Parents: Azarchi, Lynne. The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful. Behr, Gregg. When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mr. Roger's Enduring Lessons. Bogart, Julie. Raising Critical Thinkers. Powers, Keri. Social Skills For Kids. Siegel, Daniel J. The Power of Showing Up. Teens: Amen, Daniel. Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades. Shannon, Jennifer. … Continue reading Make it a Great School Year!
Other titles to read if you liked All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher: Center, Katherine. How To Walk Away. Hadley, Tessa. The Past. Hoover, Colleen. Without Merit. Hornak, Francesca. Seven Days of Us. Moriarty, Liane. What Alice Forgot. O'Farrell, Maggie. Instructions for a Heat Wave. Tropper, Jonathan. This Is Where I Leave You.
Growing up in the deeply segregated South of the 1920s, Ada and Matilda should never have been friends. They probably would not have crossed paths if Matilda had not seen an injustice she could not abide. Ada suffers at the hand of her brute like father and is isolated in a stilt house in the … Continue reading The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian [Book Review]
Quirky and off-beat, yet heart-felt, this novel will astound you. At times, its laugh-out-loud funny and other times profoundly moving. At the heart of this idiosyncratic novel are the Rockwells who lives in Ocean City, N.J. They love to tell people they bear no relation to the illustrator, Norman Rockwell. In fact, nothing about the … Continue reading All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher [Book Review]
For those who are getting one last trip in before summer ends, try an ebook or audiobook.
Celebrate "Lasagna day" and "Culinary Arts Month" with these delicious titles. Flay, Bobby. Bobby Flay's Throwdown! Gerard, Tieghan. Half-Baked Harvest Every Day. Kimball, Christopher. Tuesday Nights Mediterranean. Krieger, Ellie. Comfort Food Fix. Oldwen, Woodier. The Pesto Cookbook. Tucci, Stanley. The Tucci Cookbook. Tucci, Stanley. Taste: My Life Through Food.
Best cookbooks for National Culinary Arts Month.
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You can still print using a library card and one of the library's computers. In addition, you can send print jobs from home or anywhere. Choose one of these methods: 1) Use the URL: https://www.printeron.net/rcl/pl or . 2) Use the PrinterOn App (available from Apple store or Google Play) 3) Email to this email address, … Continue reading New Service: Mobile Printing
Barbara Dybala, who taught art therapy on July 19th, 2022 at the Rockwall County Library used a technique called "neurographic" art. Did you know there are actually many ways to use art for healing?
Enjoy these books that are being turned into films and television series.
Photo by Holger Wulschlaeger New non-fiction titles for International Shark Awareness Day (July 14) and Shark Week: Gordon, David George . Are You Smarter Than a Shark? (Juvenile collection). Hargrave, Kelly. Can't Get Enough Shark Stuff. (Juvenile collection). Jenkins, Steve. The Shark Book. (Juvenile collection). Keating, Jess. The Shark Lady. (Juvenile collection). Lopetz, Nicola. Sharks! … Continue reading Shark Week (July 24-31, 2022)
Anderson, Geoff. The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future. (Adult Collection). DK. Space: A Visual Encyclopedia. (Juvenile collection). Kramer, Jacob. Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide. (Juvenile collection). Murray, Julie. Telescopes. (Juvenile collection). Sparrow, Giles. Universe. (Juvenile collection). https://webbtelescope.org/
Brown, Don. Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History. Fradin, Dennis. Duel! Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words. Sedgwick, John. War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation. Read more at Today in History
Taking some time off from a stalled journalism career, Joanna never expects to be chasing another story in Faro, Portugal. That is exactly what happens when she enrolls in a language course and meets Nathan. He alerts her to some underground activities that reignite her interest in investigative journalism. Joanna also realizes she has feelings … Continue reading 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson [Book Review].
Fiction: Brooks, Karen. The Chocolate Maker's Wife. During the Restoration in England, Rosamund is given a life-changing opportunity--a chance to work in a chocolate house. Frantz, Laura. A Heart Adrift: A Novel. Haratischwili, Nino. The Eighth Life (For Brilka). A chocolate recipe handed down from one family member to the next brings happiness and a … Continue reading Compelling books about Chocolate
Stores time sales to occur around holidays when shoppers have time to look for purchases. July 4th is no exception. Consumer reports online has even created a feature called "Best July Fourth Sales" on many products, e.g. cars, kitchen appliances, mattresses, grills. To find Consumer Reports online, http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library Choose Resources Choose Databases & Downloads Choose … Continue reading Consumer Reports
The Rockwall County Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.
Non-Fiction: Dillow, Gordon. Fire In The Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth. (Adult Collection). Gardner, Jane. How Asteroids Shaped Earth. (Juvenile collection). Kilzer, Nicholas. Asteroids, Comets and Meteors. (Juvenile collection). Owings, Lisa. Asteroid Impact. (Juvenile collection). Regan, Lisa. Asteroids and Comets. (Juvenile collection). Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Cosmic Queries. (Adult collection). … Continue reading June 30 is Asteroid Day!
What is fascinating is the way Lunde compares the disappearance of bees, also known as colony collapse disorder, with the disintegration of family and natural bonds. This is a chilling speculative novel about what may happen if red flags about pollinators and the climate are ignored.
Foo, Stephanie. What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma. Morton, Kati. Traumatized: Identify, Understand, and Cope With PTSD. Naidoo, Uma. This Is Your Brain On Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods That Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD. Van Der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body.
Latta, Sara. Smash: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe With the Large Hadron Collider. Preece, Christopher. Fire--Salt--Slime! Ottaviani, Jim. Levitation: Physics and Psychology. Ottaviani, Jim. Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists. Shimizu, Akane. Cells at Work. Weakland, Mark. Zombies and Electricity. This graphic novel is part of the Monster Science series. Look for these and others … Continue reading Online STEM Comics
Foster, Jeff. Man Alive: The Health Problems Men Face. Matthews, Michael. Muscle for Life. Spar, Myles. Optimal Men's Health. Health Reference. Men's Health Concerns Sourcebook. Websites: Men's Health Month Men's Health Resource Center Men's Health Network Talking About Men's Health
Sensible Alice always thought she would become a farmer. Even though she took a safe job in a county planning department, she always knew she would inherit the family orchard. After a series of losses, however, Alice finds herself alone and bereft of the family farm. In a chance encounter, Alice meets another troubled person, … Continue reading Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin [Book Review]
Great reads for Father's Day!
Cunningham, Kevin. Emancipation Proclamation. (Juvenile collection). Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. (Juvenile collection) Lyons, Kelly Starling. Kelly's Broom. (Juvenile collection). Nelson, Vaunda. Almost to Freedom. (eBook). Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad In The Sky. (Juvenile collection). Featured Documents --Featured documents from the National Archives. Juneteenth Celebration--Explores the origins … Continue reading Juneteeth–Juvenile Books and Teaching Resources
Rockwall County Library will be closed Monday, June 20th in celebration of Juneteenth. Take a look at these books related to Juneteenth at Rockwall County Library: Burke, Tarana, ed. You Are Your Best Thing. (Adult Collection) Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. (Adult Collection). Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Water Dancer. (Adult Collection). Ellison, Ralph. Juneteenth. … Continue reading Celebrate Juneteenth
Many popular manga series are available for check out at the library or are available digitally.
Did you know? Listening to an audiobook provides the same benefits as reading printed books. Photo by APRIL STUDIO: https://www.pexels.com/photo/girl-in-yellow-and-blue-dress-holding-book-7745117/ Audiobooks increase comprehension through visualization. If you're going on a summer trip, digital audiobooks are convenient and portable. Plus, you can count audiobooks on your summer reading log. Look for these audiobooks read by award-winning … Continue reading June is Audiobook Month
A troubled girl and a widower strike up a friendship in Berg's heart felt novel, The Story of Aruthur Truluv. Unwed and pregnant, Maddie spends a lot of her time in cemeteries where widower Arthur Truluv has lunch everyday. Truluv has an uncanny of peering into the lives of the departed. Mostly, however, he goes … Continue reading The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg [Book Review]
We are so excited to have you reading with us this summer! In addition to the Children's and Teen reading program, we are offering several events and activities for the Adult Summer Reading Program. You can visit this link to read all about it in our newsletter: https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/DocumentCenter/View/8656/Library-Summer-2022-Newsletter To complete your reading challenge log for … Continue reading Summer Reading Programs For All
Just because its summer doesn't mean you have to stop learning. CK-12 Foundation -- Flex books are interactive text books that have interactive visuals and practice problems in many subjects. This platform is for students, teachers, and adult learners. Digital Learn -- The Public Library Association has created free digital courses that can teach you … Continue reading Keep Learning!
June is "Great Outdoors" month. Many kinds of outdoor activities offer mental health benefits, exercise, and enjoyment. Gooley, Tristan. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs. (Overdrive eBook). Hopgood, Tim. My Big Book of Outdoors. (Juvenile collection). Knight, Eric M. Foraging Texas. (Adult collection). McDougall, Len. The Scouting Guide to Tracking. (Adult collection). Puglisi, Stephanie. … Continue reading June is “Great Outdoors” Month
June 1, 2022 June 1 is World Reef Day. Possibly there's no better time to think about conserving coral reefs. Here are some titles from the Juvenile collection: Gibbons, Gail. Coral Reef (2019). Guillian, Charlotte. Deep Blue. (2020). Klatte, Kathleen. Reefs and Volcanoes: How Earth's Atolls Formed. (2020). Martin, Claudia. Coral Reefs (2020). Tzomaka, Vassilliki. … Continue reading World Reef Day
Continuing where The Dark Side of Innocence left off, Manic is is a harrowing account of a woman's struggle with bipolar depression. In this episodic memoir, Cheney explains how the disease helped her be an asset at her legal firm. During the hypomanic phase she could be charming and a fantastic entertainment lawyer. She could … Continue reading Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney [Book Review]
© Alexander Mustard World Ocean Day's focus is to protect 30% of our land, waters, and oceans by 2030. Read about the ocean and protecting these valuable resources: Baker, Kate. Secrets of the Sea. (Juvenile collection). Berwald, Juli. Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish. (Adult collection). Broad, William. The Universe Below. (Adult collection). French, Jess. Earth's … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!
Summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults coming on June 6. Read about the Summer Reading programs: https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/DocumentCenter/View/8656/Library-Summer-2022-Newsletter
By Bethany R. So, as many of us know, May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. I’ll admit, this is tough topic to talk about for many of us, including me. A little over three years ago I lost someone very dear to me to suicide. At the time, I felt like my world … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month
One in five species of reptiles (including turtles) are under threat of extinction. Read about turtles and tortoises at Rockwall County Library. Esbaum, Jill. Sea Turtles. (Juvenile collection) Gibbons, Gail. Sea Turtles. (Juvenile collection) Goebel, Jenny. Adelita: A Sea Turtle's Journey. (Juvenile collection) Lovich, Jeffrey. Turtles of the World: A Guide to Every Family. (Adult … Continue reading World Turtle Day
Elsa believes what her family tells her--that she is weak because she suffered scarlet fever as a child. Elsa, however, soon proves her strength by helping her family survive during the worst and bleakest time in American history, the dust bowl years. Even though Elsa loses everything she owns twice and her husband, Rafe, leaves … Continue reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. [Book Review]
Alary, Laura. The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything is the perfect picture book biography. The astronomer in question is Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the United States. This picture book serves as a wonderful introduction to an astronomer whose contributions (e.g. discovery of comets) were not widely recognized at the time. An author's note … Continue reading New Juvenile STEM Titles
Chan, Jessamine. The School For Good Mothers. In Chan's dystopian novel, "bad" mothers, women who exhibit bad parenting skills, are sent to rehabilitation centers. Some parents, like Frida Liu, have only minor infractions yet they are still sent. Hirahara, Naomi. Clark and Division. Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award and Lefty for Best Historical … Continue reading More great reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Rockwall County Library is having a special virtual program on decluttering this June. Don't miss Shannon Huneycutt, certified KonMari Consultant, Organizer, and Speaker's virtual program on the KonMari method on June 2, 2022 at 6:00 PM. Register here: https://forms.gle/9yyiSB6MCi1HEv7R9 If you need more ideas on how to declutter, look for these titles: Davidson, Jeffrey. Simpler … Continue reading Learn the KonMari Method with Us!
Ask how you can access digital comics and graphic novels with your Rockwall County Library card. There's comics for every age group: kids, teens, and adults.
Bertinelli, Valerie. Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today. Bongiorno, Karen. The ABCs of Being Mom. Casares, Whitney. The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself. Drummond, Ree. Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood. Falter, Suzanne. The Extremely Busy Woman's Guide To Self-Care. Taylor-Kabbaz, Amy. Mama Rising: Discovering the … Continue reading Mother’s Day
Don't forget about these amazing titles related to Star Wars: Alexander, Chris. Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects. Angleberger, Tom. Origami Yoga #6. Angleberger, Tom. Darth Vader Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book. Brake, Mark. The Super Cool Science of Star Wars. Heinecke, Liz Lee. Star Wars Maker Lab. Iannini, Robert E. Electronic Gadgets … Continue reading May the 4th be with You!
Fifty percent of Americans experience a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. Peruse these titles at Rockwall County Library that address mental health and social well-being. Amen, Daniel. You, Happier: The Seven Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good. Bock, Kenneth. Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the Hidden Causes of Anxiety. Brewer, Judson. Unwinding Anxiety: … Continue reading May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Chung, Catherine. The Tenth Muse. (Adult collection). Ho, Joanna. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. (Juvenile collection). Hughes, Kiku. Displacement. (Young adult collection). Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. (Adult collection) Ozeki, Ruth. The Book of Form and Emptiness. (Large print collection) Qu, Anna. Made in … Continue reading May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month.
Photo by Craig Adderley: https://www.pexels.com/photo/chewbacca-of-star-wars-3526020/ Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, "In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” The same could be said for George Lucas. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise premiere. Learn more by visiting Newsbank, one of Rockwall County Library's databases. To access Newsbank: http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library Resources Databases … Continue reading May the 4th Be With You!
Read these new works of fiction and non-fiction for National DNA Day. Fiction: Abrams, Stacey. While Justice Sleeps. (Adult Collection) Benedict, Marie. Her Hidden Genius. (Adult Collection) Reichs, Kathy. The Bone Code. (Adult Collection) Non-Fiction: Isaacson, Walter. The Code Breaker. (Adult Collection). Markel, Howard. The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick. (Adult … Continue reading National DNA Day
What we're reading for National Sky Awareness Week (April 24-30): The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The Handy Science Answer Book. (Adult collection). Carson, Mary Kay. The Tornado Scientist. (Juvenile collection). Dewdney, Christopher. 18 Miles: the Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and its Weather. (Adult collection). Nickel, Sandra. Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life … Continue reading National Sky Awareness Week
April 18th is National Columnist Day. Try reading one of these books written by a newspaper or magazine columnist. Albom, Mitch. Finding Chika, a Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Barry, Dave. Lessons From Lucy. Brooks, Arthur. From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose. Brooks, David. The Social … Continue reading Columnists
Read these works of fiction which have an environmental theme for Earth Day.
Photo by PhotoMIX Company: https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-photography-of-yellow-daffodil-flowers-96603/ The Rockwall County Library will be closed Friday April 15th through Sunday April 17th in observance of Good Friday and Easter Weekend.
Bissonnette, Aimee. The Second Life of Trees. (Juvenile Collection). Foster, Craig. Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary World. (Adult Collection). Goodall, Jane. Seeds of Hope. (Adult collection). Hayhoe, Katharine. Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing.(Adult Collection). Kassinger, Ruth. Garden of Marvels (Adult Collection). Lang, Heather. Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Discovered … Continue reading Books to Read for Earth Day
Christianson, John. The Wealth Creator's Playbook. De Leon, Paco. Finance For The People. Kotlikoff, Laurence J. Money Magic: An Economist's Secrets To More Money. Krueger, David. Your New Money Story. Lazaroff, Peter. Making Money Simple: The Complete Guide. Loftsgordon, Amy. Credit Repair. Ramsey, Dave. Baby Steps Millionnaires. Singletary, Michelle. What To Do With Your Money … Continue reading Great Reads for Money Smart Week
Join Money Smart Week for a week of virtual financial capability programming Saturday, April 9 through Saturday, April 16, 2022. This week-long free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s line-up includes: Monday, April 11 @ 1:00 p.m. CT | Spend … Continue reading Money Smart Week
April is National Poetry Month. It's also a great time to read a novel in verse. Enjoy one of these novels in verse written for high school, middle and elementary grade readers. Acevedo, Elizabeth. Clap When You Land. (Young adult collection). Baron, Chris. The Magical Imperfect. (Juvenile collection). Fipps, Lisa. Starfish. (Juvenile collection). Guidroz, Rukhsanna. … Continue reading Novels in Verse
by Chantal W. In mysteries, the frame or the context is often what lures readers. Mysteries can be set in some many different locales and time periods. The details and context enrich the tale and make the mystery stand out. The setting and the protagonist become inextricably intertwined. Elizabeth Peters set her cozies in Egypt, … Continue reading Crime scene
Libraries connect users to their past by providing genealogical information.Photo by Suzy Hazelwood: https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-a-military-man-with-his-family-6707072/ Even though libraries have faced challenges, they also have never been more vital. Libraries protect the freedom to read by collecting materials that reflect all viewpoints. Libraries fight misinformation by helping users find reliable sources of information. Libraries connect users to … Continue reading National Library Week (continued)
National Library Week is April 3-9. In 2022, we're celebrating the many ways libraries creation connections. What does Rockwall County Library connect you to? Let us know by creating a social media post. Use the following hashtags: #rockwallcountylibrary #nationallibraryweek #mylibrary. You can also fill out a Connect with your Library comment card at one of … Continue reading National Library Week
Bethany R. For me, it’s always fun getting lost in a good story. That’s one thing that I love about being a public librarian (and my past job working in the publishing industry). However, another thing that I love about discovering great stories is the enjoyment that comes with sharing those stories with others! Some … Continue reading Getting Lost in Good Stories
Celebrate Citizen Science Month by reading and or participating in one of these projects.
by Chantal W. The novel opens with an unusual discovery--a boy field has been wounded and left for dead in a field. Three teenagers comes across his body by accident when they are out walking. The discovery has a ripple effect in the local community, altering everyone's life that intersects with his. The teenagers who … Continue reading The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey. [Book Review]
Bair, Amy. Blogging for Dummies. Levinson, Deborah. Build Your First Web App. Messenlehner, Brian. Building Web Apps With WordPress. Niederst Robbins, Jennifer. Learning Web Design. Sabin-Wilson, Lisa. Word Press All-in-One For Dummies. Tracy, John A. Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies. Waters, Adam. Confident Digital Content. Tutorials: Freecodecamp.org -- (WordPress) Gcflearnfree.org -- (WordPress, Web design) w3schools.com … Continue reading WordPress & Web Apps
Books: Bloom, Harold. Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles. Gauthier, Mary. Saved By A Song. Gorman, Amanda. Call Us What We Carry. Harjo, Joy. Living Nations, Living Words. Hill, daMaris B. Breath Better Spent. Ni Ghriofa, Doireann. A Ghost in the Throat. (cloudLibrary ebook). Digital Magazines: Try reading these literary magazines and many others … Continue reading National Poetry Month
Library of Congress's Today in History makes history come alive. Before Betty Crocker, a fictional construct for General Mills, Fannie Farmer, changed American cuisine. On this day, March 23, Fannie Farmer, who significantly altered how Americans cook, was born in Boston. She is known for her Boston Cooking-School Cookbook. 101 Classic Cookbooks: 500 Classic Recipes. … Continue reading Today in History
World Water Day is an annual celebration that raises awareness of the two billion people that do not have access to safe water. You will find more infographics at Statista Look for these books in the adult collection: Bilott, Roberts. Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle. Clark, Anna. The Poisoned City. … Continue reading World Water Day
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Photo by Steven Hylands from Pexels This month we're celebrate Irish writers. Ireland is renowned for its stories, its songs, its poets and its writers. Enjoy these new books at Rockwall County Library written by Irish writers. Donohue, Rachel. The Temple House Vanishing. At a secluded school, a school girl and her art teacher disappear. This Gothic thriller … Continue reading Irish Authors To Read
Rockwall County Library has many books creating crafts out of a variety of materials. In addition to print books, you may want to consider reading an ebook in our digital collection. Some books in Rockwall County Library's gardening section e.g. The Complete Book of Ferns include crafting ideas. There are some books written specifically for … Continue reading National Craft Month
Fraternal twin sisters, Fern and Rose, look nothing alike yet they are devoted to each other. Rose takes care of Fern whose autism spectrum disorder often leads to sensory overload. The two of them have had a difficult childhood -- their mother has not always provided a stable home. They emerge mostly unscathed except for … Continue reading The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth. [Book Review]
Best for ages 3-7.
Join us for a fun crafting activity during Spring break: March 8 from 2 to 3:30 PM (for Teens) March 9 from 2 to 3:30 PM (for Kids)
For this month's 2022 Adult Reading challenge, I chose Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. In this humor-filled novel, the protagonist's sister enters a competition and tries to "Go the Distance." She attempts to break the world record for baking the greatest number of frosted rabbit cakes. Why rabbit cakes? Eva Babbitt who is Lizzie's mother, … Continue reading Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. [Book Review]
Adlington, Lucy. The Dressmakers of Auschwitz. Andersen, Jens. Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking. Bren, Paulina. The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free. Dreilinger, Danielle. The Secret History of Home Economics. Ebadi, Shirin. Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran. Kaplan, Janice. The Genius of Women: From Overlooked To … Continue reading Women’s History Month
Rockwall County Library is closed on March 2 in honor of Texas Independence Day. Texas Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836.
Digital Magazines are now available at Rockwall County Library. Ask how you can access CloudLibrary's newstand. cloudLibrary NewsStand Stay entertained and informed with the world’s largest catalogue of digital magazines and newspapers delivered directly to your devices. Instantly access 7,000 titles in more than 60 languages when you download cloudLibrary NewsStand. An easy-to-use standalone app … Continue reading Digital Magazines
by Bethany R. Spring can be a time of new beginnings! The Lunar New Year began on February 1st, the winter freeze that has kept many of us trapped at home is begging to thaw, and COVID restrictions are beginning to ease up. For many of us, it feels like this year is just starting! … Continue reading New Beginnings
The Library and other County offices are closing at 3pm Wed. 2/23/2022 and will remain closed Thur. 2/24/2022 due to weather conditions.
Look for these new books on U.S. Presidents: Baier, Bret. To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant. Ginsberg, Gary. First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (and Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents. Ricks, Thomas E. First Principles: What America's Founders Learned. Tobin, James. Master of His Fate: Roosevelt's Rise. Quirk, Anne. Larger Than Life: Lyndon B. … Continue reading Happy President’s Day
Find early voting information provided by Rockwall County Elections Department. Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels How to registerWhere to voteWhat to bring https://www.rockwallvotes.com
Photo by Kristina Gain from Pexels The Rockwall County Library will be closed Saturday, February 19th; Sunday, February 20th; and Monday, February 21st in observance of Presidents' Day.
Have you read these Texas love stories yet? Bird, Sarah. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen. Center, Katherine. What You Wish For. Dailey, Janet. Texas True. (Tylers of Texas). Garlock, Dorothy. Under a Texas Sky. Gillenwater, Sharon. Jenna's Cowboy. (Callahans of Texas series). Hoover, Colleen. Confess. Meacham, Lila. Titans. McMurtry, Larry. Thalia: A Texas … Continue reading Texas Love Stories
Adams, Taylor. No Exit. (Hulu). Beukes, Lauren. The Shining Girls. (Apple TV+) Christie, Agatha. Death on the Nile. (20th Century). Dahl, Roald. Matilda. (Sony Pictures). Donaghue, Emma. The Wonder. (Netflix). King, Stephen. 'Salem's Lot. (Warner Brothers). Knoll, Jessica. Luckiest Girl Alive. (Netflix). Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. (Apple TV+). Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. (Apple … Continue reading Coming Soon to a Screen Near You
Every year Readers and User Services Association (RUSA) creates a list of notable books. Enjoy these notable books at Rockwall County Library. Adrenaline: Cosby, S.A. Razorblade Tears. Fantasy: Clark, P. Dejeli. A Master of Djinn. Historical: Harris, Nathan. The Sweetness of Water. Mystery: Manansala, Mia. Arsenic and Abobo. Science Fiction: Chambers, Becky. A Psalm for … Continue reading RUSA Winners
Set in the Italian alps, Flowers Over the Inferno, is fast-paced and chilling. Tuti comes from that region and she brings the fictional town of Traveni, a picturesque village that wants to protect its dark secrets, to life. Beneath the town's picturesque exterior there are dark forces--an evil doctor and a nefarious school conducting dark … Continue reading Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti [Book Review]
Look for these notable memoirs and biographies in the Rockwall County Library's adult and juvenile collections.
Enjoy these novels that feature Chinese myths and legends.
Some works that discuss data privacy: Adam, Levin. Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers. Aschoff, Nicole Marie. The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance. Karle, Melody. A Social Media Guide. Kirtley, Jane. Privacy Rights in the Digital Age. (Reference). Yates, Chris. Share: How Organizations Can Thrive In An Age of … Continue reading Data Privacy Week, January 24-28, 2020
Nebula-award winner and five time Hugo award winner, Michael Swanwick offers a startling collection of stories in Not Much Said The Cat. Though the man in "The Man in Grey" says he is "nobody," its clear there's more to him than meets the eye. He tells Martha, "I am not a camera. I'm just the … Continue reading Not Much Said The Cat by Michael Swanwick [Book Review].
Is reading more one of your New Year's resolutions? Make reading your goal with Rockwall County Library's 2022 Reading Challenge. Librarians are excited to share the just-for-fun 2022 Reading Challenge. Each month we will be sharing two different prompts for the reading selection. However, as this is purely for fun with no prizes, you are … Continue reading Introducing the 2022 Reading Challenge
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Read these guides if you need to organize your home.
Established in 1894, National Bird Day is a day to raise awareness about the protection of various species of birds.
What's your hobby? Enhance your skills or organize your workshop with these hobby related books. Boyle, Carmae. Make it Modern Macrame the Boho Chic Guide. Cornog, Phoebe. Wonder Walls: How to Transform Your Space. DK. Woodworking: The Complete Step by Step Manual. Katsuji, Sueko. A Beginner's Guide to Terrarium Gardening. Locke, Bee. Creative Woodburning: Projects, … Continue reading January is National Hobby Month
Look for these Hugo award winning books at Rockwall County Library. Best Novel: Wells, Martha. Network Effect. Best Novella: Vo, Nghi. Empress of Salt and Fortune. Best series: Wells, Martha. The Murderbot Diaries. Best related work: Headley, Maria Dahvana. Beowulf: A New Translation.
by Chantal W. If you've always wanted to manage your personal finances better, these resources may help you get started. Everyone, from millennials to retirees, can benefit from careful financial planning that these guides offer. Selected books and websites on this topic are listed below: Cagan, Michele. Budgeting 101: From Getting Out of Debt and … Continue reading January is Financial Wellness Month.
Kress skillfully interweaves scientific facts about DNA and the genetic bottleneck, that occurred 70,000 years ago, with fiction.
Celebrate "Mind Body Wellness" day by reading one of these books on the topic: Brackett, Marc A. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions. Carter, Lewis. In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace. Cherniss, Cary. Leading With Feeling. Hajeski, Nancy. Nature's Best Remedies. Kotler, Steven. The Art … Continue reading Mind Body Wellness Day is January 3
The Midnight Library is the perfect book to read in January.
by Bethany R. I’m often told that I use big words. That may be true, but as the daughter of a writer/editor and growing up in a family of bookworms, I come by it naturally. However, I don’t think that using big or usual words is necessarily a bad thing. I believe very much in … Continue reading Power of Words
The Rockwall County Library will be closed December 23-25 for the Christmas holiday and December 31 and January 1st for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Today is the winter solstice and the annual celebration of short story day.
Ancowitz, Nancy. Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead. Finkle, Jane. The Introvert's Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up. Krannick, Ronald. Job Interview Tips For Overcoming Red Flags. Husain, Mischal. The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job. Siegel, Ian. Get Hired Now: How to … Continue reading Resources for Job Seekers
Most of us like the convenience of shopping online. In 2020, over two billion people made digital purchases. Online retail grows higher each year but growth was particularly robust during the pandemic year. Rising e-retail sales incur, however, more opportunities for cyber criminals. According to the National Cybersecurity Alliance, here are some things you can … Continue reading Stay Safe Online
Need some rest and relaxation during the hectic holiday season? Participate in the De-Stress Fest at Rockwall County Library. When: December 15-18, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evening and all afternoon on Saturday. Wed 4:30-5:30pm Thurs 4:30-7:30pm Fri 3:30-4:30pm Sat 10:30am-3:30pm Where: Look for stress-busting stations throughout the library, in the library patio, or balcony. How: Grab … Continue reading De-Stress Fest
To access the CloudLibrary service, go to yourcloudlibrary.com Login with location and library card # (no spaces). CloudLibrary apps available for android, Apple, or Kindle Fire. Titles can be read or listened to in a Windows browser. 21 day loans (can be returned early) To find additional digital books (Overdrive/Libby, E-Read Texas, and more) https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/569/Downloadable-eBooks
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Costanza, Stephen. King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. King of Ragtime profiles the legendary ragtime musician in a way that inspires the youngest readers. Hinrichs, Alexanra. The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor. Kerbel, Deborah. Fred & Marjorie: A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin. In … Continue reading More Inspiring Picture Book Biographies
Redding, Anna Crowley. The Gravity Tree. Freeman, Anna Harber. Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez. Leung, Julie. Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee. Nickel, Sandra. The Stuff Between The Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe. Sorell, Traci. Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross. Williams, Alicia. Jump At The Sun: … Continue reading Best Picture Book Biographies
A searing novel by acclaimed novelist, Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations explores the topics that daunt humankind.
by Bethany R. Gratitude can be a difficult topic, as this past year has been difficult for a lot of us. Many of us realize that there is less around the Thanksgiving table, fewer gifts under the Christmas tree, and maybe even fewer loved ones gathered to celebrate. Some of us may even struggle to … Continue reading Attitude of Gratitude
Today, November 8, 2021, is National STEM Day. This series, STEM Projects in Minecraft, combines STEM learning and gaming. Keppeler, Jill. The Unofficial Guide to Crafting in Minecraft. Keppeler, Jill. The Unofficial Guide to Exploring Biomes in Minecraft. Nagelhout, Ryan. The Unofficial Guide to Science Experiments in Minecraft. Tower, Eric. The Unofficial Guide to Growing … Continue reading National STEM Day
Dimaline, Cherie. Empire of Wild. (fiction) Erdrich, Louise. The Night Watchman.(fiction) Ford, Kelli Jo. Crooked Hallelujah. (fiction) Hobson, Brandon. The Removed. (fiction) Hogan, Linda. The Woman Who Watches Over the World. (memoir) Harjo, Joy. Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First People's Poetry. (poetry) Jones, Stephen. The Only Good Indians. (fiction) Kimmerer, Robin Wall. … Continue reading Native American Heritage Month
QUESTION: Does Mrs. Miller really count all the seeds in the pumpkin?ANSWER: Absolutely, YES!! And here’s how she does it: 1. First, she cuts the top off the pumpkin and gets all her materials ready: Spoon, wax paper, flashlight, and paper towels because her hands get really messy and slippery. 2. Second, she takes all … Continue reading London Is Our Pumpkin Seed Contest Winner!
After learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Caroline goes on a trip to London by herself. Even though the trip was supposed to be an anniversary trip with her husband, Caroline goes alone and embarks on a personal quest. The novel is empowering because it features a character who wants to reshape her circumstances: … Continue reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner [Book Review].
Don't miss Natalie D. Richards' Five Total Strangers available through Overdrive's Big Library Read through November 15. Big Library Reads allows readers to connect by reading the same eBook or eAudiobook for a limited time. After finding herself stranded at an airport, Mira accepts a ride with five strangers--each of whom is hiding something. A … Continue reading Overdrive’s Big Read
image courtesy of NaNoWriMo, https://nanowrimo.org/ Each November aspiring writers are given a new opportunity to write a novel. Don't miss these great books that give tips on storytelling techniques. Child, Lee and Laurie King, ed. How to Write a Mystery: a Handbook. (Adult Collection) Evanovich, Janet. How I Write: Secrets of a Best Selling Author. … Continue reading Nanowrimo is upon us!
What is an apprenticeship? A chance to obtain paid, relevant work experience, obtain credentials, and jumpstart your career. Career seekers. Here's how to become an apprentice: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/career-seekers Where can career seekers find apprenticeships? https://www.apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-job-finder
by Bethany R. As we near this time of year, it seems that everyone is catching hold of the “holiday season.” Towards the end of the year the weather turns cooler, the days get shorter, and our favorite eateries and cafés start offering up pumpkin spiced…everything! Words like “cozy” and “good cheer” are often heard, and most … Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Media Literacy Week 2021 celebrates media literacy and the five components of media literacy. Media literacy encompasses the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act upon information found in media sources. Here are some titles available to you at Rockwall County Library on the subject. Grant, John. Debunk it. (Young Adult Collection). Luhtala, Michelle. … Continue reading Media Literacy Week
Have you seen the Netflix documentary, Fantastic Fungi? If so, maybe its awakened your interest in how these organisms and their mycelium provide connections among living things, especially trees. Some fantastic new titles about fungi: Boddy, Lynne. Humongous Fungus. (Juvenile Collection). Hawksworth, D.L. Fungarium. (Juvenile Collection). Owen, Ruth. Fungi: Colorful Clean-up Crews. (Juvenile Collection). Sheldrake, … Continue reading Fabulous Fungi
These books and sites will help you if you're making a career transition: Bolles, Richard. What Color is Your Parachute? 2020. Dowling, Daisy. Workparent: the Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. Enelow, Wendy. Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed...Get Hired. Matthew, Louis. Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities. … Continue reading Career Transitions
Written for young readers, Alexander's All in a Drop details the many accomplishments of Van Leeuwenhoek in an immensely enjoyable way. Without the benefit of any scientific training, Van Leeuwenhoek improved upon Robert Hooke's invention--the microscope. Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe living bacteria and protozoa. While Hooke and other scientists suspected a hoax, … Continue reading All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander.
Caine, Danny. How to Resist Amazon and Why. Frenkel, Sheera. An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination. Grubb, Sam. How Cybersecurity Really Works. Moschovitis, Christos J.P. Privacy, Regulations, and Cybersecurity: The Essential Business Guide. Rogers, Jeni. 200+ Ways to Protect Your Privacy: Simple Ways to Prevent Hacks. Schober, Scott. Cybersecurity Is Everybody's Business: Solve … Continue reading Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October 12, 2021 is Ada Lovelace Day! For Adults: Chiaverini, Jennifer. Enchantress of Numbers. (Fiction) Essinger, James. Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age. Seymour, Miranda. In Byron's Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Byron's Wife and Daughter. For Kids: Hayes, Amy. Ada Lovelace: First Computer Programmer. McCulley, Emily. Dreaming in … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day
Books on the subject of mental health and ADHD: Murthy, Vivek Hallegere. Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Perlmutter, Kenneth. Freedom From Family Dysfunction. Perry, Bruce Duncan. What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Ramsey, Drew. Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety. Scobie, Olive. Impossible Parenting: … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month
Blackwell, Juliet. The Lost Carousel of Provence. Briggs, Patricia. Blood Bound. Bryant, Chuck and Josh Clark. Stuff You Should Know. Fowler, Karen Joy. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Gerard, Tieghan. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple. Groff, Lauren. Fates and Furies Hastings, Reed. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Kamal, Soniah. Unmarriageable. King, … Continue reading Staff Picks
NoveList calls The Book of Strange New Things "leisurely paced and lush." A husband and wife face huge challenges in this speculative novel. Hired by USIC, Peter is a Christian missionary who offers to bring the Christian faith to the planet's inhabitants. Their former pastor, Kurzberg, has mysteriously gone missing. While most of the company … Continue reading The Book of Strange New Things by
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Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. (Apple TV+) Duncan, Lois. I Know What You Did Last Summer (Amazon Prime) Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys. (Amazon Prime). Land, Stephanie. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will. (Netflix). Meyer, Philipp. American Rust. (Showtime). Moehringer, J.R. The Tender Bar. (feature film). McManus, Karen. One of Us is Lying. (Peacock TV). … Continue reading Upcoming book TV tie-ins & Films
National Podcast Day is September 30th. Unlike radio shows, podcasts can provide specific, specialized content. Podcasts can be listened to "on demand." Podcasts are easily produced and distributed via podcatchers. Listeners can subscribe via RSS feeds, notifying them when new episodes are available.
Going to State Fair offers plenty of opportunities to examine physical forces like gravity, friction and drag. This year there will be more than 70 rides in the Midway. If kids want to learn more about forces and motion after their ride, here are some selections at Rockwall County Library:
by Bethany R. Banned books! What does that really mean? This book was challenged by… Again, what exactly does that mean? I thought we lived in a free country. I thought everyone had freedom of choice. If these truths still hold evident, then why are books still being banned in the USA in the 21st century? What … Continue reading Check out Banned Books!
by Chantal W. Day, Felicia. Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity. Fallon, Alison. The Power of Writing It Down. Frances, Palmer. Life in the Studio: Inspirations and Lessons. Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic. Kleon, Austin. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative In Good Times and Bad. Kotler, Steven. The Art of Impossible. … Continue reading Jumpstart your creativity
by Chantal W. Look for personal finance books in E-Read Texas (available through Texshare.net). When you go to the landing page of Texshare. net, enter your library's name and password. Choose Biblioboard. Search "personal finance" in the search box. This will take you to the personal finance collection: The Personal Finance Collection is a collection … Continue reading E-Read Texas
Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15th. Try these outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction written by notable Hispanic writers. Alvarez, Julia. Afterlife. (F ALV) Cordova, Zoraida. Incendiary. (YA F COR) Cornejo, Villavicencio Karla Undocumented Americans. (364.137 COR) Engel, Patricia. Infinite Country. (F ENG) Fajardo-Anstine, Kali. Sabrina & Corina. (eBook) … Continue reading Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month
This week (September 13-September 17) is National Small Business Week. If you're a small business, you may want to contact the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce for their offerings. Rockwall County Library offers business magazines, journal articles, books, and digital resources that can also assist you. Many small business make use of business mailing lists … Continue reading National Small Business Week
Enjoy these books with your children for Grandparent's Day on September 12, 2021. Brown-Wood, JaNay. Grandma's Tiny House: a County Story!(2017). In this counting book, Grandma's family and friends join her in a feast. Cummings, Phil. Newspaper Hats (2016). Grandpa's memory is fading but he still enjoys a favorite activity with Georgie. Del Rizzo, Suzanne. … Continue reading Grandparent’s Day
National Hispanic Heritage month is coming soon. Look for these juvenile and YA titles at Rockwall County Library. Cartaya, Pablo. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish (J F Car, eBook, eAudiobook) de la Pena, Matt. Carmela: Full of Wishes. (E de la Pen). de la Pena, Matt. Los Deseos de Carmela. (Span E de la Pen). … Continue reading Hispanic Voices for Kids
Graff, Garrett. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History. (973.931 GRA) Gratz, Alan. Ground Zero. (J F GRA) Mafi, Tahereh. A Very Large Expanse of Sea. (YA F Tah) Nolan, Janet. Seven and a Half Tons of Steel. (J 623.8256 NOL) Rinaldi, Tom. The Red Bandana (LP B Crowther). Streatfeild, Dominic. A History … Continue reading 9/11 Twenty Years Later
Barbira Freedman, Francoise. Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond. Brennand, Tyrone. Be The Fittest: Your Ultimate 12-Week Guide to Training Smart. Bondy, Dianne. Yoga For Everyone: 50 Poses. Ferguson, Kyle. Beyond Hot Yoga: On Patterns, Practice, and Movement. Payne, Larry. Yoga After 50 For Dummies. Many yoga magazines and titles are available digitally through Libbyapp.com … Continue reading September is Yoga Awareness Month
September is Library Card Sign up Month. Sign up for a new library card or renew an existing one to enter a raffle for a prize. Enter yourself and your school librarian for a chance to earn a gift card and a book bag of free books from our book alcove.
Amstutz, Natalie. Mammal Mania. Carson, Mary Kay. Wildlife Ranger: Action Guide. DK. The Science of Goo! From Saliva and Slima to Frogspawn and Fungus. Huddleston, Emma. Saving Polar Bears. Smith-Llera, Danielle. First Look At a Black Hole: How a Photograph Solved a Space Mystery. Stevens, Alison Pearce. Rhinos in Nebraska. Taylor, Barbara. The Bird Atlas. … Continue reading More New Stem Titles for Kids
by Chantal W. This narrative switches back and forth from the point of view of Cady, a contemporary woman from San Francisco who finds herself drawn to Provence; Maelle, a young woman from Bretagne who wants to carve carousel figures; and Patrice Clement, a young man from Paris whose family owns Chateau Clement. The stories … Continue reading The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell
September is Library Card Sign Up Month. If you're looking for a job, your library card can help you! At Rockwall County Library, use your card to use a public PC, use Texshare's Learning Express (Career Center, Job & Career Accelerator, Vocation and Career Collection), Chilton Library (ASE test questions), Data Axle Reference Solutions(U.S. Jobs/internships). … Continue reading Job Searching?
For National Dog Day, we're posting photos of Rockwall County Library's Patriot Paws event. The Patriot Paw Demonstration was one of many summer reading events given at the library this past summer. A puppy raiser (Christine) develops a special relationship with puppy-in-training, Orion. Christine demonstrates how a Patriot Paw dog-in-training can pick up small objects … Continue reading Looking back
Books: De Leo, Anna. Mending and Alterations Made Simple. Fairbanks-Crichfield, Caroline. Crafty Little Things to Sew. Goldsmith, Becky. The Ultimate Thread Guide. Lubin, Clementine. A Beginner's Guide to Dyeing and Sewing. Smith, Alison. Sew Your Own Wardrobe. Did you know that in addition to books you can find digital magazines on sewing through the Libby … Continue reading September is National Sewing Month.
Bailey, Jacqui. Let's Investigate Materials. Backhouse, Frances. Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers. Butterfield, Moira. Look What I Found in the Woods. DK. Explanatorium of Science. Heinecke, Liz Lee. Chemistry For Kids: Homemade Science Experiments and Activities. Lord, Bethany. Look Down and See the Natural Wonders of the World. Pruetz, J.D. You Can Be a … Continue reading New STEM Books for Kids.
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Benjamin, Melanie. The Children's Blizzard. Bentley, Don. Tom Clancy. Target Acquired. Berry, Flynn. Northern Spy. Karon, Jan. Somewhere Safe With Someone Good. Keefe, Patrick. Empire of Pain. Louis, Lia. Dear Emmie Blue. Lupica, Mike. Robert B. Parker's Payback. Oyeyemi, Helen. Peaces. Swann, Stacey. Olympus, Texas. Thayne, RaeAnne. The Path to Sunshine Cove. Thor, Brad. Black … Continue reading New Large Print Titles
Photo by Vadim Bocharov from Pexels Library cards empower you to learn your family's story. Access Ancestry Library Edition by using your library card at Rockwall County Library. Search census, vital, military, and immigration records with Ancestry Library Edition or local newspapers via Digital Reel (in library only). Find reference and circulating genealogy books and … Continue reading Library Cards Empower You
July Staff Picks
Daisy is that girl for whom everything comes easily. She has natural beauty, vibrant vocals, and a gift for song writing. Even with all this going for her, she self-destructs in the usual way--drugs and alcohol. Billy who strives to stay on the straight and narrow calls her dangerous and an "impossible woman." Even if … Continue reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Have you used NoveList yet? NoveList recommends these books (listed below) that are bittersweet and hopeful. You can find books on NoveList by "appeal" factors. For instance, find books that have a "strong sense of place" or books that are "funny and banter-filled." Come up with your own combinations in the appeal mixer. To use … Continue reading NoveList
Photo by Puwadon Sang-ngern from Pexels August is National Wellness Month. Here are some new titles that may help you achieve wellness. Brown, Blair Lauren. CBD: Self-Care Secrets to Hemp-Derived Wellness. De Laurentiis, Giada. Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness. DK Publishing. Essential Herbs: Treat Yourself Naturally. Dow, Dr. Mike. The Sugar Brain Fix. Falter, Suzanne. … Continue reading National Wellness Month
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
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
Did you know the first e-Book was created fifty years ago? Use your Rockwall County Library card to access Overdrive's collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, The Overdrive collection can be easily access through the Libbyapp. Access the e-Read Texas collection from Biblioboard by going to http://www.texshare.net. Access EBSCOhost's ebook collection by going to http://www.texshare.net.
by Chantal W. 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, … Continue reading Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning
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
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
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
What can you do for Plastic Free July? Join the challenge:https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/ Read these titles about sustainable living at Rockwall County Library: Cameron, Lily. Simply Sustainable: Moving Toward Plastic-Free, Low Waste Living. Johnson, Bea. Zero Waste Home. Korst, Amy. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle. Sheldrake, Merlin. Entangled Life.
If you didn't have a chance to join us at the July 6 teen event @ Rockwall County Library, why not read one of these exciting books on chemistry? Brown, Cynthia. Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin' Reactions, and Magical Mixtures. (2020). Eldridge, Alison. Beakers, Burner's and Balance Scales! (2021). Faust, Daniel. Fizz, Gurgle, Pop! Chemical … Continue reading A&M Chemistry Road Show
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.
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.
Rockwall County Library will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021, in celebration of Independence Day. Enjoy these recipes from NewsBank for your festive occasion: http://ow.ly/xeYh50FaMnK
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
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.
Come create a vase with us! There's still time to sign up for a spot in the stained glass vase program on June 29, 2021 at Rockwall County Library. Stained Glass Vases with Barbara Dybala, June 29, 2021 6-8PM Free! All supplies provided. Large meeting room Rockwall County Library Call 972-204-7700 to register or visit … Continue reading Stained glass vase program
Overdrive has a marvelous big read this month. The "Big Library Read" allows users to download an online book and discuss it via their platform. This summer's "Big Library Read": The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa. Readers have access to the ebook until July 12 with no waitlists or holds. The Quiet Girl is S.F. … Continue reading The Big Library Read
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
Tuesday June 29: Stained Glass Mosaic VasesCreate a stained glass mosaic vase from 6-8pm foryour summer flowers. Class will be taught byrenowned artist, Barbara Dybala(www.barbaradybala.com). Space is limited. Free. All supplies will be provided. Registration begins Tuesday 6/22 in-person at theReference Desk.
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.
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
Starting a book club this summer? Try NoveList's Book Club Resources from the Quick Links tab to find resources. Find book discussion guides with "conversation guides," "reading notes," and "suggested reading." To access NoveList go to http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library, Choose "Resources" and then "Databases and Downloads." Choose NoveList and type in your Rockwall County Library card #.
Two women, one of whom is just sixteen, form an unlikely bond as they try to understand why numerous women have disappeared in Atlantic City. Ava, who goes by Clara Voyant, is a teenaged psychic who tries to solve the missing cases with the help of Lily Louten, an aspiring art gallery owner. Ava who … Continue reading Book Review: Please See Us by by Caitlin Mullen
One of the options for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge is to choose a "staff pick." Here are some books highly recommended by library staff.
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
Rockwall County Library has three summer reading programs--one for youth, teens, and adults. June 7th--August 7th. Win prizes and have fun! Photo by Oliver Sjöström from Pexels
In a novel that's sweetness served up with a side of realism, Walsh explores a small town's inhabitants desire to live the best version of themselves. When a simply plywood cubicle with the word DNAMIX shows up at Johnson's grocery story, it causes the good people of Deerfield to behave in outlandish ways. The machine, … Continue reading Book Review: The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh
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/2074 … Continue reading Coming Soon–Summer.
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
Stop in and see the teen mural in the Young adult area that was completed in 2019 under the direction of librarian Stephanie Milberger and artist and RISD educator, Jim Hastings. Intermediate and advanced teen artists were hand selected for this project. Work began in November 2018 and was completed in August 2019. Teens who … Continue reading Teen Mural
Did you know that each year the Mystery Writers of America nominate and award the best works of mystery writing? This year's Edgar for best novel goes to Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patron on the Purple Line. To watch the complete ceremony for 2021 Edgar Allan Awards, see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg704Luzy4EKA85E9vv2toQ
Children's Book Week is May 3-9, 2021. This year's poster was illustrated by Bryan Collier who illustrated Trombone Shorty and Dave the Potter. Here are a selection of children's biographies that focus on individuals who have shown extraordinary knowledge, strength, or compassion--real life super heroes. Griffith, Evan. Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne … Continue reading Reading is a Superpower
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.
Enjoy these Star Wars themed titles! Carson, Rae. The Rise of Skywalker. In a novelization of the 2019 film, Carson includes expanded scenes and additional content. Dickinson, Seth. From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (eBook). New perspectives on the film from forty well-known authors. Krosoczka, Jarrett. Jedi Academy #9. At Last, … Continue reading May the Fourth Be With You!
For car repairs, you can find books on the shelves and searchable information on Gale's Chilton Library on Texshare. If you have a Rockwall County Library card, ask a librarian or library assistant for a password to use Texshare. Just search via Gale's easy-to-use Chilton Library menus for the vehicle's year, make, and model. Maintenance … Continue reading Car Repairs?
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
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
Celebrate Earth Day with these reads! Bratskeir, Kate. A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Food Shopping (2020). Brockovich, Erin. Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis (2020). The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2019). DK Publishing. The Ecology Book (2019). Gates, Bill. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions and Breakthroughs (2021). Hyman, Mark. … Continue reading Earth Day Reads
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?
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
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
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
These books can increase you understanding of autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, that affects 1 in every 54 children. Donahue, Karen. Right From the Start: A Practical Guide. Dundon, Raelene. The Parent's Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children With Autism. The book aims to help children who have an autism diagnosis with their anxiety, a frequently … Continue reading Autism Awareness Month
Angelo, Megan. Followers. Clarke, Susanna. Piranesi. Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter. Gonzales, Manuel. The Regional Office is Under Attack. Johnson, Micaiah. The Space Between Worlds. Murakami, Haruki. 1Q84. Palmer, Dexter. Version Control. VanderMeer, Jeff. Annihilation. Walschots, Natalie Zina. Hench.
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