Nonfiction

Women's History Month- Part I

From March 1st to the 31st, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a month that highlights the contributions of women throughout history and into today.  This entire month I’ll be posting blogs centered around the lives of amazing women, both fictional and not. This week the focus is on  women’s history and biography, for all ages. 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction for African American History Month

February is African American History Month, a time dedicated to “paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society” (africanamericanhistorymonth.gov. Last week it was all about fiction, so now we're moving on, to non-fiction. Regardless of age, there's somehting here for everyone. 

 

 

 

Fiction for African American History Month

February is African American History Month, a time dedicated to “paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society” (africanamericanhistorymonth.gov). For the next two weeks I’m going to offer up recommendations on both the fiction and non-fiction side of things.  These recommendations are separated by age range, and are a mix of historical and modern settings. Today, we're talking fiction.

 

 

 

 

Becoming a Citizen

High Meadows Branch Library is here to offer help with becoming a citizen.

  • Citizenship Classes: Tuesday and Wednesday @10a.m.
  • ESL English as a Second Language: Tuesday and Thursday @11a.m.

We also offer materials (books, CDs, DVDs) to check out for additional help.

Helpful Websites:                                 
US Citizenship-USCIS 
Apply for Citizenship 
Questions and Answers

The Best Books I Read Last Year (Non-Fiction Edition)

I told you guys that these next two blogs were going to be purely self-indulgent. I'm turning “books I like” into a workable (worthwhile is still under debate) theme, and we're rolling forward into non-fiction. These are the books I read and loved this year. I’m not saying they’re the best of the best, but they’re the stories that stuck with me and now I’m sharing them with you. I've got some for all ages, and maybe even interests, here, from picture books all the way up to adult. 

 

 

 

Baking the Stress Away

We all know that this time of year can be, shall we say…stressful. There are many ways to combat said stress, for some it’s meditation, self-care, sleeping in, putting their phone on do-not-disturb for a little while and for me? Baking. I know! To some that’s part of what makes things so stressful, and I get where they’re coming from but there’s something about how methodical the steps are that helps me reach that zen place. It’s like science, but with delicious, sweet results. So, if you’re looking for a way to chill out (with the added bonus of yummy food to share or keep for yourself), or maybe just learn something new, here are some of my favorite books on the subject. Perfect for beginners all the way up to those who definitely know their way around a kitchen.

Make the Holidays Easier with Ebooks!

Now that that December is really here, life is getting more and more difficult. People are travelling, which leads to cranky road trips, stores and roads get crowded with all the holiday shoppers, and it just seems like you have less and less time to get everything done. All those things combined means that it gets harder and harder to get to the library and get the books that you need to keep your sanity. Fortunately, your HCPL website is here to help, offering electronic books and audiobooks that you can download, read or listen to, and return, without any need to go to the library! That’s right! You can have books for road trips, audiobooks for traffic, and you get this with just a click of a button, no need to go outside! What’s more, we have plenty of sites to choose from.

Biographies for all ages

Have you ever heard the phrase about how life is an empty book and we’re the authors? Well, I couldn’t remember exactly how it went so I went on a little Google search and found…a lot of very similar quotes that all boil down to the same thing. My life, well, probably wouldn’t make the most interesting of reading materials to the general public, but there are some works out there, some people out there, that have filled their books with some amazing things. With that in mind, here are a handful of biographies for each age group, perfect to learn from and be inspired by. 

 

 

Treating People with Kindness

Let’s talk about kindness. There’s a lot of negativity being thrown around these days, and sometimes it’s hard to be empathetic and keep your head up. But, as the old adage says, it cost nothing to be kind. It’s not easy, I’m well aware--it takes courage to be kind in the face of everything the world may throw at you and, sometimes, we need a little help remembering how. So, here are a few titles, for the youngest all the way up to the oldest, to help us remember that, even when things seem insurmountable, a little bit of kindness can go a very long way. 

 

 

 

Celebrate Holidays with the Library

 Now that November has come around, we are all preparing for Thanksgiving, that big holiday at the end of the month. However, there are a lot of other holidays this month that just get overlooked in our turkey preparation. Yeah, Thanksgiving is fun, but should it so blatantly overshadow Have a Party with Your Bear Day (Yeah, look it up. It’s worth a Google)? Or what about the equally important National Fast Food Day? Should that be passed over for a holiday that we just go and eat food? We agree with you that it should absolutely not! So, to help correct this egregious oversight, we at the library are happy to provide some books to help you properly celebrate some of these other holidays (as well as letting you know when these are). You’re welcome.

Syndicate content