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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dig Into History with Time Team Documentaries: Available Now

Three Time Team documentaries now available on DVD!  For those Anglophiles out there (like me), you may have already come across the Time Team series while perusing Acorn or BritBox streaming channels.  This long-lived British documentary television series aired from 1994 to 2014.   

Each episode features a team of professional archaeologists carrying out digs over a period of three days, with British actor and presenter Tony Robinson explaining the process in layman’s terms along the way.  The sites excavated ranged in date from the Paleolithic to the Second World War.  What I enjoy about this series is the first-hand detail you get about how professional digs are handled – from the latest radar technology to the excavation of test strips of land to determine if “treasure” might be found.  Everything from the walls, streets, and structures of buried Roman cities beneath British soil, to weapons, pottery, and jewelry – not to mention the occasional “hoard” of gold and silver coins!   A Bonus:  Time Team America” – The Brits cross the pond to investigate and uncover some of America’s historical locations and treasures! 

Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion  
Time Team: The Team's Favorite Digs
Time Team America 

Monday, September 17, 2018

You CAN Handle the Truth: September Nonfiction Book Picks

Posted by the Information Services Department (Gwen B., Lisa E., Joyce D., & Emily W.)

Here's the latest list of our new nonfiction book picks! Listed below, along with their Dewey Decimal classification, are our top picks of the nonfiction books that looked most interesting, ultra-informative, or just plain fun. You can request them now by clicking on the titles and placing a hold.

155.7 MIL The Human Instinct by Kenneth R. Miller
A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will.



234.23 CAR Faith: A Journey for All by Jimmy Carter
In this powerful reflection, President Jimmy Carter contemplates how faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment. He considers how we may find it in our own lives.


261.5 REI 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted.


 282.092 KAI Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World by Robert Kaiser
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, has captured our attention by stepping away from the papal throne, unafraid to give impromptu interviews, decentralize church governance, or explore new horizons for the greater good of the people of God. His actions and words suggest that he is here not to dominate but to serve, less inclined to preach than to listen, and to bring us back to Jesus "that we may have life and have it more abundantly." Award-winning journalist Robert Blair Kaiser argues that the pope's Jesuit DNA is central to understanding how Pope Francis is shaping the church and the world.

305.88097 HIL We Have Overcome by Jason Hill
A black immigrant’s eloquent appreciation of the American Dream, and why his adopted nation remains the most noble experiment in enabling the pursuit of happiness.


 306.20943 JAR Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century by Konrad Jarausch
The gripping stories of ordinary Germans who lived through World War II, the Holocaust, and Cold War partition--but also recovery, reunification, and rehabilitation  



379.263 DEV A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin
A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education


637.109 KUR Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky
Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout. 


781.640973 MCW Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Muisc in the Civil War by Christian McWhirter
Music was everywhere during the Civil War. Tunes could be heard ringing out from parlor pianos, thundering at political rallies, and setting the rhythms of military and domestic life. With literacy still limited, music was an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and it had a lasting impact in the decades that followed.


782.421660922 PRI Visualizing the Beatles by John Pring
Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade.


 791.4372 GRA Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham
A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.


929.20973 ROW Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom
A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its fa├žade - told by the inheritor of their stories.



940.53 DRO The Stone Crusher by Jeremy Dronfield 
In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his sixteen-year-old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Meet the Staff: Kaylee G.


How long have you worked at the library?  
4 months

How many items do you have checked out right now? 

How many items are on your hold list?
None, because I need to get through all the books I have out first. (And because I just checked out the four that were on hold for me, as if I didn’t already have enough.)


What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?
Either Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey or The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Both tell unique stories or have unique solutions to common tropes while also being overall enjoyable to read.

What is your favorite book format (book, audio, mp3, e-reader, etc.)?
Book because I love the feeling of holding a physical copy of the thing I’m reading, though I’ve started reading some e-books lately because of the convenience.

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?
Helping people find new books to enjoy!

What books do you feel guilty for not having read?

The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. It looks really interesting, but it’s set in the same universe as a series that I just couldn’t get into.

Have your reading habits changed since working at the library? If so, how?
Technically, yes. In high school, I consumed entirely too many books, but while I was in college, it slowed down dramatically, so now I’m finally getting back into the habit of reading more.

What is your perfect reading environment?
Somewhere comfy with music playing in the background 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now?
Red Is Best by Kathy Stinson. I don’t think it’s changed after all these years.