The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton: a highly contagious spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies before causing them to burst into flames. There is no antidote. Harper Grayson was a nurse who treated hundreds of infected patients; now the telltale gold-flecked marks are on her skin…
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If you like The Child

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building…
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Horrible History of Medicine

When it comes to the science of medicine there is much to be grateful for. Vaccines, blood typing, x-rays, antibiotics: all make huge differences in how we are treated for accidents and ailments. For those of us who are perhaps morbidly curious, or at least not terribly squeamish, exploring the history of medicine is fascinating…
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Westmoreland County’s African American History

Westmoreland County’s African American history dates back to the 17th century. During the earliest years, both enslaved people from Africa and white indentured servants were imported to the Northern Neck (the land between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers) to work on farms and plantations, with enslaved Africans becoming more prevalent over time.  17th Century …
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The Magic of Tidying Up

It's a brand new year, and you promised yourself you would be more organized. Past attempts may have been failures, and, despite the constant efforts to declutter your home, papers pile up like mountains, and your closet looks like a hurricane just hit. But 2019 is the year - the year to conquer those paper mountains…
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Book Corner: Celebrating Black History Month with Books

Black History Month means much more than celebrating the overcoming of adversity. It is much more than commending the change-makers and the activists. These are certainly important, but it’s also about embracing the everyday joy, passion, and culture of African American heritage. There are many ways to participate in Black History Month (year-round, not just in…
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Youth Media Awards 2019

The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced January 28 during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. Read about the winning and honored books below. John Newbery Medal Winner & Honorees The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature…
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