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10 Must-Reads for Mom

ten books selected just for mom

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Or maybe you’re a mom looking for the perfect read? Check out some of these must-reads.

 

 

 

 

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LitFest 2018

Downtown library LitFest advertisment

Come join us at LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums and genres are welcome! The day's agenda includes topics such as diversity in publishing, making comics, branding, self-publishing, writing technique and more! We will also have a book fair and booths with local publishers, authors, and university writing programs.

Register now to receive a form to create your personalized session schedule. You will also have the opportunity to register for one-on-one manuscript critiques with 4RV Publishing. Read more and sign up on our website.

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Belle Isle Butterflies

Belle Isle Butterfly garden

The Belle Isle Library recently welcomed some very special new members to its property: beautiful monarch butterflies! The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is an incredible phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly to migrate two ways, as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can sleep through winter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when to travel south for the winter.

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Community Focus: Library has many options for Spanish speakers

Making History

Making History

Although I have a history degree and call myself a feminist, Women's History class was the hardest for me. Why? Because I thought our history could be summed up in one sentence: Women's lives sucked until the passage of the 19th amendment and then it got a little less sucky. But, was I wrong! I've since discovered countless stories of incredible women. Did you know one of the best WWII snipers was a Russian woman? Or realize a large female spy network was active in France during the war? Nor did I before diving into these books.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

It's been five years since Ready Player One swept through the book world, and the movie is landing this weekend. Virtual reality, gaming geekery, and 80's pop culture combined to make this book an instant classic for science fiction fans. Readers have been speculating if (and how) the movie will incorporate anywhere near the 350+ pop culture references from the book. Will the movie live up the hype?

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Consumer Watch: Saving big bucks by using the library

The Best of Kanopy: A Night at the Opera

Opera on stage

You may already be aware that with your library card and an internet connection you can use Kanopy to checkout 6 titles each month and that can be streamed on your web browser, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku device. You may also be aware that Kanopy contains thousands of feature films, documentaries, and educational videos.

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Who run the world? Girls!

Beyonce gif of who runs the world

March is Women’s History Month so what better time to highlight some of the best written female characters in the fantasy genre? Characters that have the full range of characteristics that real-live women have, not just some one-dimensional purpose of being the love interest, jealous mean girl, or damsel in distress.  Feel free to check out some of my past blogs for more recommendations and let me know what other books or series you would add to my list.

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Her-story

historical female pilot standing in front of a vintage airplane

I discovered historical fiction in the first grade. I picked out The Witch of Blackbird Pond from my school library because it sounded spooky—I’ve always been a little Wednesday Addams at heart—but I came to find out it wasn’t the pointy hats and broomsticks kind of witch, but rather the Puritans and witch trials kind. I was fascinated. And appalled. And I instantly had to tell everyone I knew about this horrifying time in our nation’s past.

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