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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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Dare to Dream: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rosie the Riveter modified graphic with "We can Do it"

A few years ago, my sweet little daughter was born (alongside her fantastic twin brother). It was a moment I’d dreamed about for years, and as I lavished upon my brand new little girl her very first snuggles, I wondered what mark she’d leave on the world. Would she be an astronaut? A surgeon? A teacher? A full-time mother? An artist? A construction worker? An architect? A librarian? A collector? A spender? A saver? As I listened to her little squeaks in those precious moments it dawned on me that it didn’t matter. I didn’t care.

Best of Kanopy: Documentaries

Documentary film maker filming iceburgs

Documentaries are little glimpses into other people’s lives. They can give you new perspectives, shift your focus, open your eyes and make you see things in a whole new way, and remind you that your world is not the only world. Documentaries can not only help keep you grounded but can also inspire you to new ideas and ambitions.

Farewell Pyeongchang, Hello Beijing

Seoul Korea  Han River Night view

The closing ceremony in Pyeongchang ended another chapter in Olympic history. In a flashy display of fireworks and ingenuity, organizers created a program that infused components of ancient Korean culture with elements highlighting strong economic and technological advancements. Among its many exports that were on display, K-pop was front and center with performances from EXO and former 2NE1 member, CL.  

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Author Victoria JamiesonBestselling author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson will visit OKC in March for a series of writing workshops and author appearances.

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