Science of the Summer Olympics

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/summer_olympics/ Designing safety helmets, fluid mechanics of swimming, and more in this nine part video series (2012 games). Baseball will be a sport in Tokyo's Summer Olympics. Here are some books about the science of summer sports: Bazemore, Suzanne. Soccer: How It Works. Buckley, James Jr. It's a Numbers Game! Baseball: The Math Behind the … Continue reading Science of the Summer Olympics

Best Online Tutorials for Adults

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash Texshare's Learning Express Library (available to those with a Rockwall County Library card). Ask for a Texshare password. http://www.texshare.net Tests, tutorials, and eBooks. The Computer Skills Center has tutorials on computer basics, popular software tools, computer graphics and illustration (Adobe illustrator and Adobe photoshop), and tutorials on Windows operating … Continue reading Best Online Tutorials for Adults

Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

According to the AASL (American Association of School Librarians), these are the best digital tools for teaching: Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) (ala.org) Use these tools & others in website (Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning) to help students with news literacy, critical thinking and … Continue reading Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

Book Review: The Language of the Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Though most people take butterflies for granted, Williams elevates the place of this tiny insect in the scientific community. She describes butterfly “addicts” and includes herself in the group. While most addicts are attracted to the butterflies’ color and beauty, a neural effect she describes in chapter 13, she proves there much more to be … Continue reading Book Review: The Language of the Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Coming Soon! PatriotPaws Demo

For books on service dogs:Ascher-Walsh, Rebecca. Devoted: 38 Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs. (adult collection). Charleson, Susannah. Scent of the Missing. (adult collection). Charleson, Susannah. Possibility Dogs. (adult collection). Hamilton, Kimberlie. Daring Dogs: 30 True Tales. (juvenile collection). Keagan, Grace. The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual. (adult collection). Kisor, Henry. Traveling with … Continue reading Coming Soon! PatriotPaws Demo

Career information

If you're looking to reskill or upskill after the pandemic, ask how to use LearningExpress at Rockwall County Library. Learning Express Library offers many benefits to students and job seekers. Learning Express Library Career Center Plus (job search and workplace skills, prepare for civil service and vocational careers)Job & Career Accelerator (discover schools and scholarships, … Continue reading Career information

Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.

Like most of St. James's novels, The Sun Down Motel invokes the supernatural. Strange events have been occurring at the Sun Down Motel since the eighties Carly, who just lost her mother to cancer, decides to find answers to questions her family have been dodging for years--what really happened to her Aunt Viv. The Sun … Continue reading Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.

Book Review: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

Everyone should read this true account of Eva Mozes Kor—how she and her twin survived deadly experiments in Auschwitz. Though this memoir is written for young adults, people of all ages will marvel at their story.  Separated from their parents, and place under Dr. Mengele’s program they are given some meager privileges. They are allowed for … Continue reading Book Review: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

World Watercolor Month

July is World Watercolor Month. Try these books if you want to create outstanding watercolors, especially florals. Ask how to access digital magazines available through Libbyapp.com. Artists Magazine, PleinAir Magazine, Artists & Illustrators are digitally available for checkout with a Rockwall County Library card. Books and DVDs: Ewing, Kateri. Watercolor is for Everyone: Simple Lessons … Continue reading World Watercolor Month

Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

Years after a horrific crime, Tessie, the only survivor in the "Black-eyed Susan" murders steps forward. She is beginning to doubt that the right person has been convicted for the heinous crime. Tessie was nearly killed and blinded by a "monster." After the  horrific attack, Tessie suffers memory loss and psychological blindess--a conversion disorder. Heaberlin … Continue reading Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

Pollinator Week

https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week What can you do for Pollinator Week? Many schools and organizations start a pollinator garden, https://www.saveourmonarchs.org/pollinator-garden-program.html Learn about pollinators by checking out these books from the Rockwall County Library. For young readers: Church, Dana. The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumblebees. Hirsch, Rebecca. Where Have All the Bees Gone? Larkin, Shabazz. The … Continue reading Pollinator Week

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

Even if you’ve read this classic novel of mystery and suspense before, by re-reading it you will find new facets and nuances to admire. Ten people come to an island for different purposes but find themselves fighting for their lives. Among them is a murderer who wants his or her own type of justice. After … Continue reading Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Historical comics, biographical comics, or science comics provide information in an appealing way. Pictured above, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Freiheit: The White Rose Graphic Novel by Andrea Grosso Ciponte, Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill and The Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson. If you are … Continue reading July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Adult Summer Reading — Tails and Tales

2021 Summer Reading Activities Learn about the 2021 reading challenge, crafts, movies, and events. Participants 18+ (for the adult club) can complete multiple reading challenge forms. Online Registration Form Register here for the 2021 Reading challenge "Tails and Tales" Complete a virtual reading log challenge form or ask for a printed copy at one of … Continue reading Adult Summer Reading — Tails and Tales

Coming Soon–Summer.

Do you know about Goodreads.com? Its a great way to create an electronic list of your favorite books, write reviews, and swap messages with fellow bibliophiles? They also have great lists like these below: Hottest new books for the summer season, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2054 Author recommendations is a list of beach reads recommended by published authors, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2074Continue reading Coming Soon–Summer.

June is Audiobook Month

June is an Audiobook month. No matter which format they come in, audiobooks are great for road trips. Audiobooks are an entertaining way to catch up on great reads. Audiobooks also supports literacy and improves comprehension. Look for these award winning audiobooks at Rockwall County Library: Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout (YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young … Continue reading June is Audiobook Month

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Brina, Elizabeth Miki. Speak, Okinawa: a Memoir. Brina struggles to understand her parents and her unique heritage. Brina is a Japanese-American writer who currently lives and teaches in New Orleans. Chang, David. Eat a Peach. Chang writes about his fame as chef at Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious. David Chang is of Korean … Continue reading May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Shadow and Bone Readalikes

If you are enjoying Netflix's adaptation of Shadow and Bone, you may enjoy these other fantasy series: Aveyard, Victoria. Red Queen. (Red Queen series) Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. (Graceling Realm series). Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. (Seraphina series) LaFevers, R. L. Grave Mercy. (His Fair Assassin series). Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court … Continue reading Shadow and Bone Readalikes

Earth Day Databases

Sustainability Reference Center is available on Texhshare.net If you need articles about recycling, renewable energy, conservation, you may want to use Texshare.net and Ebscohost's Sustainability Reference Center. Another great resource is GreenFILE, a free research database that draws connections between the environment and other disciplines, e.g. education, law, health, and technology. To access GreenFILE, go … Continue reading Earth Day Databases

What’s your favorite business/career book?

Bankert, Adrienne. Your Hidden Superpower. Bankert believes in living "authentically and wholeheartedly" with kindess. If you live this way, Bankert believes, you're unstoppable. Being kind changes everything, including cut-throat attitudes on the job and negativity. Schaffer, Neal. The Age of Influence. Schaffer, who named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer for the second time … Continue reading What’s your favorite business/career book?

Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

Use Data Axle's Business Solutions with your Rockwall County Library Card from home or in the library. To access Data Axle remotely go to the Rockwall County Library website, https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library Choose "Resources" from the left hand column. Choose "Databases & Downloads." Choose "Reference Solutions." For access to the database, enter your Rockwall County library card … Continue reading Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels CareerOneStop Business Center Find local job centers. Use CareerOneStop for career exploration, training, jobs, unemployment insurance. CareerOneStop Employment Recovery Need a job right away? Information on remote jobs, remote interviews, unemployment. If you're an employer, you may want to look at this part of CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop: COVID 19 Resources for Employers The … Continue reading COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Digital Magazines

Did you know? As a Rockwall County Library card holder, you have access to over 500 digital magazines? Use the the Libby App. https://www.libbyapp.com Enter your library name and choose "Northeast Texas Digital Consortium." Rockwall County Library is a part of this consortium. Enter your library card. Choose Preferences and choose Magazines as the format … Continue reading Digital Magazines

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture by Reed Hastings

One of this year's most discussed business books is Reed Hastings' No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Instead of rules, Hastings believes in building an organization out of top performers. In his view, workplace rules deter innovation and experimentation. Consequently, Hastings based his entire company on F&R (Freedom and Responsibility). This meant … Continue reading No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture by Reed Hastings